It’s really fun contributing to books. There’s this process of submitting artwork, filling out some papers and then…BOOM! Months later you get something in your email showing you how your work was included. Then the publisher or the author sends you a contributor copy (and then the thing to do is take a selfie right away).
Inner Hero Creative Art Journal is by Quinn McDonald. This is a book about squashing that inner critic that rears it’s head when we’re working. Quinn has written a book guiding us on how to replace that inner critic with our own inner heroes.
When I submitted my artwork I thought about my own inner hero and immediately visualized a totem that included a hawk. I went back to my notes that I wrote when I made it:
When I tap into my inner hero, it takes the form of a totem. My hero stands tall and proud, looking over my artwork from a higher perspective than the critics I often struggle with. I can actually feel it in my spine! I know that if I can just sit up and look objectively at what I’ve created that any critical reactions will start fading away. My hero has learned to pull away from my own emotional connection to the artwork and instead take it in with a bird’s eye view.
My artwork was compact. I made a pop out card for Quinn so that if she wanted to she could drag it around when she teaches and travels. The front had intersecting words, the inside had the hawk and the back had the handwritten text in journal form.
I started the card with watercolor and then once it was dry I worked over it with spray inks, stencils and markers. The hawk was made with hand marbled paper and free form machine stitching. I loved how the marbling really looks like bird feathers!!
Sometimes journaling is like an entry for a diary and sometimes it’s more of a stream of consciousness. Maybe it’s a gateway to poetry slamming! I’ve got to say when I saw my writing typed out in plain text in the book I gasped and thought, “Oh wow. That sounds nuts!” And then I picked up a meat tenderizer and whacked my inner critic over the head. It sounds however it sounds and that’s that. Yet there is a difference to whether something is typed out the way we normally read or if it’s words that are all scrawled out and manipulated to fit over an art journal page!
I kept the portion of the paper I cut off from the original artwork and made some scrap ATCs from it. Quinn has generously offered a signed copy of her book that’s up for grabs so this means it’s time for a little giveaway!
Leave a comment below sharing something about your inner critic or heroes. I will read through and pick a grand prize winner of the book, an ATC and marbled paper.
Second and third place winners will receive ATCs and marbled paper. Let’s take comments through Monday, March 3 when the winners are chosen.
Thanks to Quinn and North Light Books for including my artwork… now let’s all work the exercises to exorcise those inner critics..!