I’ve been meaning to share what I’ve been up to during my little “social hiatus.” If you follow me over on my Instagram, I’ve been keeping it updated every so often more so than anywhere else. But I had some quiet time today and wanted to show you my Touchstones journal.
So back in April, I enrolled in Liz Lamoreux’s Here: Touchstones class. It ran all of April and I quite enjoyed it for the first two weeks. Then I got offered a full-time temp job that literally had sucked all of my time, so I haven’t had the chance to work through the second half of the course yet. Luckily, it’s one of those classes where it runs live for the month, then you have access to it for as long as the person keeps it up so that you can work on it at your own pace afterward. So when I have some quiet time, I definitely plan on finishing the rest of it.
But I wanted to give you a peek into my art journal I’ve been creating in the class. It’s definitely something different for me. For one, I’m using a store-bought journal. This is a little 5.5×5.5 inch Arteza watercolor sketchbook that I’ve altered to suit my style. A lot of my pages are simple cut-and-paste sort of pages. Very low maintenance in a way. Simple and minimalistic.
I haven’t been too fussed about how pages look. I’ve just been going through the prompts and responding to them. I can definitely see a bit of Liz’s cut-and-paste style coming through throughout my journal. But this is simple playtime for me. I’m not stressing out about how my journal is looking so much. It’s all about the process.
So without giving too much of the class away, Here: Touchstones is all about discovering “your thread” and following that thread through your life. It’s heavily inspired by what poet William Stafford calls “the thread we follow.” So far, the class has been super on par with my whole a gentle unfurling process. It’s all about self-discovery through journaling and poetry, and it’s been lovely!
I never really knew I would like poetry all that much. I mean, I used to write very angsty poems as a teenager, but they were more lyrics really. Poetry I never really understood very much. But this class has shared it in a whole new light for me. I feel compelled to write some poetry of my own moving forward, especially in my art journals.
There’s also a lot of list writing happening in this journal too. Liz is all about lists as well. Poems and lists. I’m hoping I’ll have some quiet time soon as my full-time two-week temp job has now turned into a part-time three-month temp job! Working part-times hopefully free’s me up to do more things, especially since it’s mostly part-time remote work.
Anyway, I did share a little in-depth peek at my journal in one of the videos I shared a few weeks ago. Check it out below if you haven’t seen it already. It’s a very chatty video as I show you what I’ve been working on in three of my journals!