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Dutch Design Leather, Est 2013

It seems I haven’t been blogging much lately, nor have I been doing much art journaling. At first I felt really bad about this and kept feeling pressure to do something, anything…. but somehow this self imposed pressure only made things worse… And I lost my mojo completely.

Still I tried to finish the art journal round robin journal for Susan. Did bits an pieces here and there, Played with ink and paint, but somehow felt it just wasn’t good enough. 
So I put it away and forgot about it…well almost…
This week I finally got up the nerve to try and finish what I started. 
Susan’s book is beautiful and the work done in it already, was gorgeous. It’s theme was trees and leaves and/or anything related. I’m not good with trees, or leaves for that matter…but I gave it a shot.
A while back I got some inks for my fountain pens and curious as I am I wanted to know if I could paint with them.
Trying out the colours and since they were green and brown, I thought I might use them for a tree I started in Susan’s journal.
The tree was originally done with watercolours.
Playing with the inks was fun.

I found a beautiful quote from William Butler Yeats.

Not really sure if it’s a quote or a poem though…

But I liked the feeling of it and thought it suited the page.
The next spread was also started a while back, with some paints I had leftover from something else.
Apparently I wasn’t in the mood to draw any trees. I just let my hand guide me and do all the work. 
Oddly enough this often leads me to paint a face…a rather chaotic one this time around, it seems.
I did manage to tie it to trees though with the quote from Khalil Gibran…I guess I had storms on my mind when I painted this.
I feel like the storms are still on my mind as I write this, but I do feel that finishing these pages for the Round Robin hosted by Tracy, has lifted some of the clouds on my mind. 
Bringing what was on my mind onto the paper is of course what art journalling is all about. They may not be perfect, my pages, but they are a piece of me and I do like how they turned out.
Now I just need to find some more time to do some art journalling and lift the rest of the clouds of my mind…I might even find my Mojo back, lurking behind those clouds…
For now I wish you all a lovely week with lots of sunshine.

12 thoughts on “lost my mojo…hoping to find it somewhere soon

  1. Linda says:

    As a follower I was thrilled to see your post! You did a magnificent job with the theme of your RR-LOVE what you have done!!


  2. Valerie-Jael says:

    So glad to see you around again. Give your mojo a kick in the butt and come back! Hugs, Valerie


  3. Monique says:

    Thank you Linda.


  4. Monique says:

    Thank you Valerie, I'm glad to be back =) I really need to get it all together again and yes… kick some mojo butt =)


  5. I have missed your posts and wondered if you are ok. Perhaps the pressure of shared work is one of problems. If it is just for you it can't be judged. Whatever the reason I love your work. You are such a talented artist.


  6. Happy to read that you are o.k. Monique!
    Your Mojo will come back again for sure!
    Great spread you did in th RR Journal!


  7. Beo says:

    Hallo Monique,
    wie schön, wieder von dir zu hören, lesen!! Ich hatte mich auch schon gewundert, dachte aber, du wärest zu sehr mit deinen tollen Büchern und dem Etsy-Shop beschäftigt…. Dass dein/e Mojo abhanden gekommen ist, hätte ich jedenfalls niemals gedacht. Möge sie bald zurückkehren, oder – eigentlich ist sie doch schon wieder da, denn deine Seiten in Susan's Journal sind wundervoll geworden. Das Gesicht zeigt in etwa, was du dazu schreibst und ist daher sehr ausdrucksvoll. Dein Baum-Bild ist einfach grandios! Einfach sagenhaft, wie du die Tinten eingesetzt und das Ganze dann mit Aquarellfarben weitergemalt hast.
    Male doch wieder Bäume, dass scheint dir gut zu bekommen und vielleicht sitzt deine Mojo irgendwo auf einem Ast und lächelt und will ganz schnell von dir gefunden werden…
    Alles Liebe, Beate


  8. Monique says:

    Danke liebe Beate, Ich freue mich auch wieder da zu zein. I've been going downhill for quite some time now. I've just been denying it. Which didn't help of course… but I hope I will be able to find my way back and my mojo along the way =)


  9. Monique says:

    Thank you Susi =)


  10. Monique says:

    Thank you Morag. Yes maybe you're right, I put too much pressure on myself and I really should learn to NOT do that…Who knows, I might someday =)


  11. These are beautiful pages, and I salute your ability to create them even feeling in a slump. I've been in one myself for about a month now, no blogging (till this week) and bare bones journaling (translates to pen and paper for me). Sometimes I think it's a necessary hiatus though, and we come back better and stronger than ever.


  12. Monique says:

    Thank you for your kind words, Patricia. yes you're probably right, also I love bare bone journaling =)


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