the importance of playing

tammie bennett's play cat

i've recently discovered the art of playing.  i've been teaching myself to let. go.  trust in the universe.  trust in the process.  trust in myself.  i've loosened the reins on what i'm creating.  i'm creating for fun

i'm enrolled in ashley goldberg's paint.plan.play class and something about it has opened me up to so much mark making, doodling and pattern making without worrying about what it's going to look like.  she has been a favorite artist of mine for many years and i might have squealed out loud when i saw she was teaching a class.  i even broke out of my self-imposed hiatus on online classes.  and i'm so. glad. i. did.  

the combination of me letting go and giving myself permission (in fact forcing myself to play with art each week) is opening up my mind in crazy ways.  the ideas are shooting out of my head like a geyser of shiny bubbles leaving lots of cute notes and doodles in its wake.  

i've also been sending out at least one  of my 50 asks each week and i have some really fun projects in the works.  the more i'm putting out into the world, the more i'm getting back.

i'm going to keep creating art during play time.  i'll keep sharing it here, letting my fun spill out into the world.  like little shiny prisms.

tammie's book of marvels

tammie bennett's project life album book of marvels

i've been wanting to come up with some sort of way to celebrate the little victories i experience each day.  a little victory may be resisting that third donut; it may be getting a new illustration job.  i do write them in my journal, but i wanted some kind of visual diary because it's just more fun. 

i also have been reading a lot about writing down  goals and using visualization and affirmations to make those goals turn into realities.  i wanted a place to write down these goals in a pretty journal.

meanwhile, i've been wanting to start using my project life albums again.  i love using the 3x4" cards.  like tiny pieces of art.

tammie bennett's hand painted project life cards

i took a few minutes over the weekend to create lots of 3x4" cards on which i'll be writing down my goals and celebrations.  i used acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil, ink.  it was so much more fun than i expected and it would be a GREAT warmup if you ever feel stuck or creatively blocked.

so, welcome to my book of marvels.  i'm going to write down my top 3 goals in each of 7 categories.  i'm going to write down my 50 asks.  i'm going to write down my tiny victories.

and more importantly, i'm going to look through this book very frequently.  i'm going to celebrate.  i'm going to plan.  i'm going to use it as motivation for staying productive.  

i'm going to keep my goals and asks cards to myself until i've accomplished them.  but i can't wait to share them with you... hopefully soon!

do you visually document your victories?  your goals?  your asks?  tell me how.

p.s.  speaking of asks, i've asked 3 things.  still waiting on answers to stay tuned.  

wanna vote for me on minted?

minted and domino magazine are teaming up this month for an art challenge and i would be crazy happy to win.  25 pieces will be chosen and sold by domino.com and featured in their magazine.  50 pieces will be chosen and sold on both domino and minted.  

i'm using one of my 50 asks right now people.  please check out my designs and rate them how you see fit.  you can click on any of the images in this blog post and it will take you to the voting/rating screen.

voting ends today, sept 9 at 10am PST. 

thank you!