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Sara Friesen
Houston, Texas
The Infollector
Interests: Documenting and collecting everyday life experiences including...running, eating after running, running after children, running around with children, Project Life, finding beautiful moments.
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Thank you! Last week felt good, that good flow of creating.
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I was very attracted to red this week. I'm a fan of black and red together, and apparently I wanted both my pages to use these colors. There was mix of trying new things and being inspired by other Get Messians' art journal pages. Challenge 4 - try a technique... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Sara Free
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Now that I'm on a writing break, there is so much time to get messy. At least there is more time than there was last week. This week serenity spoke to me about the need to find calm in my life. I've started using my Moleskine journal and so far... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Sara Free
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Falling off the face of the internet...only because we were Floating away from flood waters in May...which had us Hunting quickly for a new place to live...and then we were Moving into a new house...whoo-ee...not planning on that for the summer. Running around checking off Noah's camp list. Taking Noah... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Sara Free
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What a week! I was madly trying to finish up my 50K writing goal for Camp Nanowrimo, so that consumed me. But I couldn't pass up a chance to art journal, so I did one this week, even thought both prompts were delicious. Now that I am finished with my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Sara Free
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There were so many great adventure prompts this week. I was able to do one. My adventurous art spirit has been a bit slow recently. I think it may mean I am ready for a break. I am also pouring myself into other projects, like trying to write 50,000 words... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Sara Free
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I went abstract this week. I enjoyed thinking about structure differently and spreading some paint around without requiring precision or a specific structure. Challenge 6 - Make a background using abstract painting I was inspired by the Kahil Gibran quote and thought it would fit well with an abstract person... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Sara Free
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This week I felt very blahbity-bibbity-blah. I tried a few different things with colors I don't normally use. I went through the motions with a lack of excitement in my step. I figure this is all part of the process and cycling through life as I know it. These blahs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Sara Free
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There were many good prompts this week. I was able to attempt one. My supply situation is still unsettled, meaning there are supplies packed in boxes that I haven't found. I wanted to stamp, but I'm not sure where my letter stamps are at the moment. My heart wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Sara Free
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It's been a super adventurous and fun week with the Get Messy group. Each day we have added an element to a page layout. I decided to try two. I didn't go with my instincts when creating the first page. Day one was tear a page from a book. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Sara Free
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In theory, I should probably focus on unpacking my house since we were unexpectedly flooded out of our other house. There is lots to do still to get us back to organized and with some rhythm again. But I need to be able to make things, to draw, watercolor, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Sara Free
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As the weeks go by, I learn more about the theme (brave) and how I want to explore it. This week I wanted more words to inspire me. I searched for things on Pinterest. I wanted music lyrics this week and found a new Modest Mouse song that I like... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at Sara Free
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Week 5 included some fun technique prompts to try out. I am a fan of trying new techniques. I was lazy on the prop shots this week, so those did not happen. I stuck with my goal of attempting at least two prompts. Challenge 2 - Paint a household object... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Sara Free
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This week I felt overwhelmed with indecision. I'd look at a page and not know where to start. It's like my art journal muscle memory took a hike. I pushed through this by just starting with one thing, the see through paper in one instance, spraying some mists in another.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Sara Free
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Examining a season of Brave. Dressing up as superheroes, well, the girls, not me so much. Going to the library often to get new books. Attending field trips - science museum and fire station. Taking on new responsibilities for the next school (yes, already). Partying out at two bars, two... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Sara Free
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Fearlessly welcoming guests was not such a great idea for April. I didn't schedule one playdate. Before I start examining how my fears took over and didn't allow me to have people over, I want to look at the bigger picture in April. We were running around often and weekends... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Sara Free
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Week 3, one prompt. A nice little break from the intensity of last week's zine. I kept it simple this week and gave myself permission to just make one art journal page. Challenge - what scares me and use a technique out of my comfort zone. Using magazines is out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Sara Free
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I was a little shocked at the prompt for week 2 with the Get Messy Art Journal group. The fear crept in a peep as I considered making a zine. It was change in the rhythm I've begun to develop with my art journal. Ultimately, it was a great challenge... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Sara Free
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We are three weeks into the season of brave with the Get Messy Art Journal group. This has been a fun topic. It has tied into my one little word - fearless. I have found it an inspiring topic to dig into and it continues to push through my fears... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Sara Free
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Fourteen Fifteen - Sixteen Seventeen - Eighteen Nineteen - Twenty Somedays the inspiration is there, other days - I'm really reaching and trying to connect with something in my life. That lightbulb one was popular. While I enjoy the Instagram likes, I'm trying not to get attached or let it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Sara Free
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My internet died last week. Now it's fixed! Hooray! Thankfully, painting, reflecting, and writing does not require the internet. Last week's creations: Seven & Eight Nine & Ten Eleven Twelve Thirteen Hoping the flow will come back. April has been a wild month filled with celebrations, rain, and go-go-going. These... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Sara Free
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The first week of painting, reflecting, and writing was successful. The process was mostly smooth. I'd sketch something, then paint it, think about it a little, then write. I don't have a time limit on myself. My time is broken up throughout the day, do a little here, add a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Sara Free
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Finishing the first season of Get Messy Art Journal Challenge strong. Celebrating many birthday days, it's a great month. Watching my oldest one perform at his school, it was nice to see him so into the songs, very proud of him and would love to see him do some more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Sara Free
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I wanted to fearlessly be healthy this month by attempting a Whole 30. I think it was more like a Whole 26, but darn it was so good to feel better from healthier choices. I went 26 days without alcohol. I might have been noncompliant on a few Saturdays and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Sara Free
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My birthday project this year will focus on painting, reflecting, and writing. The goal is to watercolor everyday, think about the drawing, then write something, probably in a whimsical poetic manner - everyday. I don't know how to watercolor paint. I only know I am drawn to it when I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Sara Free