I am not that great at art – and when I say art, I mean visual art. Put a camera in front of me and I can sometimes work magic, but a paintbrush? Not so much.
When I was younger I used to draw and paint, my creativity fueled by my surroundings, school art classes, and family. When my Kindergarten teacher had decided it was time to retire, left my old school a few years after I had her, I presented her with a painted picture on canvas as a present for everything she had done for me, and my class.
Since then I transitioned to writing; writing poetry since 5th grade and later photography towards the end of 7th. I became less confident in my visual art skills, and I rarely chose to paint or draw compared to how often I’d jump at the chance of taking photos with friends.
Then, I was introduced to bullet and art journaling through Instagram and Tumblr.
Art journaling fit me like a glove. It could incorporate mixed media, a combination of painting, printed pictures, drawing, and writing. I could even add items like old receipts or ticket stubs from happy memories.
I would have to say that the brand Moleskine with it’s classic, blank pages is my preferred type of journal, and I have been filling these books for almost 2 years now. I love sharing pages of whatever I happen to create here and there on my Instagram (@aesthatiic) and have cultivated inspiration from other people sharing photos of their favourite spreads on the platform.
Below I have added some of my favourite pages from these past few months. If you are anything like me, I hope this inspires you to start a journal of your own as they are outlets for creativity that can take as many watts as you are willing to put in.
Inspiration is an important player when it comes to the game of anything and everything. What inspires you to do something, what drives you to create? Where do you get your inspiration from?
I commonly see these questions, the last one specifically.
Personally, I do not get inspiration from one particular source.
My inspiration is like a thunderstorm, a common occurrence. I get my it from my surroundings such as friends, family members, nature and of course, the goldmine that is the internet. I could be scrolling through Instagram one day, and bam, it will hit me.
That is the thing with inspiration, it can strike you any time, any where. (Like at 1 in the morning, when I should probably be sleeping yet instead chose to write this blog post…)
Sometimes the storm of motivation and ideas is fleeting, yet other times it lasts longer than you originally could have hoped.
Once it passes, it is always such a sight to see that the thunder and the lighting may lead to something, a rainbow. That occasion where your inspiration leads to something beautiful.
The inspiration for poems of mine can come from many different sources, such as something someone said or an interesting object or photo. Big Box Stores was a poem I had written in Fall of 2017, based on a photo I had snapped at the Screening Room, our local movie theatre. Instead of giving you the poem’s meaning and explaining what it is trying to get at, I will let you try to figure that out yourselves.
Big Box Stores
“The only game in town”
their neon sign reads,
overshadowed by corporations,
taking over with speed.
The bookstores and coffee shops
close in favour of big box stores.
Where people do not think
beyond the deal-plastered doors.
– Sarah Hesp
It has been a while. I have not posted since last year, although it has been less than 2 months since the clock chimed 12 and 2018 began. I wanted to post something special for the New Year as I was hoping that 2018 would be special, exceeding my expectations and being a good year overall. However nothing I tried to write, or film felt right.
Inspiration often strikes me at the most inconvenient times, such as 12AM on school nights before I have to fall asleep. Similarly, last week, I started to write again and messily scribbled down some poems. I decided I liked one enough to share on here, and feel that new poetry is the best blog post to start off the new year with (ignoring the fact that I am about a month and a half late).
One Minute for a Thousand Hours
A delayed reaction
to the slip of paper,
About to be opened,
flashing to what might
You are up on stage
in front of a face-filled sea,
but all that matters is that paper
and what could be.
Once it is opened,
it is all over.
That fleeting moment on stage
is all you have to show for.
– Sarah Hesp
If you enjoyed this poem, check out my Instagram (linked here) as more writing will be popping up there soon. Until next time…
It is May, which means one thing: final exam are coming up. Since you all are probably starting to prepare for them (basically why I have not written in so long) I thought that I should share some of my favourite study tips and with all of you.
Lately I have been using a lot of these methods and they have been helping a lot when it comes to staying motivated and doing well in all my classes.
- Experiment! Everyone is different when it comes to studying and preparing for exams, so take some time to use different study methods and see which works best for you (and how you learn and retain information).
- Redo your notes. Something I do often if I don’t understand a concept is going back and re doing my notes. That way I go over the information again outside of class and I am able to lay out everything in an organized way on my page.
- Make outlines. Whenever I am studying for a test, it is really helpful to make an outline of everything that you have learned throughout the unit that you may be tested on. That way you can go through all of the points and make sure you understand each one!
For major exams I do the same thing, but I also summarize everything I need to study and put it into one big document.
- Make things colourful. Making your notes colourful (at least in my case) definitely motivates me to come back and study them as I put so much effort into making the notes look nice. You can also colour code your notes so you associate different colours with different ideas.
- Keep a planner or bullet journal. Exams can be quite hectic and since it is the end of the year you may also have a lot of other tasks like me. This year I started a bullet journal and it has helped me to keep track of all my assignments and other activities, all in one spot.
Bullet journals can be customized as much as you want, and do not feel as if you need fancy supplies or handwriting to start one! Mine is fairly simple with splashes of colour and works out well for me. I recommend using a dotted or gridded notebook, as they are really easy to use when it comes to planning out your time and adding in things like doodles.
If you have any other tips, feel free to add them in below!
“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” – Rita Dove
In case you did not know, it is World Poetry Day! Today we celebrate all of the past, present, and future poets along with their work. Poetry is a big part of society as it is a form of art that can bring to light many different issues, and it also helps people to be expressive in an interesting and entertaining way.
Put some time aside and pick up a book, either to read someone else’s written creations or to try and come up with your own.
I know what I will be writing, as well as reading…
Lately I have taken many photos, and I just recently updated my image gallery here on my blog!
If you like photography I suggest you check that page out, but for this post I have decided to share some of my favourite photos with you, new and old.
My most recent favourite is this image, of an old camera I bought last summer. It is so bright and simple, and I associate many happy memories with it.
An image I am quite proud of would be this one. Last summer, I decided to take a photo of my fence in my backyard, focused and unfocused. I then fused the two photos together to create this effect which I was quite happy with.
Honestly, I am not entirely sure if I was the one who took this photo of The Louvre (or if it was one of my parents). Aside from that, it definitely is one of my favourite photos. This photo was taken in 2011 during a family trip to France, and it is one of my favourites because 1) what a beautiful colour scheme and 2) the trip was amazing, so was the museum. If you cannot tell, I would love to go back to France and Europe in general.
This image was taken on July 1st, not long before the Canada Day fireworks started. I took many photos that day but this one always stood out because of the colours (and of course the bokeh).