Illustrated Journaling: 14 days of prompts

Joined the class by Dylan Mierzwinski to get in touch with my creative self. Being on sick-leave for mental health issues this seems like the perfect way to, at least once a day, get my mind in a happy place and produce a colourful journal along the way.

 

The prompt for Day 1 was "Currently listening" 

My favourite band of all time is Ninja Sex Party, a comedy band from the USA, which I had the great fortune of seeing live in 2019. The band consists of Danny Sexbang and Ninja Brian and between their own works they also produce cover albums. Their last album "Under the Covers - Vol III" was their seventh published album and just blew me away. Give it a listen on Spotify if you like :) 

 

As a reference I choose the album cover of mentioned album as well as the songlist. 

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This is the finished page for Day 1:

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Day 2 arrived with a new prompt: Recently I learned.

 

I learned quite a lot of things in the last few weeks. Some were quite hard lessons (about myself included) but for the illustration I wanted to focus on positive things that I learned.

 

During quarantine, I started to "relearn" Italian. I had lessons in school and refreshed my vocabulary every now and again before going on holiday there, but this time I wanted to dive into it a bit more intense. I recently completed my 100-day-streak on Duolingo and felt quite accomplished.

 

I also had to learn recently, that it is ok to take rest for myself: Being overworked for years finally took its toll on my health and now my only focus is to heal.

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Day 3: Create with

 

This prompt promised to be something I wouldn't have trouble finding objects or inspiration for. The more I think about it, the more versatile I find my creative output to be. I like to write - with pen and paper, an old notebook, ink and feather, my old mechanic typewriter. I like to draw - with pencil, with pen or ink, with as many colours as I can grab, with highlighters, with washitape. I decided to illustrate a small collection of my all-time favourites for todays prompt.

 

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Day 4: Latest Reading Material

 

Reading has been quite a struggle for me over the past few months. I love reading, but I found it quite hard to motivate me lately. As a new rule that should also help me to sleep better, I exchance the doom-scrolling on my phone for a book. Reading about 10-15 minutes before bed improved the time it took me to fall asleep - and I get amazings stories out of it. Currently I am reading the bookseries that inspired the popular game and Netflix series "The Witcher". The other books I frequent is anything about Roman History, and the last book I read before the current series was "Good Omens". The book I need regurlary is "Princes of the Apocalypse", as it is a module for the popular Role-Playing Game "Dungeons & Dragons", that I prepare for my group of friends to play in every other week. I also added some items off my bookshelf: one of the many ocarinas that are displayed on our shelf, my little Tardis salt shaker and a mask I got many years ago in Venice.

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Day 5: Ingredients to my mess

 

My mess has many, many faces. I am a messy person in general: my clothes are all over the floor, my painting stuff is all over the flat, as is my make-up and jewelry. For the prompt I wanted to focus on my bag - I often chance bags, according to my needs. For the first day my bag is always neat and tidy, but it doesn't take long for the mess to start.

The most important things in my bag are found in todays artpiece: my keys, a bottle of desinfect, some tissues, my notebook, my pencil case and a water bottle.

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Day 6: Daily Routine

I want to have a good daily routine for about 1 year now and never actually managed to find one. Now that I am home all day, I want to really start working on getting one. It all starts for me by getting up at around the same time, drink some coffee and have a healthy breakfast, following by taking my anti-depressants. During the day I try to do at least one task in the household (laundry, kitchen, cleaning, ironing...) and on every other day care for my skin. Things I usually manage to do daily are playing video games and doing sports. Video games are such a huge part of my relaxing process. My best friend convinced me to do a Cloe Ting challenge, and we manage to do sports for 21 days in a row! We are now on another challenge and motivate us to see each other to do sports every day. This was a huge change for me and I am blown away to already see improvement in some excersises. 

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Day 7: Currently Craving

 

Cravings come and go, sometimes in a matter of hours ;-)

The cravings I could put my finger on fastest were warm, cozy clothes. Now that it's getting colder I love cuddling up on the couch in a warm sweater and soft, wooly socks. Coffee or tea are comfort in a cup - there is never a bad time for a steaming beverage. I try and take more advantage of the park right in front of my apartement and get out into nature more. Especially at this time of year, where sunny days grow more sparse. Foodwise I often crave different kind of chips and some kind of chocolate spread. 

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Day 8: I Keep Wearing

 

This was quite an easy prompt for me. My favourite yellow sweater makes a reappearance, supported by a black jeans dress I got recently. I like to combine the dress with different colourful leggins, that improve every boring outfit. Spending much time at home, wooly socks are perfect companions for creative work during the day, together with my new pajama pants (sporting tiny dinosaurs skeletons and sparkles). Flanel shirts are also an all time favourite, simply because they can go with almost every outfit. The chest binder I don't wear to regularly, cause it can cause some backpain if you are not careful wearing it. Reflecting on many aspects of my personality lately, my gender identification was not one to get ignored. I feel feminine most of my days, but being able to have a flatter chest sometimes, to wear a shirt and suspenders makes me really happy too.

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Day 9: Self Care Necessities

 

I was diagnosed with Burn-out and a depressive episode about 2 weeks ago. Ever since then all my efforts are turned towards self care and taking time to heal from the past struggles and efforts I have endured so far. Many things that I listed here have already made it ino other prompts:

My amazing friends and family make it easy for me to talk about my mental health and give me all the support (or space) I need and are very understanding of my needs at the moment. Journaling helped a lot these last few days - getting to identify myself with something else than just my work is a big part of the healing process. Video games (as mentioned before) help me unwind, while getting to be competetive, or creative, or just enjoy a good told story I can take a part in. Regular meals and medication are pillars of my routine I really try to keep going. The cuddles with my partner are what gives me a lot of strength as well. No matter how down to the ground I feel, one good hearted hug makes the world just that little bit better.

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Day 10: Grocery Run

 

We try and make diverse and healthy meals - we usually manage to cook fresh at least once a day. In a recent grocery run we got some mushrooms and pasta for an amazing dinner, as well as greek yoghurt for breakfast, salad with tomatoes for lunch and vegan sausages with cheese for dinner on the next day. A fruit I only got introduced to recently, is the mini kiwi. It looks like an odd grape, but if you bite it in half it looks like an actual kiwi inside. They are juice and delicious and make for a fantastic snack.

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Day 11: Favourite Corner

 

At the moment that place goes to the table in our living room. It is currently occupied by my mechanical typewriter, my brush pens in 100 colours, my calligraphy set, washi tapes, a hot drink and some flowers. I currently bring a notebook to life with a "Dungeons & Dragons" adventure I hope to run for my friends in a couple months. 

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Day 12: Toiletrie Bag Favourites

 

Whenever I travel for a couple of days, I have a fixed inventory that goes into my toiletrie bag. 

 

Cleaning: A cleansing soap for my irritated skin, in combination with a cleanser and skin cream. Tied up is my skin care routine with my washable make up pad.

Make-up: Usually I am happy with some colourful or glittery eyeshadow, an eyeliner and mascara and sometimes some nice lipstick (if I don't have to wear a mask all day ;-)).

Teeth: I always pack my bamboo toothbrush and toothy tabs for toothpaste. The tabs are solid and chewed apart, then they turn into toothpaste, that doesn't hold any microplastics. The bottle is made from recyceled plastic and gets reused when it's empty. 

Lips: When I find the time I apply the lipscrub that tastes sweet and makes the lips all soft. 

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