My Vision for 2012: Creativity Prompt #2

My Vision for 2012: Creativity
Prompt #2

What does your muse look like?

Journal your thoughts.

Link up your page here (the url) in the comments section of this post.

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by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

I was at a paper scrapbooking crop last week when I was talking about art journaling, and the girl at the table in front of me asked, “What is art journaling?” Now, I assume people find this blog and our art journaling posts here who are discovering art journaling for the first time because we are on the World Wide Web, yet here was someone right in front of my nose who had never ever heard of art journaling before. So I explained it to her, and then afterwards, I was thinking…what else could have I have said to her to explain why I art journal in addition to scrapbooking?

Then I saw this quotation by the famous writer May Sarton, “I have written novels to find out what I thought about something, and poems to find out what I felt about something.”

That sums it up for me. I liken art journaling as the poetry of the scrapbooking world. Speaking of poets, one of the definitions for a muse is a poet. Let this be the segway for our Prompt this week…

About Our Prompt #2

Muse  (myz)


1. Greek Mythology Any of the nine daughters of Mnemosyne and Zeus, each of whom presided over a different art or science.

2. muse

a. A guiding spirit.
b. A source of inspiration.
3. muse A poet.
Have you ever thought about your muse, and what she/he might look like?
  • There is a great article about how the muse appears in literature and music throughout the world at Love & Longing: The World Of Poets and Muses by Robin Frederick.
  • This survey at Writing101 has questions to help you describe your muse, such as Is your muse plain, colorful, with designs? Arms, legs, wings, how many eyes? See more here.
  • Blogger Emmie Mears has an entertaining description of her muse here, also quoting how Stephen King describes his muse.

If you are interested in further reading on the muse, you might enjoy the following texts:

The Nine Muses: A Mythological Path to Creativity [Hardcover]

Angeles Arrien (Author)


Prayers to the Muses: A whole-hearted journal of creativity [Paperback]

Belle Pirri (Author)

Inspiration for Prompt #2 -What does your muse look like?

Heather aka sparklyduck75

My muse is in water because she’s beckoning me to be more fluid in following my instincts, and also because water is life and it just feels nourishing to me here. There’s a hint of a jellyfish back there, because when you don’t follow your spiritual and creative instincts, it really stings. I do believe the muse, or instinct, or discernment, is a spiritual quality that we all possess and choose whether or not to follow, in our creativity and in life choices. Sometimes I trust it implicitly, and other times I second-guess it to death, but hopefully I’m learning to swim more often with the current of wisdom and inspiration instead of against it.

“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.” ~Florence Scovel Shinn

CREDITS: All Materials by Tangie Baxter, from: Flora Finery and Seaside Art Doll collections; The Princess with the Sea Green Hair kit; The Briny Deep and The Great Pink Sea kits; and Gesso Messy 5: Borders. Fonts: Oysters and Knave, also by Tangie.


Carolyn aka cfalbro

Journaling: My muse if funny, witty and beautiful. She inspired me to create the most unusual things and through those things her true beauty is explored. She shines through my work like a piece of beach glass reflecting in the sun. She is random and sporadic, she comes and goes as she pleases. She keeps me on my toes and I’m always ready to receive her inspiration.

by Tangie Baxter
Papers and Elements from
AJC 2011 Parcel 41 (with SherrieJD)
AJC 2012 Parcel 8 Fusion Collage 1
Journal Anthology 6
Journal Anthology 7
Splatter Graffiti Border Cluster {love}
AJC 2012 Parcel 7 Mixed-Media #001
AJC 2011 Parcel 12


Julie Ann

My muse has flowers in her hair, she has wings, and she is beautiful. She is bold, wild, and inspired by life. I was told when I was in elementary school by a teacher that in order to remain creative, that I would have to hold on to my inner child’s creativity…not to ever let it go…so I have the child in the background as well.


Star: Collage Fodder Stars
Staple: Golden Ocean
Word Art, Stamp,Shine,Box: MUSEical Theatre
Word Art: Dream Spilling
Cloud: AJC Parcel 37
Border: Hey Doll
Stars: Awaiting Dawn
Stitches: Luminensce
Star brad: Studio Remnants Portfolio
Font: AJF Oyster
Wild Word Art: Male Call
Paint: AJC Parcel 1, AJC Parcel 31 with Amanda Sexton
Gesso Lace: AJC12 Parcel 4
Style: Paperworn Art Journal Style
Other: Bold Word Art: More Dirty Words by CrowAbout StudioB; Girl Body: Girl Whimsy by TumbleFish Studio, Head: Glamor Girls by Tumblefish Studio; Zetti Body: Divas by Tumblefish Studio; Wings: Woot by CrowAbout StudioB


Now it’s your turn!

Link up your page here (the url) in the comments section of this post.


Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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