Every now and then, we ALL need a pyjama day!
These days, it seems like we are always go-go-go.
We are constantly juggling work, family, social obligations, and more.
And while being busy can sometimes be fulfilling, it can also be exhausting and can completely drain our creative juices!
Yes, I do mean just staying in your PJs all day, and really taking the time to relax and do something that makes you feel at peace.
Maybe it’s painting, doodling, drawing, or another form of art. Whatever it is, make sure to give yourself the time and space to create.
It’s important to nurture your creativity, and sometimes the best way to do that is by simply taking a break.
To me, staying in my PJs all day certainly does not mean I am not being productive but it DOES tell my brain that time ahead is all about relaxing and slowing down.
It means: It’s going to be Sunday morning – ALL DAY!
And so I start my pyjama day with a mug of hot chocolate – simply because I don’t enjoy coffee and tea, I’m weird like that LOL But make yourself a cup of whatever makes you feel good and chilled. And enjoy it while looking outside if you have a nice view.
A decluttered and cozy space will help you feel relaxed and ready to create.
Now that we’ve cleared our head and have prepared ourselves mentally…
It’s time for the main event!
Whether it’s painting, drawing, or another form of art, just let yourself go and have fun with it. Don’t worry about making something perfect or “good enough” – this time is for you and your creativity, nothing more.
Just remember: don’t think too much, just go with the flow. Let your hand move on its own and see what happens.
If you feel blocked, or that everything you make looks terrible, remember that it doesn’t matter, it’s just for fun!
You are not making art to sell it or to impress anyone. Just let go and enjoy the process without pressure.
You could use just one colour to keep things simple, or use all the colours of the rainbow (whatever makes you happy – you know which one I’d pick)!
Again, make it something you enjoy, whether it’s healthy – or not 😉
And keep going until you feel satisfied or tired, whichever comes first.
When you’re finished, just take a deep breath, look at what you made with love and compassion, and be grateful for the moment you took for yourself.
End your day by taking some time to just sit and relax…
Maybe meditate or do some deep breathing exercises, and reflect on how you feel.
I hope you give yourself the time and permission to have a pyjama day soon!
And who knows, maybe you’ll even create something beautiful in the process! But Even if it’s not what you had originally envisioned, remember the point was to regroup and replenish your creative energy.
A pyjama day is really good for the soul!
Let me know how it goes, or what you like to do on your pyjama days in the comments below 🙂
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List of Supplies
– Acrylic paint: Jo Sonja Burgundy, Burnished Copper, Prussian Blue Hue, Yellow Green, Aqua
and Liquitex Basics Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue, Quinacridone Magenta, Titanium White
– Liquitex white gesso
– Hand carved stamp (by me – I teach a beginner workshop here!)
– The Crafters Workshop stencil ”Solace” 6x6in
– Tim Holtz ”Bubble” stencil
– Funky scissors Fiskars Paper Edgers ‘Victorian’
– Faber Castell Gel Medium
– Uni chalk marker white 1.8-2.5mm
– Uniball pigment ink pen metallic violet
– Jo Sonja Opal Dust
I love watching your videos. I love art and haven’t been doing it more than two years
I struggling doing abstract and I struggle doing my journal.
I look forward to seeing your book
I live in UK
Hi Jacqueline, Thanks for stopping by! I’m sorry to hear that you are struggling with your art but I can help 🙂 I think when that happens is that it is because we have become a little too ”serious” about the end result or we focus on what’s not working/what’s wrong, and we forget that it’s supposed to be fun. I have a great online tutorial that you can do in your journal/on paper/canvas/canvas board, it is very easy going, a great way to loosen up and will get you back into the process! It’s 1 hr long and about GBP11, have a look here: http://mimibondi.com/art/let-loose-acrylic-workshop/. Love from Australia, mimi
As a novice at art journaling I love watching how you create your pages. Love the colors, the layers and the idea of a day in pajamas!!! Keep up the videos and the great work.
Thank you for popping by Sharon! Ah, let me tell you, playing in your art journal while in pyjamas (especially if it’s raining outside) is THE BEST! 🙂 Love from Oz, mimi