Today I did things a little differently. I created my journal page first and then came to you and shared the why and how of it. I used an old piece of mine for inspiration. And I’m putting that piece in the subscriber library as a free download in case it might inspire you.
Today’s process for me was about processing. I needed a safe place to put my feelings and to get it all out. Of course, I’d written it out in my journal, but then I tore those pages out of my journal and used them as my first layer of texture.
It felt so good to cover them up, and typically I would do this in my personal art journal, but I want to really show you that our journals are the place we let it go.
Too many times I’ve been told that someone has stopped creating because of trauma, or a diagnosis, or hardship… and that’s the last thing we should do.
I know, I know…. we may have to pause (just for a second) but the benefits to our mind, body and soul, when we scratch out, paint out, or collage out our emotion is sooo beneficial.
I’ll share a little bit more of my story and the journey to this page and why our scars are beautiful in the video.
I hope you enjoy the project and that it inspires you to pull up a chair and get it out. YOU are loved!
- My handmade art journal
- Liquitex fluid matte medium
- Liquitex gesso white
- Utrecht gesso for texture
- Liquitex black spray paint
- Daler-Rowney sepia acrylic ink
- Black and brown soft pastel stick
- Kohinoor soft pastel pencils
- Generals charcoal pencil
- Palette knife, dough scraper, old key card
- Masking tape to tear the pages
- Acrylic paint – olive green, quin magenta, burnt sienna, titan buff, unbleached titanium, Alzarian crimson hue, raw umber
- Collage paper