I discovered art journaling back in 2008 when I found the Stampington & Company Art Journaling magazine in a bookstore. It was more like a book than a magazine. Fascinated with all the beautiful artwork I saw in those pages, I knew that this was an important find and that I was destined to do this.
But I didn’t know where to start. I had painted with watercolors – mostly traditional, representational paintings of landscapes and still lifes. I had painted some abstract paintings too but they felt somewhat constrained. There were rules and guidelines to follow and there were books readily available.
With art journaling, things were much freer and there were no rules. A variety of different media were used together in the same piece, such as acrylic paint, paper, glue, mark making tools, rubber stamps, stencils, and even glitter. Feelings were far more important than the end product. Art journaling was a way to bring out what was inside of you.
Art journaling has opened the door for me and has led to other things. Altered card decks, art quilts, painting on canvas, teaching others. Art journaling has opened my heart and allowed me to see the world in a different way. I was closed off and afraid to express or even feel my feelings before.
Art journaling has had such a positive affect on my life that I want to share that with you. I want to share my artwork and inspiration with you. I plan to develop offerings such as e-books, tutorials, and classes. I love creating art and am excited about sharing with the creative community.
We are all artists in our hearts and somewhere along the way we can lose our art spirit. I would like to light the path to your art spirit for you. I would like to share my story with you and inspire you to tell your story.