Art journaling brings out the feelings inside and it is an incredible tool for self discovery. When I sit down to art journal, I don’t have a plan and I have no idea what the page is going to look like.
Sometimes I start with an idea, or a prompt, or just one word. Other times I get inspired by a quotation, a photograph, a combination of several paint colors that look good together, or a particular art supply.
There are times when I start with a feeling that I am having trouble putting into words. In that case I use art journaling to bring clarity and understanding. There is a place where there are no words and art journaling brings me to that place. I like to go deep, beneath the surface, to uncover the real meaning in my life.
I have been through a lot of change in my life and at times that has been very challenging. There was too much change and it was continuous. When I came to art journaling in 2009, I was unsure of myself and did not have a lot of self esteem. Even though I had been creative for most of my life, I felt that I did not have a clear path to follow or a connection to my self. I realize now that I had lost my art spirit.
Art journaling has changed my outlook on life. It has given me direction and firm ground to stand on. It has helped me find my core, my roots, the essence of my being… my identity. Together with written journals with a positive focus, these are tools of self discovery and self affirmation. I try to bring only positive feelings to the written and art journal pages because that nourishes my art spirit and makes me feel whole.
I have taken classes along the way, both online and offline, and they have all shaped my growing artistic expression in some way. I want to thank my teachers: Joan Downey, Aleta Gudelski, Lucinda Patrick, Connie Solera, Effy Wild, Kathryn Costa, Tamara LaPorte, Hali Karla, Andrea Schroeder, and the teachers from 21 Secrets, Spectrum, and Life Book. You have all inspired me to take what I’ve learned and make it my own.