it’s new to me. i kept hearing about art journaling, but i had to be convinced to try it. i mean i already had my (rather extensive!) journals and i already had my art. i couldn’t really see a good reason for combining them.
|Paint and self-portrait over actual journal page|
but the idea kept popping up. soraya shared one of her beautiful journals at the inner gardening retreat and also gave me this book to read. right about that time i stumbled across the 21 secrets art journaling e-course, and decided to go ahead and jump in!
|Words from my "little boats" poem with paint and photos|
one of the things i love is that it’s the perfect way to experiment and try out new techniques that i’m learning. since it’s just for me, there is no pressure to try to end up with a fabulous (or sale-able) product.
|Paint, painted photo, photo pieces, journal phrases and doodles printed on transparency|
it’s a very intuitive process. when i start, i have no idea where each page is headed since it totally evolves on its own. love that.
|Photos, map, selections cut from New Mexico travel stuff|
also love that it’s a way to piece together little parts of myself in new and interesting ways. i can see the potential for powerful therapy…. not to mention endless FUN!!!
in other news, you may have seen some of these little pieces before, but i recently decided they might do better in a group than by themselves, so i arranged them in a frame and “six little pieces” is now hanging in gallery 204.
i know those of you in other countries are not celebrating a holiday today,
but, heck - wherever you are it's still the 4th of july, right?? enjoy!!!