I've been spending some time learning the art of journaling. I've always wanted to journal on a regular basis and I've always stopped using my journal and eventually drifted away from the practice. I'm determined to develop the habit of journaling, if for no other reason, for my mental and emotional health. One of the reasons I fear to keep a journal is that someone will read many of my deepest thoughts and fears. One of the techniques I've been using this month is the paint over. Writing my deepest darkest secrets and fears and then painting over them so you can't see them at all, or maybe just a word here and there. I'm finding this to be very cathartic. It feels good to get things off my chest and out of my mind so the thoughts aren't tumbling around like a hamster on a wheel. It's like I can breathe deep again. Here are my first two pages. They're done on watercolor paper and I'm going to "tip" them into a really large journal I made for bigger journal pages. It's easier to work on them when they aren't in the book already, especially when they are big. I'm not sure what they "mean" yet or even if they mean anything... but that will come, or not. Let me know what you think if you have a minute to leave a comment!