10.10.2011

Art Journaling Monday

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!

10 comments:

Kim said...

Beautiful pages Debi- I love the bird so much! I also like the stamping you did in the woman's hair. Have you been having conversations with your work? I am a bit stuck on that part of the Lovely Dream workshop-but I am going to spend some quiet time alone with my journal after work tonight. Oh yeah- I also really love the vibrant colors you used in both of these pages. Keep going girl :)

Els said...

What a creative way to write about your emotions and yet hiding them from "strangers", véry clever ! And beautiful ....

stitchinglife.com said...

Everything means something to somebody... I like the paint-over technique very much.

di from di-did-it said...

Such a great idea, and what beautiful images. Good luck to you in keeping up with your journaling!

softlyspun said...

These are amazing! What a brilliant way of getting things out of your system and then being able to hide it. Like that idea.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

they are so magical and well done ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (linked with Creative Everyday and A Creative Harbor)

Becca said...

Hi Debi, I love your pages, and the colors in the first piece are so bright and happy! Your lovely faces are amazing too! have a great week!

T said...

what a colourful way to journal. beautiful...

xt

Christina Persson said...

Hi Debi!
Your paintings are beauuuutiful.
The bird really caught my eye and the colors are fantastic.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog about the witches.
I see you are also on Willowing, me to, I will look you up there and be friends there too:-)
And I will put your blog on my favourites. Hugs Christina from www.christinaart.se

Ralonda said...

There is a series of blogposts called " A little bird Told me.." posted by the Brave Girls Club-- maybe something there will resonate with your bird.

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