Recently, I’ve been talking about this journal and the way working in it has changed my life…changed my heart…
It started with my learning about flow journals…and watching tons of flowish journal videos online.
When I joined the Get Messy Art Journal community, one of the first things I did was find several gallon bags of paper scraps, as well as some envelopes (I’m talking 9 inch by 12 inch envelopes here) that I had gotten years ago in a paper swap…and I tucked those into a plastic storage container…and now whenever I step up to my ledger journal, the first thing that I do is pull out at least three, but usually four, pieces of ephemera and I glue them down.
Then, I have to walk away–which can be the hardest part of all. Letting glue dry when I want to start creating and painting and whatever…it is so outside of my comfort zone. But I am learning…and this whole process is helping.
When I come back to the page, I add stuff–acrylic paint, marker, scribble sticks, water-soluble wax pastels, watercolor. Whatever strikes me on that day.
I come to the page with questions, concerns, worries…and I lay it into the collage. I use glue to put it down on the page. Then my subconscious comes back with the answers. All I have to do is learn to hear what she is saying.
That is what this journal is about.
Here are some finished pieces:
(Please forgive the quality of the shots–they were taken at night, with my phone, because my scanner is not speaking to anyone these days…so…some of them are not the best…I apologize..)
Working this way has spilled over into my other journal work as well…and I really like that.
I like drawing faces, but I have long wanted to expand my repertoire. Imagine my surprise when I figured out I started out in the wrong place to get to where I now want to go…although I seriously would not have it any other way…