This second week of my art journal was both more relaxing and more challenging. I liked my first pages, and so this time I dealt with a small bit worry about “living up to them” in the second go-round. But it was easy to get over–pages need to be done, not perfect. Also, I felt freer to explore the materials however I wanted to. I got messier. And it reflects this tumultuous week very well.
I’m happy to say, in the process of making these pages, I wrote my first two poems in almost eight years! Creativity breeds creativity.
Nothing went wrong with my week, per se. But the job situation in this house has been quite a rollercoaster, and some of the feelings I’ve had have been dramatic. It definitely helps to know I’ve got a partner supportive of my career and creativity.
I tried to capture both the moments of calm and the days of intensity.
We have a cozy home, and it’s a refuge from the serious-business things we’re working out about the place we want to create for ourselves in the world.
Some days have really called on my inner resources.
All in all, this has been one of those summers where I got all ready to put my feet up, and instead had my socks knocked off. Can’t complain, though–it’s been a rocket of personal growth, career insight, exciting plans, dramatic realizations, and deep love. I know I will look back and be eternally grateful for the visual record of this art journal.
Here are my tips for documenting a turbulent week in an art journal or a scrapbook:
1. It’s okay to be oblique. You don’t have to describe exactly what happened, if you don’t want to. It’s not the same as vagueposting–this is for YOU, and the combination of words, pictures and colors will be enough to remind you of how you felt.
2. Conversely, feel free to be as explicit and descriptive as you like. If the image or words on the page seem too stark, try painting over them with a thin wash of color, partly obscuring them with a photo, or using paper and washi tape to create a “cover” that must be opened to see the story.
3. Let yourself go. There’s no need to contain your feelings into the style that you’re used to. The very purpose of the feelings that you’re having may be to broaden your style!
4. Some good art materials for intense emotions are acrylic paint, graphite sticks for scribbling, sandpaper to “open” the page, and india ink to create a feeling of boldness.
5. If you make your art journal page, and still feel that it’s too personal to deal with on the daily, don’t tear it out! Use some tiny tape rolls around the edges of the spread to hold it closed in your journal. That way it can still be there, but you won’t have to see it–and nobody else easily can, either.
Above all, love yourself for what you let yourself create. Authenticity is gorgeous.
Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the Pinterest board and the Instagram hashtag #getmessyartjournal.