A few weeks ago I attended my first art journaling class. I was super excited. Of course when I finally found the studio, I was greeted at the door by the hostess and she informed me that their air conditioner was out. It seemed cool in the building so I didn’t mind and proceeded to follow her up the stairs to the studio. The further we climbed, the hotter it got. By the time we reached the top floor, it was 95+ degrees and sweat started dripping down my back. I persevered though and stayed 90 minutes of a two hour class. I lost a lot of weight that day needless to say.
I had a blast and I was inspired by the other women there. Of course I started comparing my work to theirs and started to doubt myself and my artistic abilities but my instructor quickly pointed out that this was about releasing emotions in the form of art. It wasn’t about making a pretty picture for someone or selling your art. Below was the first page I created.
I wish I wasn’t so stinking hot or I would have kept going. I loved getting to explore with different mediums such as water colors, stamps, spray colors, stencils, papers, etc. One thing the instructor shared, which really touched my heart was that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she used art journaling to write down all her thoughts, feelings and rage she had. Once she got it all down on paper, she would then take gesso (which is a white paint like substance used for canvases) and cover the page with it thus erasing all the negative and then would do some positive art on top. It was so powerful to hear her tell the story. Journaling really is therapy and can be so healing.
If you’ve done some art journaling, I’d love to hear what mediums you use. Please leave a comment below. Also, I would love to see some of your work. Feel free to share with me on Facebook or Instagram. You can tag me on Instagram @sheicjournals. Of course I whole heartily invite you to leave a comment below.