Art journaling is quite new to me. It came into my life in september 2012.
We were in Denmark on vacation. We usually have great holidays at that time of the year. The weather is warm enough to go swimming in the sea, it is mostly sunny and dry. We have 2 dogs who love to be at the beach (so do we) so we always rent a house close to it.
But this time was different. The house was not clean, and all kinds of things did not work including whirlpool, stereo set and TV. This would not be the big thing, if we could have gone out to the beach, as usual. But the weather was miserable. It was so stormy, that especially at nights I was frightened to death.
The worst thing was, one of our dogs became very sick. One morning, she was sitting in a puddle of pus! We took her to the doctor and she had to be operated. Uterus had be taken out.
I tell you this story, so you know how I felt. The only positive thing was a functioning internet. So with my sick doggy on my side and many books, but no TV, I was sitting in the storm browsing and discovering the colorful world of art journaling. I spent hours and hours watching tutorials on YOU TUBE – mainly Roben-Marie Smiths tutorials. This was THE thing for me. As I have breast cancer, this is a wonderful way to get rid of my fear and pain and all kinds of feelings I do not want, but have to get along with. My inner sky brightened up, the sun started shining, birds began to sing – I was on the way to something great.
I bought myself some cheap acrylic paint, and collected leaflets and stuff at the tourist information. I started ripping, cutting, glueing and smearing colors all over the place. I was totally excited.
Back home I started an art journal about me and my feelings. This was for me in my situation a great help. I reduced my self control a lot, I learned to let go (does not always work totally) and learned to accept what I was doing is ok. I reduced my judging on my paintings and when I don´t have the power to make a big or even a small canvas (to make it good in my opinion) I do art journaling or even better: tags. As it does not matter if it is good or not, because it is only for me! And I discovered a new energy – I wanted to paint and even meet new challenges. Joining the Daisy Yellow Group is the best thing that happened to me during the last few years. I do not think about my situation, there is little room for that now – I want to paint!!!!!
A great big thank you to Tammy for everything she does for us (I could imagine it is a lot of work) and to you all, for your interest, your kindness, your caring (sorry my vocabulary is not rich enough to express all my feelings), you are just great!! You mean so much to me!!
Now it is time for the first picture: the title of my journal. This is the first time I show it in the public…
It says: The exciting, peculiar, wonderful, thrilling journey to myself
Now this is all for today (enough talking anyway), but there will be more to come…
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