Even the best of intentions often times get tossed out the window when REAL LIFE happens. I finished my “fun” art journal in early spring (they are all “fun” but that one was just for fun with no particular theme or message), and started my new one right away. I finished the covers and decided on a color scheme and theme / message and then OOPS! Everything had to be picked up and stashed in a storage box because we finally had the time to paint the sewing room / art studio. All of which I am so grateful to have almost finished, BUT while we were in the midst of all that mess, the art journal was hiding in a cupboard, away from the paint and sawdust.
So this week, after getting everything out in the sewing room cleaned up again, I now have a place to organize and store all of my sewing and art supplies, and I even have room to work on different projects without having to pick everything up when I’m right in the middle of something. We still need to figure out what to do with that yucky old concrete floor, and we want to paint the ceiling and do a bit of trim work around the furnace and AC units, but HOORAY! I can work out there now.
One of the first projects I wanted to do now that I have room to work was to finish painting the rug that I started a week or so ago. It took several coats of paint to cover completely (of course I would start with a rug that had a dark design on it . . . but it is small and old and really UGLY so I decided to experiment on that one before I move on to the bigger rugs – if this one turns out OK!). While I was waiting for the last coat of paint to dry on the rug, before I paint some kind of a wild and crazy design on it, I decided to get back to my art journal project that has been on hold now for a couple of months.
One of the things that God has put on my heart the past several years is the importance of story telling. We all have stories, and we all need to share our stories with others, but sometimes that is quite intimidating. Instead of sharing our stories, we often hide the true message of our lives and unfortunately, lots of important stories are lost forever if we don’t tell them – somewhere, somehow, to someone. For me, the safest place to start telling my story is in the silence. Because I don’t want to hear anyone’s opinion of my story, or have someone tell me that my story is “wrong,” or that it’s not an important story . . . . so I have written bits and pieces of my story in poem and short essays that are completely and totally private. Maybe someday –
For now, I’ve decided to create an art journal in which I can have fun decorating and creating artistic designs on each of the pages, but THIS art journal will be a silent place of safe-keeping for my stories. So this art journal has lots of pockets and envelopes (which are always fun no matter what you put in them!) where I can write out some of the stories and poems in my heart and hide them in the little pockets of my journal. Then, maybe someday, if anyone is interested in my story, they will be able to discover my words. I’m telling my story, sometimes in the silence, and I am really having fun with this little project.
After I designed the covers (I just used plain old cardboard from the backs of scrap book paper packs), I decided to use scrap book card stock for each of the pages so that some of the pages already have images on them. The backs of each of those pages are plain white so I can add all kinds of fun stuff to them, and I included several altered envelopes and pockets in between the pages. One way to create an art journal is to use a blank book that is already bound, but for some reason I really like to start from “nothing” and make my own books. So in case you would like to make your own art journal with just a bit of scrap cardboard, paper, envelopes, paint, glue, ribbons, and buttons, here’s just one approach to telling your story – sometimes in the silence – in the event that you are like me and you’re not quite ready to tell the whole world what is in your heart. This is a great way to express your heart in a creative and fun project.
If you would like to follow along on my creative journey of storytelling through art journaling, I am documenting the process through a step-by-step tutorial so you can give it a try, too. My ongoing journey of discovery can be found HERE. Would love to have you join me. In the meantime, please join us for this week’s Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party. Hope to catch up with you and see what you are up to this summer!
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