Being an artist means forever healing your own wounds and at the same time endlessly exposing them. - Annette Messager
There are so many things in life that we all go through, and I am not any different than the next person that has haunting experiences from my past that sometimes creep up and take me by an emotional surprise. I come from a shattered past of murder, sexual abuse and even rape. The hashtag #metoo has a whole new meaning for me when I think of the things that God has allowed me to go through. Of course, most people who know me see only the happy, driven, ambitious, fun loving side of me. What they don't know is the journey I went through to get here and how art journaling played a huge role in healing my spirit. Here is my story....
Art Journaling for me is an outlet to express some of my deepest fears, challenges in life, emotions that overwhelm me and yes, the amazing things in life that make it worth living. We all have hurt and pain that sometimes seems too much to bear and for me, it helps to express that on paper. So I've decided to start a series of weekly posts that will help all of us get in touch with these emotions and heal and learn from our experiences. I'm not a therapist, but I can tell you with absolute certainty that having a creative outlet to express yourself is absolutely necessary to get through this journey we call life. It may be venting to a friend, journaling in a diary, dancing to your favorite song, painting, drawing or even writing a blog, but we all have ways of coping with the craziness in our lives. Mine is Art Journaling and I want to share it with you. I want to help you find your inner artist and show you the joy of creating something from your heart. So, here is how it will work....
So many people have asked me, "Ellen I want to start art journaling, but every time I go for supplies it's overwhelming." Art journaling has become so popular, even among non-artists because you don't have to be classically trained or have major talent to do it but it's such a great outlet to relieve stress and just simply get your thoughts out of your head. So this is a list of my favorite basic tools you need to get started with your own art journaling experience. It doesn't have to cost a fortune to be creative.
It's funny how certain things in life can inspire you to create. Recently I was doing a surprise remodel for my husband of our bedroom so that we could have a fun, beachy (yes, I love the beach in case you didn't know) bright open space to hang out. Then something amazing inspired me!
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