Be Brave

Lately, it seems that I’ve been so focused on my Etsy shop, happy mail and swapping pocket letters that I haven’t made time to art just for me, so I sat down with my art journal and allowed myself time to collage and push some paint around.

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I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t art journaled in a while or what, but I really struggled with this spread.

It took me several days of working in short bursts, doubting myself every step of the way, to finally get it to a place that I liked.

But before that happened it went through several awkward stages that only served to fuel my inner critic. I was tempted to scrap the whole thing more than a few times until I decided to trust in the process and Be Brave.

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Through the process of creating this spread, I was reminded of the importance of taking time to art just for me. My art journals are an extension of myself, a form of self-expression. They are a place for me to release ideas, thoughts, experiences and emotions with the intention of gaining self awareness and a better understanding of the world around me.

It’s not always easy, sometimes you just have to Be Brave and allow yourself to go wherever the paint takes you.

Thank you for sharing this experience with me.



Supplies used in the Spread: Dina Wakley Collaged Hearts stamps and Spinners stencil. Prima Circular Lattice stencil, Daler-Rowney Acrylic Inks.

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