Things are changing, they always do. Enjoy the changes.
What exactly is a brain dump? Well, on the days I have artist block because there’s far too many things on my mind it helps to write it all down somewhere. Sometimes I write it down inside my art journal and then I can create on other pages. And we’ll, if I don’t like it there I can always cover my words with a collage later. That’s the beautiful thing about collage and art. The things you can do are without limit.
Being an artist is great. It’s the one area in life where I don’t have to follow the rules and I can jot down, write down, or doodle anything I want in my journals. What do you do when you have artist block?
Writing from church in my moleskine. I actually write this last year but I’m just now posting it. I took notes from my most favorite all time pastor, Pastor Al and church at Living Word Outreach Ministries.
She remembered she wore a crown. Collage art in my moleskine art plus.
Silence is the best way to reply to a fool. -imam Ali A fools lips walk into a fight and his mouth invites a beating. Proverbs 26:19
Asian fest 2017
We attended Asian fest last year with my daughter and loved learning about new foods and about other peoples. There were so many different foods to try. I could only try the foods that weren’t spicy since radiation has left my mouth sensitive but the foods I tried I loved. I personally loved the bean filled desserts. I love learning about other people. My marriage is mixed and I love all of our differences. I wish other people could also find the joys in others as well. How boring the world would be if we were all the same and we didn’t have new opinions or foods to try. What is your favorite food? Your favorite place? Or culture? I think I love tropical places the most!
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. FDR
While studying the history of the Great Depression and dealing with anxiety resulting from chronic pain I made these journal pages a couple years ago. This was one of my favorite and mostly because the older I get the more I love history. I think history is a very important part of our lives. It’s important we don’t allow the most tragic of histories events repeat themselves. The best way of preventing those events are through studying and wisdom of those events. What is your favorite thing to study or learn about? I also love learning about other cultures, races, and peoples. The world is such an interesting place and so are it’s people.
Warning: work in progress
My best art and my best writing come from the moments my heart has been most broken. As I learn more about this and myself the more I let go and find freedom in my art. Where do you find freedom from day to day monotonous things? Do you find it in art, photography, making something, nature…?? What is your release?
That moment when your scars are exposed and its ok.
This is my story and I hope you find encouragement to be you. Be you and don’t worry what others think. My neck is cut across the front from one side to the the other with burn scars. This is from cancer, radiation, and the removal of my tongue from cancer. I got my hair cut and the scars were exposed more than when my hair was long. For the people who notice my scars or my speech who are rude, I understand the problem is not mine but it is their ignorance and I know I’m blessed to be alive. So Its okay. Without a tongue I sound like I’m deaf when I speak and Its okay!
I like old cameras and the way this vintage Kodak adds to the picture of my art journal.
I will respect your opinion as long as your opinion doesn’t disrespect anyone else’s existence.
Respect others and learn from them. God made us each unique and it would be boring if we were all the same. We are called to love one another.
If you give a mouse a cookie. If you give a pig a pancake.
Anyone else remember reading these books to their children? These books remind me of narcissistic people. If you have one in your life then you know what I’m talking about.
Writing about personal things. Funny story. We have a cat named Cheeto and he tries to hide in tissue boxes and gets his head stuck. He moves really slow like a sloth and when we hold him he’s really stiff like a board. The best story however, is the story about my superhero. I dream about him most night. I have nightmares a lot because of trauma and ptsd from cancer and childhood traumas. He rescues me in these nightmares. The best part is the way he loves me in real life. He’s my best friend and I’m so thankful for him.
Don’t judge. We’re all different. Do you know how boring it would be if we were all the same? There’s so much to learn from others. Instead of judging try to understand or learn something new.
Here is a flip through for your inspiration.
Sharing ideas and inspiration for other artists who enjoy doodling, writing, and creating in journals. These are some of my favorite. a couple of these are the same. I didn’t realize I included identical spreads when I made the photos I’m sharing them anyway because there’s a lot of fun ideas worth sharing with other artists.
Life documented. Summer 2016
A comment from Joyce Meyer ministries made my whole day. (JournalingArt on Instagram)
Write it out. It helps clear my head to write things down. These spreads are my favorite journal spreads, filled with antique details. Some of my favorite spreads are made from old magazines and post cards. What’s your favorite things to add to your art journals?
If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideals of humanity would be.
We can’t fully devote our hearts to God and keep our mind and body for our own purposes and desires. Sometimes I enjoy using my art journal as a journal to document my faith and stages or seasons in my walk.
This one right here is by far my biggest supporter of all things including my art, my health, and everything I do. He’s my soul mate and my best friend. I love to write and create spreads in my art journals about my husband. Hes the one I will grow old with. I love the way he loves me. I love that he makes me laugh. He spends time noticing the things that make me me and he makes me feel special. Every woman should be her husbands princess and he should be her superhero. He definitely is my superhero. Before we got together I wondered if people made love sound like it was more than it was. I wondered if having a soul mate was a real thing or if I could love or be loved.Yes, having a soul mate is a real thing and actually loving and being loved by your spouse does exist. For those who are single I t’s worth the wait. Wait on god and don’t rush getting into a relationship you may regret. Love isn’t always perfect but if you learn to love as an action, not just a feeling, putting Christ and your spouse before your own feelings (and this goes both ways) true love does exist.
“If there going to talk give them something to talk about.”
I personally don’t understand how people have the time or energy to care enough to gossip and lie about other people. Id rather spend the time I have on this planet laughing with people I love than to waste my time or energy thinking about someone I don’t want to waste my time thinking about. I do understand one thing and that is that those people are extremely insecure and quite possibly feel extremely bad for something they’ve done or who they are inside. These people somehow rationalize making these poor decisions and compromise their own integrity. If you take anything in this post personal this might be about you. If you don’t like what your reading stop reading it. “Keep your eyes on your own bobber.”
I love history and science. I included some of my notes and doodles in this art spread. Did you know alpacas hummm when they are nervous happy or have any feeling. Did you know the krubi plant has a flower that blooms over six feet tall? I love interesting and unusual facts about science and history.
Some of these spreads are from my first art journal several years ago and a few are from my most recent journal. I wanted to create a post to inspire some of you looking to create something in your art journals when you have lost all sense of creativity, called an art block. If your an artist or a writer you understand this. I recently had one that lasted a couple weeks. It was very stressful. I had to take a break from my journals because I couldn’t move forward. please let me know if you have found inspiration in my post. If you’ve recently had artist or writers block how did you overcome or find inspiration?
I found some older art journaling photos and wanted to share some of the pictures from my old moleskine. This was by far my favorite moleskine. It has the most colorful pictures of all my art journals. Do you ever go through different phases and look back through your journaling and remember what you were doing when you were making that journal? I had increased pain but I loved doodling and filling the pages with words and stories.
My favorite story I love sharing is my love story. My husband and I have been married six years this year but we’ve known each other since we were in kindergarten. He’s my superhero and my heart. “I want to get lost in this place” was making reference to my art journal. I was so in love with doodling on the nice thick moleskine pages. It brought me comfort during days when chronic pain was more than others. With increased pain I found comfort in this journal. Do you have a favorite journal or favorite spread? Can you remember what made it special? Please share.
Anyone else remember Swans ice cream, push pops, or this silly little type writer. It’s the simple things that bring back some of the greatest memories. Anyone have pictures or childhood memories with orange push pop ice cream dripping down your face? I don’t even know why but this silly typewriter was something I loved even before i went to kindergarten. The clipping of the old ford is from a 1960s boys life magazine. How fun is that! I love a super great vintage find to add to my art journals. Sorry collectors 😬. I can’t help myself! I love collage art and the older the magazines the better!
It’s fun to reflect on older journal spreads and compare them with my newer spreads. It’s also nice to look back and read through older spreads and reflect on that day or time. It’s nice to have older journals to reflect on good memories of family, travel, and personal growth. It’s also nice to review older spreads and remember how I felt on those days. It’s obvious the brighter spreads were made with more optimism and joy.
Do you use every space inside your journals? I like to cover the inside cover with art and I use the last page to write prompts, writing ideas, vocabulary words, websites and blogs to follow and other various ideas for my journal. What makes your journaling unique?