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Brain dump

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Brain dump

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?

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Asian Festival 2017

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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

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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.

Be yourself and don’t worry what others think.

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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!

If you give a mouse a cookie

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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.

Stories

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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.

When your gone…

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When your gone…

Nothings the same.

Notice the gorilla juggling apples and a human and the person below just watching. The woman looking exhausted or depressed(not sure which) sitting. The elephant and the gorilla remind me of a circus and the chaotic things that happen when our children visit. After they are gone I’m not sure rather to be sad they are gone or relieved I survived the visit. I love all our children very much and I’m thankful for the time we have spent with them.

Art journal Flip Through

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Here is a flip through for your inspiration.

A collection of journal spreads

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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.

If Frida had Facebook

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Facebook addict.

Art journal spreads for Writers Artist Block

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Art journal spreads for Writers Artist Block

Inspiration

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?

Writing is therapy

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On days with pain I love to spend time in our local coffee shop and add collage art and write in my art journal. The best therapy happens with my beats, Mozart, and a tasty frappe. Sometimes my best thoughts and quotes come from these times of writing and creating. What’s your favorite thing to do that helps release stress or pain?

Dream big Art Journaling

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Dream big work with diligence and make dreams happen. A good life quote to meditate on for the next month. Add positive quotes and fun doodles with some collage art inside an art journal and have a photo memory book to look back on when you grow old. It will be fun one day to look through all my old art journals. What do you do with your old art journals?

Happiness is being with you.

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When you have your soul mate you don’t need anything else.

Wisdom

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Wisdom

Wisdom

The owl represents wisdom and the butterfly represents change and growth. Personal growth is important. Also important, taking authority over your thoughts, your words, and your life. Stay in His word and listen to positive words for a positive life. I always enjoy Joyce Meyer and her teaching.

Relax and Zen Gem

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Relax and Zen Gem

Zentangle + Gems = Zengems

 

Doodling and destressing with Zengems. This one took longer than any of my other sketchbook spreads. It was by far the most relaxing and worth the time. I am excited to share the results of this finished work.

 

Remember

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Remember

Remember to be true to yourself.

 

Remember to be true to yourself. Remember to keep realistic expectations of yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others expectations of you but to who you can be and should be in Christ.

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When it feels hope is lost remember to pray and listen for the Holy Spirit’s guidance. When things seem unattainable remember all things are possible through Christ Jesus and you have not because you ask not.

True Love

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True Love

TRUE LOVE IN MY

MOLESKINE JOURNAL

One of my favorite things to journal about is my love of my life. My second love (because if I didn’t love Jesus first I couldn’t love my husband with a love like Jesus). I love to use college, doodles, and other various artwork in my Moleskine journal. It allows my freedom to be as creative and free in my art as I like. I enjoy adding my own words, funny things we say to each other in our every day lives, and even prayers and bible verses. My Molskine is whatever I want it to be and I can be as free and creative as I want to be. It is my art journal and it is random in thought, design, and has a great purpose.its greatest purpose is therapy for promoting positivity for myself and others who may find a good word or inspire positivity through my art.

In Need of a Vacation; Molskine Art

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In Need of a Vacation; Molskine Art

Art Journaling

I love to mix my art journal with fun inspiring quotes, bible verses, and sometimes I add personal prayers to my art journal. Most of all I love adding color with various materials and some collage from old magazines. IMG_20160419_151418Most of the time I insert the date and add either something personal about my day or something I would like to use to encourage or inspire others like an inspirational quote. This particular page was made on a cool day in the early spring when I was in need of a warm vacation. It was officially declared spring and it snowed the same week here. Journaling with art helps promote good health and happiness, especially when winter seems to take longer than it should. What’s in your Molskine?? For more of my art journaling check out my Instagram page, journalingart.