Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Express Yourself

This is the first page in one of my art journals.  It is so simple of a message, "Express Yourself" but so difficult to practice in real life.

We play many roles: mother, daughter, sister, wife, friend, employee.  Many of these roles require us to limit our expression.  We fear being our true selves for fear of rejection or judgement.

Art journaling allows that wild, crazy, zanny person to be who she really is.  There is no fear or judgement in an art journal, especially if you decide to keep it completely private.

I have taken on-line art classes from some artists that have freed themselves from their art journals and have become themselves to all around them.  That is brave in a world that expects you to be the perfect mother, daughter, sister, wife, friend, employee.

What happens if we let go an be ourselves?  What happens if we let go and be ourselves in our art journals?

I am still very conservative in my art journaling, but there are a few zanny brave pages.  I am not quite ready to release them to the world.  And that's ok.  That is what art journaling is for.

I hope that everyone reading this finds some quiet time to work in their journals.  I hope that you can find the wild, crazy, zanny person inside you to let go and release that passion into your art journal.

Express Yourself.  You might be pleasantly surprised.

Creatively yours,

Karen

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