Although card making took over much of my studio time for the past couple months, I did make some time for art journaling along the way. This first spread, in my Dylusions art journal, came out of a conversation with my daughter and daughter-in-law about the possibility of my getting a part-time job. I used some drywall tape from the hardware store, lots of paint and stamps, and some of my favorite wooden alphabet stamps The woman figure is from a stamp set by Dyan Reaveley, and I colored her in with Tim Holtz Distress Markers.
After that job conversation I resolved to refocus my energy on my art, and this simple page came out of that. Nothing special going on here, just the desire to keep growing my art, keep practicing creativity, keep refreshing my love for making stuff.
This last page is a little dark in more ways than one, but I often use my art journaling to work out difficult emotions and insights about myself. This is a simple acknowledgement of the striving to be OK by being perfect that has marked my whole life. I’m working my way out of it, but it’s not a short journey. (That girl stamp is by Stampotique; I adore her.)