(un)Covering the Truth with Art Journaling
Can I just tell you something? I love you guys. You know why?
Because you introduce me to these amazing ideas and resources, and I write about them, and then you email me to say how awesome *I* am! Seriously. Talk about a dream job.
Along that vein, our journaling friend Ann emailed me awhile ago, when I wrote one of the privacy posts. She explained how journaling her angst helped her take a load off, but she didn’t want to leave that ugliness out in the world.
The solution? She covers the pages with art. Beneath her images, paintings and photos is the healthy rant she needed to channel. The rest of the world sees only a creative art journaling page. Beautiful!
I loved this idea so much and it stuck with me. While I don’t personally worry about others reading my journals, I know lots of you do. It’s one of the questions I get most often from folks.
So when writing the recent Venting in Your Journal: an Ode to the Rant, I thought about Ann and her technique of ranting and then covering her pages with art. I even mentioned this technique in the comments.
Ann read the Rant post, too, and emailed me to share some of her recent art journal scans. She said I could share them with you, because she’s awesome like that. She collects images from The New Yorker and other magazines, and uses them in her art journaling.
I think this might be a perfect solution for people who need to vent in their journals but don’t feel comfortable leaving the words as is.
You can write your heart out, and then collect images, photos, break out the paints – whatever moves you – and create a work of art on top of the rant. The art could be inspired by the rant, or it could be totally unrelated – it’s up to you.
It also gives you a great excuse to get creative and try something new in your journals. If you need an excuse.
In my mind, it’s like freaking out and making a mess, and then making something beautiful with that mess. Like breaking plates to release the tension, and creating a mosaic table with the broken pieces. It’s just fabulous.
Thank you so much to Ann for her generosity in sharing this technique with us, and the pages themselves. What a gal.
Ann would also like you to know that the woman driving the car above is not her; Ann is quite the spring chicken. And I would like you to know that the car above is my next vehicle because I’m obsessed with sky blue vintage convertibles covered in chrome. And I will also wear white gloves while driving it.
I used to have a thing about not trusting blondes, but then I met one that didn’t bite. The redhead in question in Ann’s boss, who did a very bad thing. We don’t like him anymore.
So go on! Vent to your heart’s content and then get your creative on. Or over. You know what I mean.
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