I’ve always kept a journal mainly because I’m a very introverted person and there are a lot of things I want to say to that I keep to myself. When I turned 30 I did a self-portrait in words and wrote in my journal every day. I actually started the journal 25 days early since my beloved maternal grandmother died then. And she’d helped shape the woman I was I had to mark her passing.
But recently I’ve been branching out and trying to do some journals that combine not only words but also art. There’s no pressure for me to be good at art. I didn’t go to art school, no one has ever asked me to paint anything for them. In fact, the closest I’ve ever come to a “good grade” in art was getting a laugh out of my humanities teacher when I turned in Impression Blue (my homage to the impressionists) that my father had dubbed Impression F.
I love these journal pages. I had no idea that You Tube had tutorials on how to do things on it. I thought it was reserved for things like Charlie the Unicorn and that duck that wanted to buy grapes at the lemonade stand. I have discovered these great videos on how to create journal pages (mainly thanks to Nancy’s Pinterest page) and have been indulging myself in my new journals.
This page to the right is my frustration with winter. I haven’t been this cold for this long ever before. I’m afraid growing up in Florida means I want to wear flip flops and skirts come April and I won’t wear them with socks. :) I had so much fun with this and really felt much happier about the cloudy cold UK day after I was finished.
I did this page on Friday after I had a really great break through in my work-in-progress. I had known that Jessi (my heroine) was a hiding something behind her tough-girl exterior but hadn’t realized what until I got to a turning point in the story. It seemed like the perfect subject for my journal and I let that lead me.
I’ve made other pages and I can see myself making many more.
Have you ever found new joy in something you’ve been doing for years? Let me know and I’ll register you to win an autographed copy of the UK version of Sizzle.