And even if I know quite a lot of “Journaling” peeps, I asked on Twitter and Facebook for people who would be interested in joining me for this project. Finally, we are four: Paola, Sofiah, Camille and myself.
Camille does not want to blog about it for a time management reason, which I understand, so we’ll share her art journal picture and a paragraph she writes about her process.
Our objective is to create on our own, and then share what came from the common weekly theme. So you’ll be able to read our blogposts every Tuesday. We call our project in French “Par 4 Chemins” and I call it in English “By the 4 winds“.
Absolutely no competition other than the one with our self: every week, working around a precise theme in our personal journal. The challenge for most of us (and I speak of you, too) is usually to Find and Take the time needed to create, no excuse for procrastination accepted.
For this first week, the theme I randomly chose is… HEALING ! Theme that comes out right when it’s the best, in my opinion.
Here is what Sofiah created:
You can read what she has to share about her process on her blog (it’s in french but you can use Google Translate for example).
Because of the Healing theme, I wanted to create a Mandala. So I started from the center and went to the outside, in a colours shade. The journaling only came afterward. The Interior Flame is a subject close to my heart, I added it after too. I have no idea why the ground is up and the sky is down…it came intuitively. I like the idea it’s reversed, it made me think it’s an universal subject… being a part of the Whole, no matter the side; the side is not important in a circle ^^
Healing is an important subject for me, as I’m going toward a Personal Development path. It may explain the “YOURSELF”.
I really enjoyed creating this page with my beloved Neocolor II -that I know Nolwenn really love ^^-. It took me about 15 minutes to do, and doing a Mandala was soothing…
I see Healing as a journey… it can have many many faces: physical, spiritual, personal. We all have wounds we want to heal, wether it’s regarding health or emotions. But we ALL have this healing power waiting to be explored, right there within us. Trust me.
It is one of the few things I am absolutely sure to be true.
It’s a subject I work on everyday in my “life journal” since a crab invited itself in my body, about a year ago. I am over with my treatments now, but I wanted to come back to this very hard period of my life, the one regarding chemotherapy. When you lose your hair, when your body seems to be bruised. I created the background with watercolour inks and blew in a straw to depict the blood system.
I painted my body and my head totally naked. In my chest, something that looks like a doodle to symbolize my catheterer cable, the one the chemo went through. On my breast, I usually draw a crab but this time, to symbolize Healing, I put a bird.
Esthetically, I’m not really pleased with the result, but I achieved the goal of this project: letting go the emotions from inside to the paper. All the things I shut my mouth about for months, all I hide, I brought it to the light with this journal page.
My page is really simple. I always associate Healing with a Hand, always. I didn’t want the hand to be the center of attention in my page, just subtly there; that’s is why I traced it and then highlighted with ligh black PanPastel on my colourful background. The red colour looks like blood, it’s on purpose too.
I am still on my Healing journey, it helps me to discover who I am and what powers lie in me. Because I know I have something to deal regarding Healing and I also feel that I have professionally something to do with it… I just have to discover exactly what it is.
I plan to take some classes about the Therapeutic Touch Healing, for example, as soon as I have enough money for it. I have two books written by the well known Barbara Brennan (her books: Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field & Light Emerging: The Journey of Personal Healing); I wish she’d have a school on the North-West coast of the US or here in Vancouver.
HEALING IS THE JOURNEY…
We have a guest this week: BlueTansy. She was interested in having an precise objective in order to create something regularly.
So it’s really surprising to see that in reality, the flashes of lighting and the journalings on blue background are almost invisible, fading in the colour… However, in reality the landscape seems less “ridiculous” as it gives a perspective effect.
I started by drawing and cuting the ambulance, and then I took all my cut-outs in order to position them (to have an idea of the final aspect) and put them aside to paint the sun with acrylics and the sky with ink.
Then, I glued my 2 elements and created the lightings with acrylic, and also the writings on the sky with a felt. The right part with the silhouettes came last. Until the last moment, I didn’t know what to put at this place; it’s also acrylic paint.
I created it on A4 white Bristol paper.
“Aller vers la lumière” (meaning “Going to the light”) was my first feeling… Then the “Ne tirez pas sur l’ambulance” (“Don’t shoot the ambulance”)… And I think these silhouettes are the symbol of indifferent spectators meaning that we can only heal thanks to ourselves, but you have to be allowed to.
See you next week with another theme 😀