art journal

a journal addict confession

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well, well, well...... my name is grace and i confess, i am a journal addict.  i own a whole bunch { no, i mean really a lot }.   it all started when i was 12 and received my first journal.  mine was red and it had a lock.  yeh, i know...you had one too right, or something like it?  i think every one had one of these.

btw....i came across mine the other day.  oh boy the musings of a 12 year old!

My 12 yrs Old Diary - journal addict

i remember not wanting to write in it in the beginning.  mainly because i knew my little brother was waiting in the wings to grab it and start reading it out loud to the whole world.  i know this how?  cause i saw his non-poker face when i brought this bright red, life chronicle home.

so i waited him out, sorta, and then began writing my 12 yr old hormonal heartwords down in that book.  i must have abandoned it early on because entries abruptly stop at one point and i don't remember what i went to after that.

i might have gone to school notebooks cause i do have loads of those filled with my musings.  maybe i was trying to trick my nosey trickster brother so he wouldn't read it,  you know...hide in plain site kinda thing.  ha!

over the next years i wrote  in my journals on and off, thru most of my 20's.  the next set of journals i remember keeping, and that i still have, were those i wrote in when hubby and i moved to nc.

those were trying times because we had no family near us { his in england, mine in the bahamas } and 2 small children, aged 6 mths & 2½ yrs.  i remember writing thru tears sometimes, pouring out my sorrow at one thing or another.

i still love to journal my heartwords

i journal more regularly these days and, over the last few years have added other types of journaling to my repertoire..... art &  visual journaling, creating lists after lists of "grateful"s and recording quotes and inspiring words i come across { i still keep a journal just for capturing quotes and words that move or inspire me }. another way i journal is to sometimes collage those words and magazine images in my "Yes, This." composition book.

the journal writing i do these days is more about my life and feelings and ideas and lists and following prompts, so much less about my sorrows—which i still experience but, thankfully, on such a scaled down version.  this i think is due to the fact that i live my life so much more authentically and am more in tune with my inner be-ingness.

"Being able to let things go & not hang on to the angst is the one of biggest hurdles journaling will help you overcome." username="kgracehowes"]

what about you?  what do you journal about?  

how has it helped it you move through your day,  a week, your life?  leave a comment below and let's have a conversation.

toodles,

G

| Did You Know |

....that a shop journal update will be happening next week? Woohoo!!! ...more spaces to hold your heartwords.

....I'm starting something new { one of those "just because" things y'all }.   With every shop journal update I'll also be emailing out a 10% off coupon to use on any item in the shop.   If you're already a JOY Love Tribe member you'll get the discount automatically. If you're not a JLT member yet, sign up here and get in on all the goodies!

....there's something new in the works for the journals I'll be making going forward. More info about this coming up in the next "Updates & Happenings" newsletter.

working in the round art journal

what type of art journal do you like to use? for some reason recently i've been called to work in the round.  what is that you might ask?

for me it means working within the confined parameters of a circle, my favourite symbol and one that finds itself in showing up in my artwork time and time again.

Art Journaling in the Round

this week i began with this watercolours from my new grumbacher transparent pan set { santa must have thought i was real nice last christmas, huh }, a recommendation from this book.  the green around the edges you see is masking fluid i applied so that the watercolours stayed within the boundary of the circle.

WIP Watercolour Round Art Journal

still struggling with using watercolours in abstract { which is usually how i like to work in acrylics } i then went to my regulars and added torn paper and a birds-on-a-wire stamp.

I Will Shine My Light

i worked it a bit more, covered up my initial beginnings, got to this place  ...i will shine my light...  and stopped there.  not my fave piece by far and truth be told,at one point i even wanted to throw it away.  i didn't.  but i think i'll be reworking this so i can include it in my round art journal and, i definitely will work in the round again.

still......i got to work on some art today.  my aim is to do this much, much more often this year of 2016.

toodles y'all, G

p.s.  are you guys a part of JAM2016?  you should be.  tiare smith runs the embrace your art challenge and this year it's all about creating a "journal about me" { JAM for short } and i'm a guest artist this year.  how flipping cool right!  so look for more JAM/journaling-in-the-round journal pages from me this year and check out and sign up for the challenge. 

 

#creativeeveryday   #watercolour   #artjournal

the jig is up...time for some BADASS art!

what do the numbers 16, 14, 12 and 1 have in common?  it's all about the new class i'm teaching in!

all brought to you by our amazing mixed media artist and host, tiare smith.  this girl knows her art journaling stuff!  to learn more about each artist instructor tiare set up a blog hog and today is my turn at the helm!  i finally get to share a sneak peek of my lesson. whoop, whoop!

intrigued are you?  mmmmmmh......veddy veddy good. lol.

in this cool class, each instructor will WOW you with their creativity, ignite your passion for art and take you along on one BADASS journey through their world of art by teaching you one cool art journaling technique.

the bonus for you?  each of us gets to give away 1 { one } FREE spot in the class, so you now have 14 chances to winby visiting each of our blogs on our assigned day and following the instructions.

how can you win my FREE giveaway spot?  do at least one* { or preferably all  } of the following.....

  • leave a comment below telling me about 1 mixed media technique you'd still love to learn about or what your favourite mixed media technique is
  •  click the LIKEbutton on my facebook page{ you can share your technique there }
  • share this link  ~ http://bit.ly/BAJclassGraceH ~  on your fave social media { twitter/ instagram/pinterest/etc }

*each task is equal to 1 entry, max 3 per person.  winner will be chosen by random draw and announced Jan 5th, one week from today on my facebook page.

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so c'mon......unleash you inner BADASS!  join us for this class { starts February 1st }.[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][/fusion_text]

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what if you already know you're ready to sign up? click here!

one badass art journal :: one cool blog hop

today starts the "one BADASS art journal" bog hop!  Woohoo!  tiare smith has gathered some cool art journalers for this new class.  each day for the next 2 weeks you'll meet one of the 14 instructors for this BADASS Journal class { see list below }.  of course meeting them is only half the fun .....signing up for the class is what you really need to do. One Bad Ass Collage with Wordsand do you know the best part about the blog hop starting now?  for the next 2 days* you get to take advantage of a sweet holiday discount.  use  the code IMBAD15  for 15% off the set price. click here to find out more and to sign up.

{ note: the link provided is an affiliate link. please be sure to sign up for the class by clicking thru my link to help me get credit for the class, thanks y'all! }

toodles, G

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Here's the lineup for the blog hop  { links are clickable }:

12/26 – Andrea Gomoll 

12/27 – Robin Mead

12/28 – PanArt – Cristin Stevenson

12/29 – Me .....{ Grace }

12/30 – Jeanette Montero

12/31 – Keri Sallee

1/1 – Soul Whispers Art

1/2 – Susanne Rose

1/3 – Amanda Trought 

1/4 – Ayala Art

1/5 – Kiala Givehand

1/6 – Nicci Battilana

1/7 – Tracy Scott

1/8 – Tiare Smith 

 

*( discount expires december 27th }