Happy Tuesday to everyone! This week I decided to do a little art journal experiment in background colors. I painted one page white and the next page grey, then proceeded to create the same shapes and designs on both sides, to see how that underpainting color affects the whole look and feel. It’s a really interesting experiment…and helps you realize why we might want to work in many layers. You should try this experiment out if you haven’t yet! Here are my progress photos for this spread, just random whimsies…

It looks like the right side is literally in the shade, right? But that makes the bottom text page really pop too…interesting! Incredibly, things in life seem to happen serendipitously at the appropriate times I think. This whole duality and split spread experiment spurred on another spread because I got some bad news. Even though I do realize my little disappointments in life are nothing compared to many people’s troubles…perhaps those who lost their families in the recent earthquake in China…and I know, I know…I should be and really am grateful for all that I do have…but the reasons and understanding doesn’t stop one from feeling bad at the end of the day. You can’t plug up your emotions – at least I certainly can’t. The fact that other people might have bigger problems or tragic stories doesn’t mean I have to discount my own life experiences as less important. No way! So, I was super excited to join in on a design team competition of sorts, but was eliminated after the first round – cutting short my hopes and dreams for that particular opportunity.

I find it most helpful to pour out all my feelings into an art journal page…just write it out. That way it’s not stuck inside of me, just broiling around and probably brewing into negative energy. In the end, I’m not really that sad about not getting into the design team at all. It really is the shameful feelings of being eliminated so early on in the game, that I’m literally at the bottom of the pail.  That sense of rejection really hurts. I think we all have felt that way at some point in life…maybe multiple points in life. Not making it onto the varsity team or losing a competition way back when…

After getting out all the negative thoughts in my mind, I wrote in the second page with positive thoughts and the better perspective on the whole subject. We all know these things deep down inside, but it helps to write it out. That’s what motivational quotes and statements are all about…and I think we all need a bit of cheerleading. I wrote “I am worthy NOW,” because of Brené Brown’s work…check out her post about worthiness. There’s probably a lot more to be said, but I was satisfied. I got it all out and seeing it on the pages sort of makes it all less worthwhile to spend any more time on. So I moved on to another art journal page of playfullness…

It was interesting to explore the two sides of things, duality, light and dark. I think it’s a great concept to play with in your art journal, especially when you have a spread with two pages to work with – two sides to every story. Maybe that’s what keeps me all balanced when art journaling, expressing the two sides of the story, so I can step back and really reflect. I get to pour my heart out and then pep talk myself back up and ultimately file it away. Done! Now I feel better already. I went outside to get some fresh air and luckily caught one of our little turtles eating *nom*nom* How cute, eh?! Yeah, I’m easily distracted… 🙂 All is good.

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