As I began my latest art journal, I threw all rules and preconceived ideas out. I'm not using paintbrushes if I don't want to. I'm squeezing the paint straight onto the page. I'm reaching into my purse to find the bits and pieces of my days to add to my journals. Most importantly, I'm letting the words in my heart come out.
This page took no more than five minutes. I had the phrase "Surprise People Daily" in my mind. While I was working on getting that phrase onto the paper, my mind jumped to Christine Mason Miller, and remembered I had this little coin envelope from her. A regular old stapler secured it to the page and I was done.
This page took just a bit longer to complete. Again, no groundbreaking painting techniques; I just used my trusty old fingertips to spread the paint around. Once again, I had words running through my mind as I worked. First, "Believe it's Real." Later that day, another set of words spoke to me. "Everything you've ever wanted for yourself you've got to believe you can have it or be it ... For what are we without our dreams?"
Neither of these pages took very long, but they were so satisfying to do. One thing I've learned is that I have to keep my soul nourished through bits of creative expression. My life gets sorted out on my journal pages. I think most art journalers would say the same.