Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Escape the Cages
It's Wednesday and time for a new challenge over at Three Muses. The word of the week is surreal and that pretty much describes every page in this journal, including this new page. I have just about ten journals in varying stages of completion and just in the last few days, I have revisited this one, thumbing through its pages and catching up with an old friend. Some have asked why I have so many journals going at once and the answer is twofold: If one page needs to dry, I can work on something else and two, I love to compartmentalize. Daily diary stuff in one, red & black art in another, collage style in yet another. In an altered atlas, I've created a storybook journal where I use make-believe characters and their tales to tell things about my own thoughts, dreams, and experiences. One journal is entirely for illustrated quotes and there's one devoted to all my health issues. The journal page I've shown here is also full of characters that I use to represent various parts of my conscious and sub-conscious self. I do a lot of self-affirmations in my journals, reminding myself to dream, believe, hope, strive, and fly free. We all have those nasty little inner critics living in our brains, whispering mean commentary on our lives. My journals give the nurturing, positive side of me a voice and they give my creative side a soft place to land. I've been journaling fairly regularly for about six years and I can't imagine my life without them.