I think the last two years I’ve gone through more stress and anxiety than I can remember. My coping mechanism for most of it is to go in my art room. There are some days I just go in and sit there and maybe watch a movie. Others I open up my art journal and just play. Opening a journal to a blank page never helps so I always have one journal near my table where I add my left over paint.
The Crafters Workshop provided me with stencils and mediums to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.
Today’s journal page I started with this page. The stencil is the new TCW944 Monarch Journal. When I looked at it reminded me of my mood, a little dark around the edges.
Since I wasn’t in a great mood, I added some dark blue paint and used a paper towel to pull off the paint through the stencil. The top of the page was blank so I added a sky because now it looked like a hillside. I this point in the process I realized my mood was changing.
Using the same stencil, I decided the round spikey shapes looked like flowers to me. I just added some with paint and the others I added with TCW9004 Light and Fluffy Modeling Paste. As I’m adding the flowers my mood is starting to shift to a more peaceful place.
Next I added neon pink paint to the flowers and a quote to finish it. It’s not perfect and it doesn’t need to be. It’s the light rising out of darkness which I so needed at the moment.
I’m not going to lie and say playing in my art journal always works. It doesn’t. This time is helped me through a rough patch where I needed create something to keep my mind off it. What do you do when you’re stressed? Do you paint you feelings? Leave me a comment and let me know.
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The Crafters Workshop Design Team