Technique 1: Under- journaling

    Under journaling is the first technique I ever used to engage my recovery. It is the process of journaling under art in a way that creates a meaningful, purposeful, piece of art that fully embraces the heart of the artist. It is a process that I have repeated hundreds of times and I find that it helps me to move through and past things that would otherwise stump me or hold me in anger, hurt or resentment. It helps me process loss, forgiveness,guilt, sadness, joy, love, anger, and any other thing I need to process.

     For this project, you will need a piece of water color paper or mixed media paper, in a size that will fit in your journal, your favorite writing instrument, white acrylic paint or gesso, a pencil,  mod podge or your favorite glue, your favorite art supplies and old book pages and/or decorative napkins or any paper you like. 

  1. Fold your paper in half . We fold this in half so that we can later bind it into a journal. If you will be attaching it to a page or slipping it into an envelope, it will be small enough that you don’t have to fold it. It’s your preference.
  2. Begin to write on the paper as if in a journal. If you have trouble getting started you can write on a certain topic, like denial or anger… or use a prompt like “today I am feeling….”, or “I want to throat punch….”. Don’t let a blank canvas or paper intimidate you. You make that paper your’ a…, friend. Write until you feel you have said what you need to say, as long as it takes.
  3. Read it, pray about it, and let it go.
  4. Using the Gesso or white paint, cover the surface over the paper or canvas. It may take more than one coat. You can let words show through by painting around them or not. It’s up to you.
  5. Next collage your background. Using book pages or papers you like tear or cut paper and attach it to your background with an adhesive like mod podge, matte or gel medium etc.
  6.  Next collage on your Napkin if you are using one. Allow to dry completely.
  7. Now your work surface is ready for your creative touch!

Just a little bit of color therapy

     Sometimes, I just pile my favorite art supplies in a big beautiful pile on my art table and work or play depending on how you see it.  I just need to cleanse my soul of all the weeks junk, you know stress.  Sometimes just putting my hands in the paint or the pastels or the ink is enough to to fill my heart with joy and it purges out all the emotional and mental noise and replaces it with something worth hearing.  The following was one of those sessions. 

     I had no idea what was going on the paper when I sat down, but it was houses that made the cut. I thought I would share that with  you.