A Means of Getting by: Enter the Art Journal

Hi all,

Short time, no see. If you didn’t know, I live with some rather complicated autoimmune issues and in December my doctors had to take me off the only medication that was really working due to the side effects. In short, it was damaging my vision. Never fear, it’s probably temporary, and I can already tell a difference in my vision but removing the medication has placed my health in a downward trajectory. My disease course has taken the fast track since January, and we’re trying to figure out what to do next while navigating through the current pandemic. That said, my pain level has increased by the week and it’s reached the point where it’s complicating my life in ways I couldn’t have predicted. I’m in constant pain my normal means of management won’t touch, so I’m using newer methods, or maybe that’s older methods considering my college minor, one of them being a mixed media art journal to keep myself going. This journal is a simple work of joy, my way of coping, of letting loose, of destressing when so many things seem out of my control. I am sharing some of my work on my website but only for the fun of it. I’m not looking for critiques or opinions. In fact, such things won’t make past moderation. This journal is for me, and I share to spread love and show that beauty can come from pain.

I apparently need the reminder and maybe you do too. But if this work is not to your liking, there are plenty of other artists and works out there so let Google be your friend, okay?

Below are three of my latest works. Enjoy, and you can find more under the Art Journal tab at the top of the page.

4/28/20 Rooted in Text – paper layering, quotes, fine-line marker, permanent marker, pen, acrylics, watercolor pencils, distress crayons

4/26/2020 Vintage Spring – acrylics, stenciling, tea bags, watercolor pencils, distress markers, pen, scrapbook paper, copy paper


4/24/2020 Shelved – scrapbook paper, charcoal, distress crayon, pen, watercolor pencils, acrylics, fine line markers

Thanks for stopping by and, yes, I will be posting new writing very soon, I promise. Right now, however, I need the distraction that comes with this art journal so bear with me.

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