Sincere thanks to everyone who bought or expressed an interest in my first print, "Becoming." It means a lot to me.
One of the hardest things about being an artist is putting yourself out there. I speak my truth in real life and in my pages. I always try to be open and honest on my pages to encourage others to open up themselves. I am a firm believer in my mantra, "If I can do it, so can you." Sometimes what I say gets me into trouble but if I don't speak my truth, who else will?
We share so much and yet so many are hesitant about opening themselves up onto their pages. Trust me when I say, it will be okay. Unless you are in a situation where you could be hurt or abused because of what you share on your pages then you need to protect yourself (write, get it out and collage or paint over it. There are ways of hiding your journaling.) If you're not in that situation, then get it out and onto the pages. Your pages are and always should be made for you. Not for anyone else but YOU. We all have good and bad moments and we need to realize that about each other.
Life is a roller coaster ride. We're not alone in our thoughts, feelings and experiences. It's okay to document and process the stuff that's swirling around in our heads on our pages. That's what a journal should be: a place to experiment, explore and process. A place to be your true self.