art journaling

Made It: "Respond"

This weekend I'm participating in an online art journaling retreat my friend (and story coach) Elora is leading. The first session on Thursday was an introductory one, where she shared what got her started in art journaling and a few of her journals. It was awesome. I thoroughly enjoy listening to other creatives discuss what they do, their Why, and their process, as well as see the more intimate work not on display for the public. 

While I listened, I got to work on a spread of my own, playing again with layering, blending & ink while adding some collage elements from my bag of paper clippings.

For these two pages I used gesso to give them a bit more tooth and for ink I used a larger Prigma pen-size 1. I love the thicker, darker line it gives. Will be playing around some more with this lovely bad boy for sure. 

"Respond" 

 

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June 29, 2002: A Beginning

June 29, 2002: A Beginning

To this day there is only one other person who knows the exact whys and hows of that season and what had been happening over the two year time period that finally forced me to leave. That person was my closest confidant and more importantly, believed me when I told her what was happening. She was the only one who ever has. I didn't always do right by her as a friend, I couldn't I was too much of a mess mentally and emotionally, but I'm grateful for what she gave me: a place to stay, friendship, an escape through writing and art journaling...an identity. It was she who first told me I that really, I was an artist and was born to create. A poet. A wordsmith who's words bore power. When I had told her that I was afraid to write because writing had always been dangerous for me, that my words unfiltered and raw on the page pushed others to silence my voice and invalidate my sense of being upon discovery, she gave me an alias: Nicole Paul. My middle name + my favorite apostle.

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