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You’re bound to get a few “ugly” pages in your art journal, but that’s okay. Because art journaling should be for you, it should be about the process to work through your emotions or letting the art flow through you. You’ll have good days and bad days, you’ll produce beautiful pages and ugly pages. Just enjoy the process.
But if there’s a page you really want to make better, don’t give up on it. Keep the parts you do like, and layer over the areas you don’t like.
Layering is AWESOME! There’s no other way to put it… it adds so much rich texture, colors, and depth. You could use gesso, paint, collage, or anything you can come up with to add more layers. Just keep layering over the areas you don’t like, keeping the areas that you do like, and eventually it should result into something you love.
But don’t be afraid to just let an ugly page go. There’s no possible way for all of your art journal pages to be absolutely beautiful. (Even if you think someone else’s pages are all gorgeous, I’m sure the artist has a few they just hate!) Just let your mood or intuition decide whether its something you want to keep working on, or if you should just let it go.
Then join me in “Safe Haven Art Journaling” to talk about setting boundaries and building sacred space in our journals – so that we can begin to see it as a safe haven to fully show up as our raw, messy, beautiful selves.
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