I have to laugh about my happy art journal layouts. Bright colors, pretty girly layouts.
I really started out art journaling with the intention of self-discovery and managing turbulent moods. I actually was more depressed when I started about six months ago.
My very first art journal layout was inspired by Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf.
One of my early art journal posts was about expressing anger and rage through art.
But, I can’t believe how much happier I feel these days. I worry about the depression I’ve had returning (especially since husband and I are both unemployed and going to lose our family health insurance at the end of the month), but I also have a bit more hope that I can handle it a little better too.
I think art truly can be transformative and healing.
Check out the Healing Through the Arts website for some hope and great inspiration.