I found this very pretty journal at my local Tuesday Morning store for $2.99.
I know, it seems silly to alter a book for a journal that’s actually already a journal, but I want to add color and pictures to it, since I’m really enjoying the art journaling. It has nice thick pages and is sewn together, not just glued.
It’s going to double as a gratitude journal. I recently got the tickle for the idea from LadyRomp, who heard it first from Oprah (and, as an aside, remind me to post about Oprah and some of the great things I’ve come across because of her).
And because of that, I mentioned my interest in making a gratitude ART journal it to Dana from St. John Studios. Well, she decided to make a post about gratitude journals. Well, in response to her art journaling prompt, I made my first gratitude art journal page.
After I made the previous post about my parents, I realized, as I was bawling my eyes out while writing the whole post, something I was really grateful for was my parents, as dysfunctional as they were. It’s not really their fault, they didn’t have Oprah or the internet back then. Maybe if my mother had the Oprah or internet, she would have found better women to emulate.
I first prepped the pages with a layer of gesso, then with a few dots of two different colored Liquitex Basics acrylic paints, I smeared the colors across the page. I printed out my parents photograph and used a sharpie for the text on the right. Next time, I’ll use my fountain pen and ink that I forgot about.
I am grateful to my parents even though they weren’t very nice to each other most of my life. My mother was really mean to my sisters and I, but I see the blessings in who I am because of who they were and what we’ve all have struggled with.
I am stronger, more insightful, more empathetic, because of what they had been through which cast a long shadow on my whole life.