“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve this beauty.”

-Maya Angelou

img_0639We all go through changes.  In the current season of life, it feels like changes are being thrown at us faster than we could possibly imagine.  The truth is that change make us stronger and more beautiful on the inside and out.  We can’t sit back and appreciate an accomplishment if we don’t also acknowledge all the changes that had to happen to bring about that accomplishment.  Personally, I find this a wonderful thought to ponder when I find myself in the midst of change!

I describe my art journal entry this week as a “kitchen sink” entry.  I recently cleaned out my ephemera (paper pieces) drawer and re-discovered these paper butterflies that I have had for multiple years.  I love the butterflies, but I knew it was time for them to get cleaned out of my desk.  So, I opted to use them in my art journal entry.  That decision resulted in my using what seems like “all the things” in this particular entry.  It might be bulky, but in the end, it was fun to put this one together!

I will be completely honest….this Dina Wakley media journal is challenging me big time!  I am just not comfortable with all the different paper textures.  It is frustrating at times, but I know that if I push through, I will learn from my experience in this particular art journal.  And, for me, that is what art journaling is about…stretching myself and learning from that experience.  While I may not be totally pleased with these first few entries, I expect that as I continue in this journal, I will start to see my art evolve.  I am excited to see what there is to learn!

What is challenging your art these days?  Are you trying a new technique or new medium?  I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

Keep it creative,

-The Scrappy Wife

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