Welcome to Week 3 of the Monthly Muse! In the month of March, we are exploring the topic ‘What is Art Journaling?’ Thus far, we explored style and techniques. For week three, I ask you to consider the Journaling side of Art Journaling. For many challenges, Journaling refers to words on a page and the challenge typically has a specific word count. I make the argument that in Art Journaling, journaling can be done with or without words. Art Journaling can be a visual diary of sorts that uses words, yes, in combination (or not) with images and color to convey feeling. Or maybe it’s just a smorgasbord of color and images that has specific meaning to you! I admire poets and their way of conveying feeling and depth with written words, rhyme, and meter. But that form of communication is not my strength. Sometimes, I am able to covey what I am feeling though visual arts – Art Journaling. More times than not, my layouts are Nature inspired – because the rhythm, patterns, and textures of nature bring me great joy. I LOVE exploring the outdoors and all the interesting lifeforms outside. For me, this art is healing. Other times, I have something going on inside I need to address. Being deeply introverted, I do not want nor enjoy talking to people. I do find it healing to address deep seated issues through ART. It’s like having a conversation with myself; asking myself to dig in deep and express what is really bugging me. This process is painful, and often involves tears. But it’s the first steps of bringing myself back to center – to self-healing and self-care. In my layouts Rejection and Not Enough, I am addressing current thought patterns that are the result of my pending retirement. I feel old and unwanted. I keep thinking back to a younger self (that’s her in the picture) that is full of dreams, self-confidence, and the discipline to make dreams into reality. She is gone these days, that self-confident one. What is left is a middle-aged lady feeling like crusty old leaves, rejected by the tree which gave her life. I am floating around on the wind, wondering, what’s next? For this week, I ask you to tap into pure, unadulterated emotion – it does not matter what style layout you create – just tap into emotion. And there is no requirement to tap into sad emotions or even something deep. I’d really like for you to explore how Art Journaling CAN express emotion. Examples include Enjoyment, Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and all the grey areas in between those. As a reminder, if you journal with written words, you can always cover up the journaling with paper or ephemera (burry the journaling), or blur or blend the journaling so that the words become illegible. This is useful if the journaling is deeply personal and you do not want to share with the world, wide, web (in other words, strangers). I tapped into my current emotional state. And that was difficult for me to do because I want to be strong and resilient. But right now, I am far from strong and resilient. I am week because I feel Rejected. I feel like I Am Not Enough. Recap – we are in Week 3 of March Monthly Muse Week 1: Exploring Art Journaling Styles Week 2: Exploring Art Journal Techniques Week 3: Exploring Art Journaling to Express Feelings, Self-Development, or Healing Week 4: What is Art Journaling to You? It does not matter what style of layout you create – simply explore color, images, and if you choose, words, to express feelings and emotions. Allow yourself to create a page that is healing or reflects self-development. Challenge Requirements: 1. For the Monthly Muse, you may create any style of layout (ie. clean and simple, artsy, pocket style etc.), with or without a photo. Create any size page you wish. The Art Muse is for everyone; have FUN! 2. You can use any products in The Lily Pad store or retired products from current Lily Pad designers, (just make sure you follow our gallery guidelines). 3. Please post your layout to the Art Journaling Gallery HERE by Midnight, 28 March 2022; and post your layout in this thread by copying the "Share BB Code" to the right of your gallery image. Each post, regardless of the week posted in the month of March earns you one chance to win a $5 coupon to the TLP store. Thus, 1 Muse = 1 chance to win 2 Muses = 2 chances to win 3 Muses = 3 chances to win 4 Muses = 4 chances to win Let emotions and feelings guide your creation – this is a journaling aspect of Art Journaling!