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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

BloggerLife Confessions: I Started a Thing...

Confession: So I Started a Thing...

So I started learning how to handletter last year-ish and it’s been revealing to be sure! I learned that since I haven’t written more than a few notes here and there in the past 10 years that my hand shakes when I write for prolonged periods of time (10 minutes or more) and that my wrists get sore really quickly. I also realized I missed journaling and doodling. So I started looking around on Instagram and saw something called Art Journaling so I googled it.

Oh. My. Goodness this is my thing! It’s journaling, it’s drawing, it’s painting, it’s all that I used to love doing when I was a teenager! So off I went to buy a new journal, I found a gorgeous one at Barnes and Noble and thankfully it was one of the very few that had unlined pages.

 Then I had to pick a “theme” for my journal. I had contemplated starting a Depression journal to not only keep track of my ups and downs but to write and draw things that would help explain what it felt like for me. However, the journal I bought is just too beautiful and cheerful to put such difficult emotions in. I will be doing a Depression journal just not with this journal.

I ran through some of my lists too but all I got were ideas for future journals. So I turned to my Pinterest account and good old Youtube and found the answer: An Inspiration/Guide to Becoming the Me I Want to Be Journal!

Mouth full right? Well let me explain, I’ve always known who I wanted to be. Not in the career sense but as a person but I’ve fallen so far off the path that it’s a little difficult to see the damn path these days. So I’m going to use this journal to write quotes that will help me remember who I want to be and who I am now so that I never let anyone try and change me just so that I can fit their idea of “The Right Person.” This journal is meant to be a source of strength that is tailor fitted to ME and will keep me on MY path to be the person I wanted to be as a kid and as a teenager. I find quotes in the best of places too: Books! I’ve read some books by great romance authors that have some amazing quotes in them that really speak to me and I want to make sure I put those in there so I can look at them when I’m feeling unsure of myself or on those days where Negative Nelly shows up to try and tear me down.

I also find inspiration and strength from movies, tv shows, and music so those will be in there too. I don’t want all my quotes to be a silly cliché, or even predictable but yeah there are some obvious ones that will be there.

I did know right off that I wanted the first quote to be from Lord of the Rings.

Not all those who wander are lost…

It is part of a poem that Bilbo Baggins writes to help convince Frodo and his group to trust Aragorn who at the time was going by the name Strider. The poem is included in a letter that Gandalf writes to Frodo and leaves at The Prancing Pony for when Frodo and company arrive. While trying to convince Frodo that he is trustworthy, Aragorn recites the first two lines of the poem. In case you were curious, here’s the whole poem:

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

The last four lines appear in the film version of The Return of the King. Arwen is reciting them as her father Elrond is having the shards of Narsil reforged for Aragorn.

Aaand I just showed my nerd flag didn’t I? Lol. I loved the films so much they made me want to read the books. I got to the beginning of The Two Towers before we suddenly had to move and my books got boxed up. I’ve never read the rest of the story. *sad face*

Anyway I needed that line to be the first quote in my journal because I’ve always felt like a wanderer, someone who didn’t fit in because of the way I think, the way I chose to live my life. I felt like I was lost until I realized that just because I didn’t think like everyone around me didn’t mean I was lost or wrong. Just different. I’ve loved that quote for YEARS.

I’m not done with it but I’m liking the way it’s coming out.

It’s taking a while though because I’m still learning about hand lettering, accents, and working with tombow dual brush pens to create backgrounds and such for my quotes. I want to be able to add other little things to make the quotes really pop but one thing at a time. It can get overwhelming when you think about all that. Right now I’m just creating backgrounds or accents on the pages so that I can go back later and add quotes as I find them.

So that’s my most recent BIG project. Do any of you guys have an art journal? Planning on starting one? How about favorite quotes?

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