Collaging in My Art Journal

I usually don’t have a plan when I am working in my art journal — it is my safe space to create, express and experience life in the moment. Besides sharing how I create this page, I’m also sharing the emotions I was feeling during this journey.

Let me know if this is something that resonates with you. Do you find art journaling therapeutic? Do you feel you can’t just let go for fear of messing up?

The reason I started journaling in 2020 was because I felt the need to escape…to tune out everything else. I didn’t need to have self-composure, or a checklist, or an agenda or any aspirations. I could truly just breathe as I let my fingers slide across the page smearing paint all over…I could get messy without caring about unintentional splotches. I could fee free and complete and whole. I could be angry or happy or silly or whatever I felt in that moment. I could just be.

And this journal is turning into my haven — a place where I can do all my crazy experiments, where I can try things out that scare me (like collaging), where I can make mistakes (but there are no mistakes in art!), where I can express freely.

I hope when you watch this video, it will give you the courage to say yes to yourself…make time for you…give yourself permission to fail, to succeed, to be free!

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Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

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