Saturday, February 9, 2008

Healing Art Journal

I won't bother you with the details of the past few months, but suffice it to say it's been challenging. A roller coaster ride of ups and downs that have left me feeling emotionally exhausted and physically drained.

The idea of an art journal has appealed to me for a long time, now. I've started a few. They are buried, somewhere in a box, with all my really important stuff, like my steel drum and my red wig. Recently, however, new inspiration has arrived in the form of a YouTube video series by Suzi Blu, or, as she is known to her fans and friends on YouTube...suziblutube. Suzi inspires artists and would-be artists to believe in themselves and just create...something we all struggle with, from time to time. She also shares lots of tips and how-to's, in her very colorful and free-flowing videos...and there's quite a few of them. I hope you will visit her channel and check them out!

Since watching, Suzi, and all the wonderful artists on YouTube, who are sharing their work and experience, I have begun a new "Healing Art Journal". If you click on that link, it will take you to a page with more information and pictures. It is really doing it's job and I'm feeling better than I have in a long time.

I would also like to acknowledge Emily Townsend from "Creative*Art*Journal", one of my favorite blogs and a wonderful source for art journaling tips. Visiting her blog has been very informative.

I would really love for any "links-followers" to check out the new Website design at I've been changing it, quite a bit, so comments or suggestions may be helpful.




Lance said...

As so ROCK! Even the pictures of your journal are evidence. To let the folks in on the secret:
Bettina had to scan the two pages of her journal separately, then she "sewed" them back together on the 'puter...It looks like a normal scan of a book!

Bettina Makley, aka Fairywebmother. said...

Thanks, for bragging for me, Sweetie (not that you're prejudiced or anything)! It does take a few digital parlor tricks to create some of these images, since my camera is on the blink. :)

BLUEYEDUCKstudios said...

thanks Bettina - HUGE HUGS

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May Terry said...

I'm glad to hear you're coming out the other end of your difficult times, Bettina, and that you've found support and inspiration from these new sites and blogs. I'll be sure to check them out!

Gotta try the art journaling thing :-)


Bettina Makley, aka Fairywebmother. said...

Hugs, back, Katey D!


Oh I'm sure the roller coaster ride will begin again, but it's always nice to discover new tools for embracing it. :)

Fly'sOintment said...

I love those new pages you did!.. You always paint places my soul feels like it would like to move to;) ... Hope you continue to feel better and better both emotionally and creatively!

Fly'sOintment said...

Checked out what you've done with by the way.. It looks great!!!

Bettina Makley, aka Fairywebmother. said...

Thanks, Sarah! That journal you gave me has sure evolved...and so have I! The texture is perfect for acrylics. Art is starting to flow, again. *whew*


mousewords said...

What a beautiful idea and finished work! I'm so sorry you've been having hard times--many, many hugs to you, my friend.

Your site is FABULOUS. Beautiful and so easy to navigate! *Applause*

ArtyEm said...

thank you so much for linking and the nice compliment - I love the images your are sharing - art is so healing!
and sharing the healing only amplifies it.
bright blessings!

Trish Goodfield said...

Site looks great, I particularly love the background.

Moonwillow said...

Bettina I love your blog and your art annnnnnnnndddddd your music! Thank you for sharing. Love, Peace and Joy.

SongNote said...

Wow. Wow. What an incredible journal, and what an amazing capacity you have to express your healing process in this way. Thank you for your transparancy and for sharing this.