The new FREE Willowing art, heart and healing course has started (you can still join up, just click on the button on my side bar), and the first lesson is about creating a journal page in which we deal with our inner critic(s) - we've all got one or two, right?!
I decided to use a journal that DS Luke had found for me a few weeks ago, although I don't think the paper (handmade with pretty flower petals in it) is really designed for painting. But I think if I prime the pages with gesso I'll get away with it. The lovely fabric cover is perfect.
So the first part of this healing exercise is to write down on a journal blank page all of my inner critic's negative thoughts. I focused on them and tried to work out why they are there. (Sorry, I haven't shared my negative thoughts with you because they really are too private.) Having connected with the reasons for their 'birth', I covered them up with gesso as a symbolic 'letting go.' The petals still show through but I rather like that.
The next stage is to draw a self portrait, or a stylized version of me anyway. I struggle with drawing faces, but I followed Tam's basic rules and although this gal doesn't actually look anything like me (I wish!) I'm pleased that, for once, I don't look TOO much like an alien.
I've got to get some water soluble crayons tomorrow so I'll be able to get on with the colouring in bit, and then on to the next part of the process.