Art Journal: Fear LESS

Just yesterday I stumbled upon a Web site for an idea that I find really fascinating. Its called “Dear World” and there is a short video explaining what they do here. I won’t go into too many details, you can check it out if you would like, but the gist of it is that they have people write short (a few words) messages to friends, family, the world, on their body, usually on an arm or a hand, and then they photograph it and post it to their site.  There was one image that stayed with me that said “Fear Less.”  It got me thinking about fear, about the act of being “fearless” vs. the directive to “fear less.”

Maybe I don’t have to be unfailingly fearless, maybe I just need to fear less.  Still pondering that one…

To make this I played with painters tape, acrylics, spray ink, sharpie, various papers, brads, water colors, and (with slightly less guilt) book pages.

And, since this song has been stuck in my head ALL week, and this is a band that I heart more and more every time I listen, I present to you, Freelance Whales:

I encourage you to check them out and buy this album. It’s worth a listen!



  1. we are more alike than you know…love freelance whales and…I’ve totally been addicted to this site whenever I need a little journal prompt inspiration i go here…

  2. We are super cool 😉 Thanks for the tip on the site. Let’s get together again soon!

  3. […] boiled down to: “How do you combat fear?”  It reminded me of a journal page I posted about the difference between being “fearless” and the act of “fearing […]

  4. I just fell into your blog by chance this morning, it’s so full of richly inspiring ideas and I’m hooked! Big thanks for sharing your creations 😀

    1. Thanks so very much! That is a lovely comment 🙂

  5. […] was putting the finishing touches on my last post (which I had a ton of technical issues with–view here if you missed it)  this came in the mail. My order from Rio Grande finally arrived! Yippeee!  […]

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