Journal Page: I use a bad word

Hi all. What can I say? Dark frame of mind last night. I struggled with the decision to post this, because I have this impression that art journals are full of positivity and affirmations. This did not seem to fit the mold, even for me. But after having a long talk with myself, I came to this conclusion: It’s my journal, and I can do whatever I want to or need to do with it. And I don’t have to share, but I am practicing putting things out there (part of the “fear less” theme I seem to have adopted lately) and the best time to practice that is exactly when you are feeling like you don’t want to.

This is the first time I approached the journal not because I had something I wanted to say, but because I felt like I had something I needed to say in order to be okay and get on with my life. Hello, breakthrough. Nice to meet you.  Seems like this journal is becoming something that I don’t just like to do, but need to do. Huh.

I did use a bad word. As an adjective. So, if that’s not your thing, you can probably stop here. I hope we’ll still be blog buddies because, whether I comment or not, I read pretty much every single post from everyone I follow. I would miss you if you went away 🙂

To make this I played with water colors, pencil, sharpie, and a fair amount of anger.


I don’t believe in “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” The more things change, the more they change. It’s just a matter of if we can adapt to what’s new, or if we fall apart. Life is fucking complicated.

Postscript: I just realized that I posted this right above a journal page about things being simple vs. complex where I concluded that simple is almost always true.  Then again, maybe not…  I have a feeling this theme will crop up again soon.



  1. Too is very chaotic and if the waves are high, they can make you “fucking” sick! There….some solidarity for you! Hope the page helped and you are right about needing to to do your journal as I find I need to make art!

    1. Thank you for your comment 🙂 And I appreciate the solidarity!

  2. Good for you Michelle, fear-less girl, I think it’s important to vent feelings sometimes and you are right, life is complicated and frustrating. I too am finding my art journaling is something I need to do. You won’t offend me by using powerful words, in fact i use that word all the time myself (although I haven’t been brave enough to put it in my journal yet). I’m still your blog buddy 🙂
    Hope all is good with you
    Big love
    AJ 🙂

    1. Thanks for your comment! It is much appreciated 🙂

  3. Great journal page! I love the colors you used and I agree with your thoughts 🙂 Some days you just need to vent and there is no reason not to use your art journal for that

    1. Thanks! I was happy with how the colors turned out, too! I appreciate your comment!

  4. Great page. Sometimes you do just need to vent and you shouldn’t censor yourself and think that everything has to be positive and affirming. Go for it!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I really appreciate it 🙂

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