I express in the art journal what I can't express in the same way through talking or actions. The pages become an imprint of my life at that moment. They also become prayer in motion as I create both images and write words on the images -- an expression of God's beauty through me.
I love engaging in this process with other people...seeing what beauty and meaning comes through them. We use ink, paint, stamps, paper, pens and other materials to create mixed-media collages. There is no right or wrong and no mistakes, we just let the art come through us.
I share a few pages from my art journal here. My friend and I were talking about hinges, and this page came to my mind, and then another friend gave me some advice recently to "ground my heart" as a way to feel more free in this world.