Fast Car — art journal

Tracy ChapmanI don’t need to tell you that I have been a bad blogger lately….it is really obvious.  Summer comes and I see the light of day after a long dark Alaska winter and I lose it.  My blog is important to me.  I love how it documents my creative life.  It makes me accountable to stay on track with all my goals as well. So…..I am going to share some projects that I have been doing since I dropped off of the blogosphere the past couple of months.

This art journal I started after I started listening to Tracy Chapman on vinyl.  I forgot how much I loved her and I swear I played this record for two weeks straight.  So, I decided to do a Tracy Chapman art journal spread.

Tracy ChapmanFast CarI copied they lyrics off of the album and used them as one of the layers and this strip shining through is my favorite.

Why journal?

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For years I have kept a journal and they have been my best friends in moments I have felt all alone.  At times I kept one to complain and voice my grievances and one to be grateful and ramble in.  Each one has served its purpose in my life.  Now I do not have a journal for grievances but I think life was harder back then.  I heard someone say once to write for 20 minutes each day and spend 10 minutes writing your complaints and grievances and then spend 10 minutes writing your blessings.  Then see how long you could continue.  Not too long after I was spending the 20 minutes on my blessings.  I just felt better.  I am not saying I did not go back to old Martha (that is what I called my journal) but I spend less time being down and more time looking for the good in my life.

Anyway, I digress, that happens a lot with me.

I start each day in my journals.  It is so wonderful to sit and gather my thoughts and think about my day in a way that inspires me and brings joy to my life.  If you have not started one, go out and find you a fun journal, and then a nice comforting pen and start your day organizing and sorting your thoughts.  I know you will not regret it.