Today’s page is another I completed a short time ago, using an image from Kim Rae Nugent’s new book, Journal Starters Sampler Volume I. This fabulous resource for mixed-media art journalists is available for purchase right now on Amazon.com.
“Please Don’t Burst My Bubbles” was inspired by a photograph of the ubiquitous carnival game in which contestants throw darts at balloons in order to win prizes. I was reminded of how life, other people, and even the darker aspects of our own personalities can serve as darts and arrows to the values we hold dear–our sacred balloons, or “bubbles.” If we fail to build and maintain a strong outer shell of armor to ward them off, they may puncture and deflate our dreams.
In each of the “bubbles” on the page I recorded a value that is important to me in my life, and for each of the “arrows,” I wrote down an antagonist to those values; both were great exercises in honest self-reflection.
For me, self-doubt is certainly an arrow that I’m guilty of throwing at myself. It’s the ever-present voice in my head that tells me lies, trying to convince me that I’m not capable of doing what I want to do and that I’m just not good enough. I know I need to do a better job of ignoring and silencing that voice.
Rigidity is another of my pitfalls. I resist and run away from change, even when I know it is what’s best for me. I’m not always willing to look outside the box, although I must say that my art practice has forced me to get better at recognizing and exploring alternatives, instead of merely giving up when the going gets tough or something isn’t working out as planned.
This page was created with spray inks, stencils, watercolor crayons, vintage book pages, Washi tape, a bottle cap stamped with India ink, stamps, pigment ink, rub-ons, stickers, a pen, and a date stamp.
Here’s to suits of armor, and to the good sense to drop any of those sharp “arrows” that we may be clutching in our own hands. They only serve as hazards to ourselves and the brave, strong lives we’re trying to build.
Have a wonderful weekend!