Saturday, January 23, 2016

A Nostalgic Art Journal Page

Sian of From High in the Sky posted an interesting quote on her instagram feed:
"What one wants to say is formed in one's childhood and we spend the rest of our lives trying to say it."
Barbara Hepwoth
I know that I use a lot of nostalgic elements in my art journaling because who I am and the art I create is definitely shaped by my childhood. 
For this page, I started with the background and then sorted through some tags I had sitting around. The bright yellow monocled cat jumped out at me. I started layering on other elements that seemed to fit the mood I was in. A dozen additions later, I decided it was ready for journaling. I wrote around the circles first, repeating "my heart is filled with nostalgia" and "childhood memories fill my heart." I then filled the internal white space with more journaling about how my childhood memories fill my heart and make me brave.
I did a lot of art journaling this last week during my visit to southern California and this was probably my favorite page.
I'm not sure if what I want to say was completely formed in my childhood, but I know that my childhood definitely influences who I am and what I have to say.

What do you think of Sian's quote?


Sian said...

I like your page very much

I suspect there are people who cling to their childhood and repeat its pattern; and people who can't get away from it fast enough; and people who'd love to escape from it if they could. The balance is the thing

Patio Postcards said...

I really like this quote - I shall borrow it as my January Favourite Quote. Thank you for sharing. I like what you have done with your page & it certainly has me thinking of how I could sort through this quote to make a reflective page myself.

Denise said...

I love your page Rinda - Sian is so right with her comment here - so many people love revisiting their childhood and so many want not to but I think whichever way - it shapes how we react today xx

Melissa said...

Fantastic page inspired by that quote! I do think our childhood informs much of what we have to say, but the years change and update and alter it, too.

alexa said...

Lovely layered and textured page - and thought-provoking too. Me, I think we are patterned by our childhood experiences but our life does not have to be determined by them - awareness of these and choosing differently is the key.