A Return to Art Journaling

Kelly Kilmer‘s workshops here in my town happened 7 weeks ago. Seven. Why am I writing about it now? That’s a good question. I’ve been wrestling with some stuff lately. The kind of stuff that has me questioning everything and ending my internal conversations with the question, “What’s the point?” and my psychiatrist asking me if I ever think of hurting myself.

I’m not. But still, Not Good.

I’m listening to an audio book called The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck and getting schooled by a millennial. He’s saying all of the things I already know, but for some reason, it’s resonating this time.

Do something.

Kelly Kilmer Workshop Ladies
Kelly Kilmer Workshop Ladies 2018 – We’re having fun making art, journaling, and sharing with each other. (photo courtesy of Kelly)

So I’m going to post this thing I’ve been wanting to post for 7 weeks now.

Kelly’s workshops, as always, were fantastic. The woman can really teach and she definitely inspires me. I can’t recommend her more highly. All of the ladies who were in the class were inspiring, too. It’s great to go around and see everyone’s work. There was laughter and sharing and the woman who let us use her home for our weekend, Bev Perina, is a kind and generous joy to be around.

I’ve been in a serious art rut for a long time now, but I think these workshops have helped me to start getting out of it. I’ve worked in my Kelly journals a tiny bit since the weekend I started them, but not a lot. Maybe in sharing them here, I’ll get re-inspired.

Repurposed Book Cover Journal - 2018 Kelly Kilmer Workshop
We turned an old book into a new journal by removing the pages in the book and putting in new ones.
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Basic Handmade Book - 2018 Kelly Kilmer Workshop
Spread I think is finished.
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Portfolio + Cards - 2018 Kelly Kilmer Workshop
Front cover of portfolio
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