22 January 2016

Wanderlust 2016 - January Challenge piece

DecoArt Challenge Piece

I am so thrilled to be part of Wanderlust 2016 - it is only four weeks in, and already I am learning so much about mixed media and art journalling in general.  More importantly though, I'm also learning about myself in the process.  I will also say that today's work has been inspired by another lovely lady taking part in Wanderlust ~ her name is Dee, and her seeming fearlessness has inspired me to get into it this afternoon...  Thanks Dee!
The first challenge for the year is being sponsored by DecoArt, and there is an amazing array of goodies on offer!  The prompt?
Sometimes what you're most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free!
Powerful, huh?  So I had to set about thinking what I was afraid of, and ways around it or through it, to achieve a level of freedom...
Well, other than spiders and needles (!), something in life that I am afraid of is being JUDGED...  ...and that judgement can come in all sorts of forms.  Relevant to my current journey through new forms of creativity is the fear of having my work be judged inadequate by current 'standards' of what is 'in' or 'pleasing' to the viewer.  So, it is a very large leap of faith to freedom that I take to post about this new creative passion of mine ~ art journalling (seemingly without a care in the world ~ yeah, right!).
As I'm learning more and more, I can already see improvements in the work I'm creating and this is a very positive thing for me.

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Oh Deb, you made me cry (my husband says I am too emotional and he is probably right). As you know my work has been judged and found lacking but from the moment I met you last year you have been nothing but supportive. For you to say that i have inspired you in some one is something that will stay with me for a very very long time.

    You have set yourself free and well done for doing and putting into words what you are afraid of. We shouldn't compare our work to others but we all do it. All I can say is create from the heart and have fun while doing it and something amazing will happen.

    I love your composition and the use of only 3 colours, it is a gorgeous page. You should be proud of yourself.

    Much Love Dee x

  2. Wow! It's beautiful and I love the colour! Love you to bits! San

  3. Hi Deb, I'm really inspired by your work. It is really beautiful and full of meaning. I really think you nailed this. You are very brave and I admire you for being so open. Well done. :) Meg

  4. You hit the nail on the head about fear of judgement, I am also followed around by the voice that says,"You're not good enough." I get it!
    No judgement here. You are awesome. Have fun. See you on the discussion boards at Wanderlust. Michelle

  5. I wouldn't even know where to start, this is so way outta my league lol. Love your beautiful choice of colours and ALL that fabulous texture!


I would love to hear any comments you may have about my work! Thanks for stopping by!