Tuesday, July 27, 2010

30 Journals 30 Days ~ An Interview

Playing along today with the AMAZING Connie Hozvicka and her 30 Journals 30 Days Love. Everyday this month she has interviewed an Art Journaler, and now on the 31st day of July, she is featuring all the Lovelies that participate in her workshops, e-course, etc. Here's my interview, of ME! Thank you Connie!!!

•How long have you been Art Journaling?
I just started a couple months ago. I can't believe I didn't discover it sooner! I have loved collage projects for a very long time, and I've kept a written journal for years. But to find this place where all of that can be combined, adding in painting and drawing, where permission is granted to do ART everyday... it's just simply amazing.

•How has Art Journaling impacted, changed, or enhanced your life?
It has changed my life in every way imaginable. For just about all of my adult life I have believed that ART was for other people. For people who followed a certain path. Who were encouraged from a very young age. Who actually earn a living from it. And so I always hesitated to create. And now, here, through ART journaling, I have learned that ART is for everyone! Expressing ourselves though ART is exactly what it is about. It is not about product. It is not about pleasing someone else. It is all about process. About permission to make a mess, to try new things, to experiment, to find joy in the middle of all of it. To release pain. To tap into the very depths of our Soul. I now, finally, have found freedom, freedom to express my soul's desire. This is HUGE. It's MONUMENTAL!

•What are a few of your favorite Art Journaling materials?
I have fallen deeply in love with gel medium for texture. I also love acrylic paint, magazine pics for collaging, sparkly gel pens (LOVE sparkly gel pens), paint pens in general, textured paper, and I think I'm just discovering a love of stitching my pages!

•Who are some of your favorite Art Journalers?
I first came across and have been so inspired by the art journaling of Teesha Moore.
Sarah Whitmire has some lovely prompts she generously shares that I thoroughly enjoyed.
And now, the most wonderful Connie Hozvicka and her Art Journal Love Letters!

•What kind words of encouragement would you say to an Art Journal newbie?
I don't think it can be said enough ~ there is no wrong way to do ART journaling!! You can use whatever materials you want, whatever techniques you want, whatever paper you want. The idea is to express yourself, the good, the bad, the ugly. The beautiful, the inspired, the messy!! Give yourself permission to put color to paper. To glue. To scribble. Expresss yourself. It's all GOOD!!

•Where can we contact you...give us some link LOVE!!
My blog is here: Indigomoone Musings
I'm on Facebook: Tracy Carlton
I tweet here.
I have another life as a belly dancer here: Kundalini Belly Dance

And, big secret, a new slowly emerging not really ready, but sharing it here anyway adventure: Expressive Souls

•Short Bio
I am a dreamer, a dancer, an ARTist, a risk-taker. I am a recovering perfectionist and an emerging shaman. I am building up the courage and also a plan to take flight from a good but not-my-Soul's-Expression job into a life where dreams are real, creativity is queen, inspiration is generously given, connection is woven, and LOVE is shared.

So looking forward to sharing this journey with you!


  1. So Tracy, I would totally think you've been Art Journaling forever that's how awesome your work is!!! I don't know why you ever thought YOU weren't an Artist.


    Glad we got that figured out--now the world can go back to balance again!!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Big hugs,

  2. wow tracy. that is a POWERFUL story. i'm so glad i got to read this today. thank you.

  3. you write beautifully and your pages are gorgeous! so glad you began art journaling - what would the world have done without your creations?! thanks so much for sharing and for inspiring ~



  4. I love this. I am so happy for you to have found art journalling--and just look at this yummy work you are doing. OMG. I am inspired by your story.
    huge hugs

  5. Tracy you make me want to dance around...truly. I LOVE the joy that you have found in art journaling and in yourself. It's so beautiful...your pages are fantastic. You were meant to create and I am sooo glad you are doing so!

    HUGS my ajll friend :)

  6. Oh and I'm SOOO with ya...sparkly gel pens ROCK!!

  7. What a wonderful read. Your answer to how has journaling impacted your life completely resonated with me. And your journals themselves are beautiful, I love the textures.

  8. Gorgeous pages, the first one blew me away!!

  9. i can't believe you just started doing this, and your pages are fantastic. Great story too!