When I was studying Art Therapy one of the phrases that struck a chord with me was "Trust the Process". It was the title of a book by Shaun McNiff, a well known and well respected art therapist. It takes courage to put yourself out there - art reveals your innermost thoughts and feelings and you really have to trust what is being put on the page. As I started art journaling the significance of trusting the process became even more evident.
When I open my journal to a new page I have no idea of where I am going to start nor what shape my art will take. Apart from some seepage from previous pages, I really have a blank canvas. I start with gesso - it's almost like that is getting me "in the mood" so to speak. Then I see what jumps out at me from the supplies on my desk. Sometimes it is paint, sometimes ink, sometimes texture - and then I just start playing. At some point I feel like I am finished and I add the sentiment, give it a final coat of mod podge and I am done. The sentiment sometimes comes to me as I work or once I have finished - however it happens, it is usually relevant to where I am at and what I have created - I have found that they usually go hand in hand.
When I look at what I have created I can see that there has been a process. There are layers upon layers, sometimes ugly layers, sometimes beautiful layers, but all those layers make up the whole. A bit like life really, isn't it. Food for thought?