30 Journals 30 Days: KARIN BARTIMOLE
Published on July 25, 2010
Today is a very special day for Karin in many ways!
Please be sure to visit her blog today and join in the celebration!
Happy Birthday Karin!! Congratulations!! And all my LOVE!!
How long have you been Art Journaling?
As a child growing up with a violent, alcoholic mother there was very little predictability in life, but my art was always a sure thing. When I felt there was no where else to turn, I had a way to express the hurt, anger, and confusion that was going on inside of me. Through my art I was able to release the feelings that would otherwise have built up inside, with no where else to go.
My art journals have continued to be the way I process the challenges in my life. As an adult I’ve had to deal with a number of health issues – I’ve used my journal for exploring and releasing the emotions that have risen and aren’t constructive. It’s helped me find acceptance in the seemingly unacceptable, understanding in the baffling, and a sense of peace in the midst of chaos. Having a daily record to look back upon allows me to see when patterns develop in my imagery or use of words – I can catch myself in negative patterns and make changes, or reinforce positive evolutions that or occurring. Having this concrete record helps make real the goals and dreams of life!
My other journal is more mixed media – for that gesso is my favorite thing. A base of gesso gives my pages body, strength and texture to build on, with acrylic paints, pastels, stitching, stamping – what ever I want to add.
~ My video book binding tutorials and art sharing can be found on my YouTube channel
~ and to get to know me a little better, and my feelings about creativity, I’ve replied to an in depth interview at WhoHub which might interest you both as a reader, to get to know other artists, and for answering yourself, to share who you are with others!
I have always been an artist, and if I couldn’t be that I’d want to work with plants. I live outside New York city with my husband. I’m currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and am looking forward to the completion of that so that I can get back to full time art making, moving into a newly renovated studio, and teaching again!
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