hi, I'm Lydia and I'm a journaler and Mixed media artist.
While I've always been creative, my story is very like most of us who enjoyed creativity as a child and in early adulthood gave it up when life's busyness took over.
It wasn't until 2018 when my son was born too early and passed away that I found myself deep in grief and without a way to express my feelings. words were too hard and I developed severe depression, anxiety and ptsd.
A few months after my son's birth, I happened across a veRy average little art therapy course online for just a few dollars and decided to give it a go. While the course itself wasn't amazing, it threw me back in to making art and gave my aching heart a little life again. It was a way to express myself that was more than words.
I HAD NO IDEA THAT ART JOURNALING WAS EVEN A THING but I picked up a little lined notebook that I started drawing and making some art in. It was deeply unimpressive art but it was fun. It made me happy. Happy was something I'D truly thought I'd never feel again.
Through some good old Pinterest searching I came across art journals, then Junk journals and then Daily creative journals. My whole world changed. I know, that sounds so dramatic but it is totally true. My whole world changed.
I found a place of self expression. I found a place for beauty. I found a place to store my memories and the memories of my son and later my daughter who also passed away at birth. I found a community online. I found people interested in me and my art. honestly, I found myself again.
needless to say I think keeping a journal, making art and getting creative is magic in the purest sense. I am passionate about creative expression, playing with all the paint and documenting life in my journals.
this website is a place to share my art and creations with you and to be a source of inspiration to others struggling in life in whatever way to get creative again. Creativity is healing. It's grounding and nourishing. It is life-giving.
If it's been a while since you picked up a paintbrush, your journal or any creative source, I really recommend giving it a go. You might find it does wonders for you too.