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Journal Bliss: Symbolic Stories

By Violette

“To become truly immortal, a work of art
must escape all human limits: logic and common
sense will only interfere. But once these
barriers are broken, it will enter the realms
of childhood visions and dreams.”
— Giorgio De Chirico

Another way to tell the stories of your life on paper is to choose a pertinent story from someone you care about and relate it to your own experiences in order to realize a deeper connection on the pages of your journal.

Download & Print Symbolic Stories ExcerptThe origin of this visual journal page is a story about my mother as a teenager. She desperately wanted a strapless ball gown and a room of her own. She wanted to escape a life of poverty and scraping by, and she felt that if she married, then she would be able to afford these simple dreams. Sadly, she never did get that coveted ball gown, but my mom's story reminded me of finally getting my own strapless gown when I was in my forties. My daughter, Jessica, and I were shopping at a vintage clothing store, and I spied this splendid cream-colored ball gown with tulle and extreme poofiness. Impractical, maybe, but it was calling my name. So I tried it on — but it was so snug that I couldn't get out of it. I struggled and strained but to no avail. I called the sales clerk over and I explained my dilemma. He said, "Oh, don't worry. Just do whatever you need to do to get out of it!" So I ended up tearing the darn thing! Now, this next part I simply cannot believe I did. I decided to buy the gown, but brazenly said, "I'd love to buy this dress but it's torn. Could I please have a discount?" The sales clerk who had advised me earlier smiled at me and deducted ten dollars from the cost. I was reminded of a favorite quote by Wilhela Cushman (a fashion editor, naturally): "Just around the corner in every woman's mind — is a lovely dress, a wonderful suit or entire costume which will make an enchanting new creature of her."

Can you see that life is simply full of blissful journaling fodder? There are so many endearing stories that enrich our lives and can be brought to life visually with a little creativity. What symbolic stories can you tell on the pages of your art journal? •

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Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner EccentricExcerpted with permission from Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric by © 2009 by Violette. All rights reserved.

Updated 12/23/13