Sunday, April 07, 2013

Happiness is...

Hi everyone!
This has been a very long and exciting week.
Lots of soul searching has happened, not because I had planned it, but just because things totally came together and conspired.
This week began a wonderful class called Sweetlings Mini by Effy Wild and  I am lucky enough to have a seat in her classroom.
Sweetlings Mini is a month long class and each month you will learn, new techniques and have some guided inspiration to work with.
What I like about Effy is that she shares with her students her knowledge and then encourages them to develop their own style and new techniques.
When this post began I told you that I had been doing some soul searching, well it all started when I had to sketch my Sweetling. Yay..., my first sketch, actually used the forth version, but had a blast sketching her.
While sketching I tried to imitate what Effy was doing, and always ended up rounding her face. I got frustrated and decided that I would stop sketching and rest, thinking I was just tired.
The sketch stayed on my desk for a day, and each time I looked at it I had this strange feeling in my stomach. Finally I sat back at my desk and decided to give it another try, that's when I understood why I keep drawing this chubby Sweetling, I was drawing myself as a little girl!
At this moment everything had a new meaning, I had already chosen the sentiment before tracing a line:
Happiness is an Inside Job.
Things happen with a purpose, and I could see this sweet little girl, suffering because she was over weighted and feeling totally out of the social groups.
I understood that I have been unhappy with my appearance since I was a child, this adds a new layer in my journey.
The sentiment helped me see that there was nothing wrong with me, I just happened to be overweight, it did bring out some health issues, but other than that I am still me and I have the right to be happy!
Here is my creation:

Happiness is part of my journey!
I want to share this at:

Edited on April 15, 2013
This art Journal page is featured as Pick Of The Week in Lisa's Blog: Adventures in Paperland, you can read everything HERE.
Thanks Lisa!


  1. Fabulous Artwork Julia. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  2. Sweet! I love your bright colors and the sweet little girl!

  3. A great expression of your feelings. Love the sentiment and your sweet girl.
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  4. It's so cute! Saw it on MIM.

  5. This is just gorgeous. Love the colours and embellishments. All the elements work so well together. I saw this on MIM and just had to pop over to have a closer look.
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  6. I saw you on MIM. I love the look of this piece the girl is so sweet and the background colors really cheer me up!! I am # 7, 37,119, and #120, stop by I would
    Love to have you visit.
    This is so sweet.
    DIANA L.

  7. This is a beautiful piece of work and a lovely post. I'll check out that class... thank you for the link. I stopped in from MIM.

  8. Beautiful piece of art and touching story. I love this drawing it is so sweet and innocent and looking. I saw your painting on MIM. It's heart warming.

  9. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I am your newest follower. Your work is amazing and I look forward to seeing more of it. Your honesty is wonderful! I would be honoured if you would be a follower of mine as well! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Beautifully crafted and beautifully written about...I envy your talent with words and your ability to create such gorgeous projects.
    Creative Wishes
    Claire S

  11. Congrats on the POTW and love your journal page and your drawing of the little you is awesome..
    Sandy :)

  12. Siply beautiful...and the message it gives too!

  13. Julia, This is just beautiful and I love all the detail. It is nice to see some of your own original work and so happy that you could share it in the April issue of the Art With No Boundaries Ezine. You will be receiving an email from me later today with the sentiment that was being offered as a prize. I hope you enjoy using it and look forward to seeing what you create with it.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  14. I hopped over from Effy's blog-along link list and am smiling. This post of yours was suggested as one I might like and I *so* do! Your art is beautiful and warm congratulations for being featured! :)


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