Nest of Comforts


These art journal pages make up a three-page spread and are part of a project that I taught my art journaling class in the spring. We started out making the page extender by removing one page from our journals and than adhering it to the outside edge of the second page of a two page spread. Then you can fold the page in toward the center of your book between the first and second pages. Unfolded, it will make a three page spread inside as well as outside. These pages are the inside three page spread. 

In my class, we'd been talking about how to use the journal as a place to express ourselves and our personal mythologies. I had been a bit stressed from taking care of an ill family member as well as coping with fibromyalgia and pain spikes and migraine headaches that had started to increase as a result of my stress. I had decided to cope a bit and give myself a much needed break by taking my camera out on the trail and enjoy being out in nature. It has become quite therapeutic for me to do this and I thoroughly enjoy it! I had been so inspired by the birds that I had been seeing out on the trail and had been trying to get close up shots of them (not very successfully!). They inspired me with their chirps, the way they soar & fly and the way they would watch me as I would try my best to slowly approach them. Then one day I saw a bird gathering dried grass and small twigs on my patio to build a nest. I had been working on my own self care and was struck at how this bird was "taking care" of herself and her eggs. I decided to introduce the concept of a "Nest of Comforts" to my class and have them use their three page spread to draw, paint, illustrate, collage and journal about their own "nest of comforts". It became a theme that we came back to again and again. For myself, as I work on my journal right along with my class, it became a process in which I continued to add things to my nest of comforts. I worked on my pages for three months before I had layered and filled the pages and they seemed complete. I discovered that I could probably make an entire journal dedicated to my Nest of Comforts, as I found more and more things that comfort me, provide comfort, heal, soothe and encourage me along my journey in this life and particularly during times of stress. I found things that helped with my migraines, that helped me cope with pain, that helped me to cope with stress and that helped me take the breaks that I needed. In short, sharing this lesson with my class, enabled me to continue exploring my nest of comforts and come up with ways to rest and take comfort or change up things that no longer work. My journal itself has become a nest of comforts. I hope you might explore this theme of Nest of Comforts in your own journal and if you have never journaled before, give it try! I'd love to see your work either here in the comments, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, just use #nestofcomforts.