my story

my story journal page wip 1
wip one, my story

My life has changed drastically over the last three years. My story is still evolving. What I've brought forward with me are memories of the past, and these are what have kept me moving forward.

my story journal page wip 2
wip two, my story

When I think of Mexico, I think of my Mom. Although, she had never been to Mexico until she was in her 60's, her Father was from there. I grew up hearing her and my Grandfather speak in Spanish. I love the language but cannot speak it fluently. I finally came to realise that learning it is not my priority.

I also remember Mom traveling to Mexico with me, her very first trip out of the States, and how excited she was. I am always a nervous wreck during the take-off, but she was so happy and not worried at all about the future. Two stamps that I purchased in Mexico remind me of her and these roots.

Photography is another love of mine. With that, I've followed in my Father's footsteps. Every trip back home, he'd sit down with me and teach me how the camera settings work and show me what projects he was working on. Since I was 7, he made sure I had my own camera.

my story journal page
my story journal page, 6.5 inches x 10 inches

The earth moves in its orbit 68000 miles an hour.
This year has seen movement, evolution, and my story is changing.
Maybe I can plan now.
I want to take root and fly at the same time.
I am restless and at peace.

Materials: decorative tissue paper, Mexican postal stamps, self-portrait pen drawing, gesso, acrylics, stamped squares, camera pencil drawing painted with acrylics, Japanese caligraphy cut from a book, sewing patterns, earth orbit calculation from an old math book, and my handwriting.


  1. This is a GORGEOUS self-portrait, Juana! I like how you share your story along with the portrait. And I like all the different mediums you're incorporated into this truly unique piece that is all you. :o) ((HUGS))

  2. your page says so much about you. As you explain your story, more and more things make sense. I need to draw more - have always been afraid it won't look nice. I guess my journal is the perfect place to experiment! {:-Deb

  3. Tracy, good to see you!

    storybeader, journal pages are great for experimenting and letting go. I look forward to seeing your drawings.

  4. Beautiful done. We learn so much from experimenting and journals are perfect for that.. :)

  5. Love how you tell your story in your art! <3

  6. Lovely story! And so cool that you have so many memories! :) Lovely!

  7. this is a wonderful collage of your life in memories. thank you for sharing some of your story - it's always so interesting to hear where our fellow art bloggers are from and what motivates them.

  8. beautiful Juana! I love the collage and your story that inspired it.

  9. Wonderful art work and your warm memories are treasures and you have sketched them so well ~ transitions are not easy yet you seem to be evolving through it well ~ Sending you lots of healing energy ~ and love your art style!

  10. this is seeing the progression of your piece!!!

  11. Wonderful sketches and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. :) Hugs

  12. What a lovely piece, Juana. It says so much. I love the stories of your parents and the sweet memories you shared. Best wishes to you as you move forward in your journey!

  13. thank you for sharing this beautiful page of your life!


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