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By Salley Schmid
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more images from inside Find Your True North
more images from inside Find Your True North

 

fear and pain evoked by template image
fear and pain evoked by template image

 

hope and healing inspired by image
hope and healing inspired by image

 

hope and healing inspired by image
hope and healing inspired by image
painful experience provoked by template image
painful experience provoked by template image

Find Your True North will be available to backers as an alternative to the very full images found in the now popular adult coloring books. These images are instead, template in nature, with lots of room for personalization, individualization and embellishment as the image provokes thoughts, emotion and story. The paper quality will allow for a large variety of artistic medium to be used, however simple marker or crayon may be used as well. There is lots of white space for writing if the journal user prefers using words over images. And certainly images can be embellished with added detail, zen-tangle, mixed media, collage and more. The options are as varied as the outcomes can potentially be.

Because there is so much room for interpretation with each image, this journal has great therapeutic value as well. My hope is that therapists will implement this in their work with clients as well as individuals finding it of value in their personal reflection and growth. I plan to make use of this journal with my own clients and with group work, work shops, and retreats.

I do have a couple art product recommendations. For the most part any art supply can be used with the exception of markers that bleed through paper such as sharpies. If you desire to use these kind of markers you will have to use something more opaque on the backs of these pages to cover the bleed through. Collage or acrylic paint works well for this. The markers that I find work best are those found in the scrap booking sections of craft stores, Flair markers, and other markers that do not have a high saturation effect. I find that straight watercolor will warp the page a bit and that watercolor pencils or watercolor crayons allow you to get the pigment on the page and use less water maintaining the integrity of the page better. I do not recommend pastel chalks because the images will smear as the pages close and rest against each other. Pretty much any other art supply I have tried has worked well. My disclaimer is that I certainly have not tried everything. I have found that if I use mod podge or collage podge or another type of sealant the page needs to dry extremely well to prevent pages sticking together. I recommend using parchment paper or plastic between the pages if the book needs to be closed less than 24 hours after the image is covered with sealant. In humid climates you may need more than 24 hours. I do not recommend the use of polyurethane spray sealant. This will cause the page to yellow. If you prefer spray sealant I have used an acrylic spray that worked well and did not discolor the page.

I love locally sourced products and services so I have chosen a local printer to produce the art journal.  So your pledge will also be supporting a family owned business rather than a large corporate conglomerate.  My images were digitized for printing purposes by a local digital media student. Packing and shipping will be accomplished by local help. Costs associated with backing this project go to pay for these services: production, art conversion, packing and shipping. Your backer dollars will produce the backer rewards and allow for production of additional copies of the journal. Additional copies will be used at Enrichment Training and Counseling Solutions, P.C. (in Waco Texas) in individual therapy and in therapeutic support circles serving primarily survivors of interpersonal trauma. Interpersonal trauma includes abuse such as: sexual, commercial sex, physical, psychological and religious abuse which may have occurred in childhood or adulthood and may have occurred over a period of time or may be a single incident of abuse.

My hope is that, in reaching my funding goal, lives can be touched creatively with healing and support through the work of my own agency as well as through the work of individuals and therapists all over who can have access to this journal once produced. Creative expression has powerful healing elements and can tap into the memories and growth potential where words may not exist or may fail to convey the message needing expression.

sampling of images and art mediums
sampling of images and art mediums

 

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image samples

 

Risks and challenges

The challenges are directly tied to the quality of paper and production specifications to make this journal. High quality paper and specific 2 sheet per signature binding makes this expensive to produce. However, these specifications are essential to the art journaling process. For example, the binding enables pages to lay flat for working on them as images span the gutter of each 2 page spread, the paper quality allows for a large variety of artistic medium to be utilized, including water color.

Additional challenges will come with the shipping process, I have never handled a large shipping or distribution project before. To overcome this, I am taking advice from a local Kickstarter project friend who has successfully handled the shipping and distribution component of her project, which is also a book. I am accessing my husband’s support as he quite often handles shipping and distribution of products at his company and have already lined up paid manpower to help package the journals for shipping. I think my greatest risk will be in meeting the desired time line to get all rewards shipped. I do not have a good sense of what the number of journals in my goal quantity will even look like. But i trust my advisors.

My greatest challenge related to this project is having the courage to launch this campaign. The project is so near and dear to my heart, I really am laying myself out there wholeheartedly, risking my passion and authenticity to be exposed to rejection.

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