Several months ago I was deep into my 2nd altered book journal and was enjoying the painting process but felt totally hemmed in with my style - tight tighter and tightest!! My watercolour work is realistic and I don't feel a need to change that because I still really enjoy that style. Taking up art journaling gave me an opportunity to change it up style-wise but I hadn't caught on to the loose bit yet. I was designing pages with everything in its place and found myself journaling about how tight my work was. After flipping by this half done page - that I detested - I took paint and started applying it with stencils every which way with no end goal in sight. I ended up with something that pleased me because it looked nothing like my previous pages and I felt I might be on my way to freeing myself up a bit. I still have a long ways to go and I am thoroughly enjoying the process!!!