cropped-10593049_919240764791868_8744999034121126288_n.jpgMy name is Effy, and I’m a journal artist & on line teacher. I like to write & share about art journaling as a spiritual practice, and my go-to tool for healing & life documentation. I’m a mother of grown children, and I live with an adorable furbaby in a three story walk up apartment in Canada.

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Wallowing

A few posts ago, I wrote about how I'm mostly 'in the trenches', in the muck & mire of real life, and how I believe we're all made of mud. Lotuses, rooted in the deep dark mud of our every day lives. Mud reminds me of wallowing. Elephants do it. Rhinos do it. They...

My Own Personal Yellow Brick Road

Tarot was my own personal yellow brick road. Let me explain! I started using tarot back in the late 1980's not long after my first child was born. I was living in a basement suite, and my upstairs neighbor, a wonderful woman who was just old enough to be my mom, took...

Journal52 – Week #37 – Ebb

Journal52 is member supported! Please tip generously!  Every week in 2017, you will receive a new prompt card from Effy Wild. Designed to jump start your next art journal spread, these cards are printable for your future use as well, so you can expect to collect 52...

The Push – For J

Lo, way back when I was young-ish, I had a lover of the 'show up at 3 in the morning' kind. He worked in the service industry, so he'd end his shift, have a few drinks, and then cab over, half drunk, to knock gently on my door. We'd stand there, he and I, for a moment...

Kelly Diels Saved My Bacon

Before I dive in, I wanted to tell you that Life Book 2018 is open for registration, but just in case you hadn't, here's a coupon code! LOVEBOMB2018 will get you 20% off if you use it before the end of December, and a portion of the proceeds of sales in the first...

Sweet Trash Journal – Free Class

Back in 2010, I taught a class called The Elements of Art Journaling, and in it, I featured the composition notebook as an alternative art journal. Over time, this practice of decorating and filling a composition noteboook became integral to my emotional well-being....

I Used To Be A Poet

I used to write a lot of poetry, used to dream I'd be a poet some day. In all my visions of my future life, there were always these slim little volumes of poetry by yours truly on a shelf somewhere that I'd written and had published. There was always this piece in...

No Mud, No Lotus

I filmed this for Mixed Tape I back in 2014 or 15 (I can't remember which). It was an exploration of the Gayatri Mantra as recorded by Deva Premal - one of my go to songs to listen to when I need to feel soothed & calmed & grounded & centered. We've all...

Klinger Was A Joy Warrior

Some of us are more resilient than others, and I'm not entirely sure why that is in a general sense, but I do know that a great deal of my resilience comes from my ability to fling glitter in the trenches. Flinging glitter, for me, is a metaphor for the things we do...

Purse Dump

Purse Dump* I go back to therapy today at 2 p.m. I am not loving that. I don't want to. I am dragging myself kicking and screaming, because I *genuinely can't afford it* and also because the next layer of stuff that needs tending is deep childhood stuff, and I'm...

Life Book 2018

Life Book 2018

Ever After 2017

Ever After 2017

Book Of Days 2017

Book Of Days 2017

Facing Forward II

Facing Forward II

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