At the beginning of the year, I started a project in collaboration with Ana on Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkoles Estes. In this book, Dr. Estes re-interprets many fairytales using Jungian psychology and archetypes. As this is something that really interests me, I loved this idea of meshing fairy tales and archetype studies and of dedicating a whole art journal to this book.

I decided to use an A4 Moleskine that I had on hand and started making one spread per fairy tale, adding parts of the interpretation from Dr. Estes along the way. Some tales warranted many pages instead of just one.

I was so very inspired by the approach that this book had, but let me warn you it is not an easy read. The writing is sometimes repetitive and a little opaque. I didn’t click with all of the “lessons” it had to offer.

But this book inspired some very deep work for me and, strangely enough, at times it mirrored what was happening in my own life.

I was able to use images and ephemera that I had in my stash for a long time and that is always a big plus for me.

In between the spreads that deal with the book, I have a few spreads from my Rituals class. Because the lessons are done in advance, I felt like it was a good idea to revisit some of what I was teaching during the different months, but as a student this time. I loved doing that!

I invite you to take a look at my completed journal in the gallery, under “Wolf Women Art”. If any of you have wanted to explore this book in this way, I encourage you to do it. I learned so much more by integrating the “lessons” from the book in my art journal and it reminded me of Get Messy’s Season of Fairytales, one of my favorite Seasons.

You can find all of my posts on this project on Instagram under the hashtag #wolfwomenart

Find my Season of Fairytales posts by clicking on the tag.

Have you ever been inspired by a book in this way? Let me know in the comments!