Art Journal

An Extra Spoon

Art journals and spoons go hand in hand, yes? Well, they do for me. I suffer from a chronic illness, often referred to as an invisible illness, and folks like me are often referred to as ‘spoonies‘. Urban Dictionary defines a spoonie as:

A person living with chronic illness, that identifies with Christine Miserandino’s Spoon Theory.

Spoonies are people that live with chronic illness; theoretically measuring personal daily abilities much as one would measure the proper amount of spoons needed for an event or occasion… sometimes having an abundance, other times coming up short.

Which sums it up fairly well really. Some time you have all the energy/spoons that you could need to get through the day, and other days there just isn’t enough spoons in the world. This journal came about as a result of one of those days when I fell short. An extra spoon would have come in handy!

Melita Bloomer - An Extra Spoon

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Materials: small Dylusions journal, Decoart Crafters acrylic paints, Sharpie paint pen, Archival Ink in Jet Black.

If you’re a spoonie like me, I wish you all the spoons in the world today, and tomorrow.

Happy arting!



13 thoughts on “An Extra Spoon

  1. Your page is wonderful and I really like the message behind it. I think spoons is an apt metaphor. I don’t have any medical conditions but even then I often come up a few spoons short. It must be very debilitating to live with a chronic condition. I do hope creativity is a balm to you that tops up your spoonfuls.

  2. I am. So thank you! I hadn’t thought of it in terms of spoons before. I have enough at the moment but autumn is usually a v bad time and I’m going to remember this. You made me smile :) Love your page too. Wishing you lots and lots of spoons.

  3. You’re explanation helps me understand better. I feel much empathy for you as there have been many days I felt I didn’t have enough spoons but have always been relatively healthy until having breast cancer out of nowhere 5 years back (survived that ;)) and then late last year back problems resulting in a painful leg that causes me to be less mobile than I used to. I’m ever thankful for artists like you and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer that inspire and delight. You’re creativity through the illness and warm words warm my heart. Thank you so much for the beauty, inspiration, creativity and soul – I love your work and your soul

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