Art Journaling 102: “I Don’t Have Anything to Journal About” Myth-Buster Prompt #9

Welcome to our I Don’t Have Anything to Journal About” Myth-Buster Prompt #9 by Tangie!



High by tarotastic, on Flickr

Prompt: If you joined the circus, what act would you most want to perform?

Journal your thoughts and upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up in the comments of this blog post.

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

The circus can be a dazzling and magical place, especially to children. And then there are those young and not-so-young adults that dreamt of running away to join the circus. Imagine for a moment that it was a requirement to graduate high school to join the circus for a year, and you are still a young adult. What skills would you want to learn in the circus? How would you want to entertain the audience? What will you name your circus?

Here’s a helpful list of Circus Skills from Wikipedia:

List of Sideshow Acts:



Click to see this awesome circus video:

Russian-Bar Acrobatic (SD)



Confession: I own a circus pet

Yes, it’s true. I own a circus pet. Sort of. Bichon Frises were used in circuses in the 1800′s because of it’s “intelligence and amazing ability to learn complex routines.”  (The Humble Start of a Once Circus Dog)

The Bichon Frise was originally bred in the 1400′s as a companion dog for royalty in Spain and France. It is descended from the Water-Spaniel. In the 1800′s, the Bichon Frise was used in circuses and by organ grinders. Source


“The first Bichon Frise was brought to the United States in 1956,” according to The Humble Start of a Once Circus Dog. I adopted my dog in 2010, and he is every bit the wonderful companion dog, cheerful and happy, lively and intelligent, as is common for its’ breed. Here is a photo of him, as he loves to go for car rides.

I have to admit though that I haven’t tried training him for any circus acts!

My Dog: Friday




Circus Smirkus

Circus Smirkus by hbp_pix, on Flickr


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b IMG_1992 by hbp_pix, on Flickr


Circus Smirkus - On Fabric

Circus Smirkus - On Fabric by hbp_pix, on Flickr


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c IMG_2733 by hbp_pix, on Flickr


Ringling Brothers Circus

Ringling Brothers Circus by Bob n Renee, on Flickr


Inspiration for “I Don’t Have Anything to Journal About” Myth-Buster Prompt #7

Valentina aka zotova





If you joined the circus, what act would you most want to perform?
To forbid performance of animals in circus and to give them freedom!
Circus without wild animals!
Wild animals should be free!


Julie Ann

I was surprised to see how similar my journaling was to Valentina’s page above! Although I suppose for anyone with a love for animals, it’s not that far of a stretch to want the best for them!!!

Journaling: If I were to join the circus, I thought I’d like to work with training the elephants. I thought how beautiful it would be to work with such awesome creatures. My cousin and I were able to ride elephants somewhere in Ohio when we were no more than five years old, a very cool experience.

Then I did some reading and found out about the horrible abuse that elephants endure while being trained for circus acts. In response to a growing popular concern about the use of any animals in entertainment, animal-free circuses are becoming more coomon around the world according to Wikipedia.



Brush: Inktastic 2
Paint: Darkroom
Puffy Paint, Circus Flags: AJC Parcel 10
Gesso: Gesso Messy 7
Alpha, Elephant, Clown, Paper, Rhinestone, Splatter: Cirque Joy
Circus Word Art: Circus Stamps by Christina Renee
Dogs: Circus Peeps by Christina Renee

Now it’s your turn! Let’s see your circus pages!

Journal your thoughts and upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up in the comments of this blog post.

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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