First Things First…
What is Art Journaling?
Whenever I tell people that I have started a new adventure in Art Journaling the question always comes up…“What is Art Journaling?”
I like the definition on my home page just under my picture that you have no doubt read, but here is another way to explain it.
Art Journal n. Is a small or large book with a hard or soft cover, purchased or home-made with medium to heavy weight blank pages, for the purpose of the daily recording of personal events and emotions.
Art Journaling v. Is when the capturing of written thoughts and emotions are married/merged with the presence or absence of colour in the form of paint, pencil crayons or pastels in a book format. It is a book to be kept secret or shared depending on the comfort level of its owner. There is no required experience level with regards to writing abilities or artistic talent. It is a place like that tiny diary with a key lock you had when you were a kid. 1 word or 500 words – a stick figure or the Mona Lisa…anything goes!!
Why would anyone want to do Art Journaling?
Think about when you were a kid and got to colour wildly with crayons
or finger paint until your fingers hurt or the paint turned into a lovely to brown colour, whichever came first. We created art back then without knowing we were creating art. We did it with reckless abandon and it was fun because there were no rules. Art Journaling spirits us away from a very complex time in our lives as adults, and takes us back to that simpler time when were kids. It feels good and that is why we want to do it.
Why do I use an Art Journal as a method of expression?
My jobs over the years have been great, but less than creative and I find I need that artist outlet on a regular basis. An Art Journal is something I can take with me anywhere I go. To the coffee shop, the doctor’s office, waiting for kids to finish lessons. Many cool conversations and opportunities have sprung from people asking me what I am doing.
8 reasons why I work in an Art Journal
- It is quick – you can have art in seconds, minutes or hours depending on how much time you have to devote to it.
- It is a way for me to work out issues weighing on my mind.
- It is a place for me to document things that are happening to me or members of my family – current events
- It is a place for me to sketch and work out compositions for other larger works of art
- It is a place to document my favourite lyrics or quotes
- It is a place where I can express my feelings
- It is a place where I can make mistakes and fix them only if I feel like it
- It is an insightful look into what was going on for me at certain times in my life – a legacy for my children.
Now, why don’t you share with me some of the reasons that you use an art journal?
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