Today I am giving you a peek inside my art journal. I hope you I can inspire you to try it too!
What Is an Art Journal?
You are probably familiar with the concept of a written journal – a book for recording thoughts, feelings, meditations, creative ideas, poems, stories, or any other text. Art journals explore all the same themes and ideas as a written journal, but by using paint, papers, collage, thread, or almost any other art material, in addition to text.
Given how much time we spend in front of a screen “virtually” living, we need a way to ground ourselves in our physical world. What better way for a creative person than with the texture and color of paper, paint, pencils, fabrics, and natural materials? Art journaling is a counterbalance. I want to hear papers rustling and crumpling and the pencil as it scratches across the page. I want feel the bumps and lines of applied paint, the jagged edge of a torn paper, and the softness of fabric sewn onto a page. I need this grounding in our sensory world, don’t you?
Why Use Art Journaling?
Through art journaling, you can:
1 – Explore a multitude of art materials in a low-pressure way. It’s a forgiving approach, if you don’t like it, you can cover it, tear it out, or move on to the next page.
2 – Express and clarify your thoughts and feelings in a cathartic way. This feels so much better than letting your troubles run through your mind on repeat! (I know you know what that’s like.)
3 – Seek insight by exploring a theme through metaphor. Want to get off the merry-go-round?
4 – Transform your pain into something beautiful.
Have you ever thought about keeping an art journal? Did any of the techniques or pages speak to you? If you already have an art journal, what’s in it? Tell us about it in the comments!
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