Sunday, August 21, 2011

Discovering Art Journaling

birdhouse art journal

I was recently talking to a friend and telling her how much I enjoyed the book, The Artist's Way.  It is a path to higher creativity through twelve weeks of projects.  People say there’s a turning point while progressing through this book, whether you’re aware of it or not.  Looking back, I see my defining moment when I went to the bookstore and picked up a magazine called Art Journaling.  I don’t know why, but I was compelled to buy it.  And it changed my artistic direction. 

If you're an artist who likes to write, I would highly suggest this magazine.  One warning about Somerset magazines: they are pricey, but that’s because of their content and layout.  So beware.

Art journaling is different for every individual.  For me, it's a way to express myself with both words and art.  I've always kept a diary of my daily activities.  Now I add color and different mediums to my journal.  Sometimes the art deals directly with what I’m writing about; others times not.  The art journal can also be used strictly for drawing and collaging, while the writing manifests itself in quotes or small expressions from the artist.  Journals are a great way to capture your own “history” ; to record where your ideas come from or to test out new products and techniques.    

Art Journal on Etsy

I decided to begin selling art journals on Etsy.  How are they different from a regular journal?  Most journals that you buy are blank - a whole page with nothing on it.  A white sheet, staring you in the face.  Maybe there’s lines on the page to help you write straight.  My art journals already have color on the pages; some have the beginnings of collage.  I’m hoping this layout encourages the journalist to include artwork with their thoughts, or to start a collage of their own, without being intimidated by a blank page.

If you are interested in art journaling, let me suggest a Ning group online, and the Inspiration Blogs I have listed on the right side on this blog.  Get a journal, start writing and use it to test out new approaches to your artwork.  Above all, have fun!


memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I can tell how much you are loving making these :)

And it's a great idea to already have color on the page. It can be intimidating to stare at a blank page!

Dita Maulani said...

I love the idea on giving colours to each page! Lovely! I would love to have the page with pastel colour one.


Pretty Pretty Swicy said...

You are on to something, and I can tell how much it means to you!

BeadedTail said...

I will have to find that magazine since I need help getting started. The idea of colors on a page is wonderful!

Kathleen said...

Looks like you are having a lot of fun with these. Nice that you are giving others a little jump start in the journals.

Jenny said...

I love art journals. I just have never done them. Maybe I will take it up someday and take my little sketching pad and colored pencils around and jot my thoughts with a beautiful riverstone border!

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