I both LOVE and HATE Art Journaling.
I LOVE it because it is a chance to try out new materials or techniques without the pressure of having to have a finished piece or a beautiful make. Then of course it is also a safe place to express myself without fear or judgement. But this is precisely why I HATE art journaling too.
Expressing yourself can be scary, even though there is no pressure to make something beautiful, I mean you don’t have to show it to anyone now do you? But still what if it all turns out ugly? You still have to find a way to forgive yourself for making something nasty don’t you? And yes, I know you have to let it go and there will be a lot of ugly things to work through before you get to beautiful, you are better off getting it all out of your system and purging it.
But it is still scary and difficult to do. So I am making this year my year of getting into the regular art journaling habit. I dabble, and have many pages in various forms of completion, some I’ve shown you guys, more that I haven’t.
But this year I’ve promised myself that I will get into the regular Art Journaling Habit. Of course telling you guys all about it will help won’t it? If you want to make something into a habit aren’t you supposed to tell lots of people about it so you have no real get out clause and they can hold you to account?
Ok so that is the theory, let’s see how it spans out shall we?
This page is all about colour. I was doing some colour organising onto swatch cards of some Tsukineko Memento ink pads. I was leaning on some paper and the leftover marks on the paper where too gorgeous to not use. I stuck the paper into my journal and added the black ‘Graffiti’ marks with the Tuxedo Black ink pad and the writing with a marker pen.
Last week I shared an art journal page I did for a DT make and told you a little bit about the book I’m using at the moment. The book is a repurposed flier that was actually picked up for me by David, he knows I like these types of fliers and things, isn’t he lovely to me? It is A5 and is full of some lovely pictures which will turn up in other makes I’m sure.
I haven’t done the cover yet as you can see, but I will when the time is right.
Ok, so that is more than enough from me today.
Hope you are all having a totally creative week.