Although it has been awhile since I shared any art journal photos, I have been fitting in as much time as I can to do more. It seems that the more I do, the more creative I feel. I like the feeling. I’ve realized that it is okay to go in bits and pieces. It’s okay to do a bit here and a bit there. I’ve done 4 of these pages in July. I’m on a roll.
This one has a background of torn tissue paper, that I covered with a layer of acrylic over tape that I pulled off.
In this one I challenged myself to do a layout without using any glued images at all. I’m proud of this, as it is outside my comfort level.
This one came together quickly. The background is oil pastel, which I discovered is hard to write over top of.
I did this one on a day where I was feeling down and less than.
The quote is “All we can do is be authentically ourselves.”
This is the quick page I did for mother’s day.
I did this one spur of the moment when I just had a few minutes. I like how I explored a bit with lettering.
Those above were all done in my small art journal. This last page I did on my big 12×12 scrapbook paper. I like sometimes to find art to go with the background. In this one I added journaling directly to the page, which I like. I will be trying that again.
Although I’ve been journaling most of my life, I’ve only been using an art journal for approximately a year. As i’m not good at drawing or painting or anything of the sort, it took me a few years to work up the courage to art journal at all. After many, many videos on youtube that left me both inspired and disheartened, I decided I would stop watching the videos and just do what felt right to me.
For the most part I art journal in what I call a collage style. This is where my comfort lies as years ago I did many collages as a way to work through child abuse I suffered as a child. I think maybe in a way they were a type of art journal, though not bound. Just loose pages.
It was wanting to find some new ideas that had me reluctantly browsing Youtube once more this week. No matter how I try I will never be able to draw. It’s my hands. They shake all the time. This leaves me simply unable to finely control a pencil enough to draw straight lines, or much of any line with precision. I’ve accepted it. It is what it is.
But this time I found something inspiring. It came from Kristal Norton. In one video she says to make art journaling my own. To NOT try to copy what others do. I NEEDED to hear that. I needed someone to tell me it’s okay to make it my own. To see what others do yes, but then to try it my own way.
What a great message, that I think all art journalers need to hear sometimes. It’s okay if your pages never resemble those you see online. More than okay it’s good. It’s okay if you can’t draw or if you don’t have the money for all the supplies other people have. Use what you have, do what frees you.
That is what art journaling is about- the process, not copying others, or trying to be like others. Be yourself.