Why to start with an Art Journal
Have you ever wanted to start a journal but you don't know where to start?Many people feel overwhelmed. You see all those beautiful pictures on Pinterest and Instagram, you go ahead and buy a Journal just to store it in the shelf because you don't want to mess it up.
Yep, I was this person once too.All those videos and pictures of vintage styled journals, chunky and beautiful were a dream but I never got around to get there because I was too afraid to try, to scare to mess it up and resent it.
But an Art Journal is really the most easy, most liberating way of Journal- and no, you don't need to be a pro at painting or drawing to have an Art Journal.
An Art Journal needs to be a reflection of you, of your emotions and needs to bring you happiness. And there are NO RULES. No perfection is required. You are free to use any media your inspiration guides you that day. You might draw, paint, do collage from different ephemera, cut outs from magazines or leaflets, stamps... the sky is the limit.
In my process, I use a variety of medias, ephemera and add-ons depending on my mood and the theme I'm wanting to go for. Sometimes I have an idea in mind but in the process the idea shifts. Sometimes I see a pretty paper that I want to include but then it doesn't work with the colour or the other ephemera, so everything changes.
I take my time to play with the elements. I always choose the main feature first ( the theme- it can be a symbol, something that represents a meaningful thing that happened to me recently, a quote, etc). I hand draw it/ paint it or find an image and choose a place on the page to place it. Then I decide if I need space to write my entry or if I can use a small envelope or pocket to insert it instead. From there, I really don't think much, I just go with the flow. I gather all my stash, take my time going through it, play with it on the pages and just let go.
Using an Art Journal is a mindfulness exercise. You are in the moment, you are enjoying every step, the relaxation it brings. You are there, present, choosing elements to bring your vision and emotions to life. And the end result will bring you happiness, satisfaction and the feeling that it's not as overwhelming as you first imagined.
This isolation time we are living right now is the most amazing opportunity to try this out. With so many emotions floating in our minds and hearts, putting that down on paper in a creative kind of way, it's a process of releasing those feelings and make sense of them. Now you have the time to spare to do a journal spread or two a week. Now you have the time to retrospect about you, the World around you, your feelings and what's important in your life. And there isn't nothing more beautiful and powerful than we awake our senses and use them as fuel to something new and meaningful.
Hope this article gives you the inspiration to start your Art Journal. If you would like to see how my process works, check the video below.