As part of my journey round the color wheel this year I’m creating an art journal. It began life as a world atlas which seemed kinda fitting for an adventure like this. Old and dog-eared, it’s time had come for reincarnation as an altered book.
As the idea for this adventure sprang from a year long art journal project it seemed amiss not to include that part again this time round.
At the end of March I was looking back over the first three colors of the first three months (yellow, yellow-green, green) and remembering a time not that long back when art journalling wasn’t a part of my life.
Is it part of yours? If not, have you been curious why some folks get so giddy about it?
Here are five of my reasons
- A home for the offcuts and scraps of paper that are enough to remind me of an idea I had, a reminder of something to try again – or not to.
- A place to explore – what happens if I use this paint on this material? Do these pens work on this paper? Does this pen still work, or will it inklessly scratch marks, and how do they look?
- It’s the page I scribble notes to me-in-the-future: the name of the book or the band or the thing I just remembered, the meme that made me laugh or think or a bit confused and might want to about again. These might well get obliterated under layers, but once I’ve written something down I often remember it anyway.
- A safe zone for mess – there’s nothing precious here, it can all get covered up and that’s fine. It’s all transient. If this get drips and splashes, they add to its charm.
- Unplanned & unstructured, this is the organic way that most of my art grows. Every page in a book like this can spark hundreds of ideas.
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One thought on “5 reasons I art journal”
So into #3 – explore ideas that come up NOW maybe later. 😀 I have a little journal just for that. It’s fun to see what I thought was a good idea 2-3 years ago and so doesn’t make too much sense today. A sign we are growing in our art appreciation and skill. Thanks for the inspiration.
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