I have recently discovered something I am trying to do… Art Journaling. I love the idea, but I don’t think I interpret it the same as true journal artists, but then again, it is not about “the outcome” but about the “creative process” as explained by Daisy Yellow in her Art Journaling 101 post. In a way, a blog is an “art journal” but it is in electronic form. A blog author writes their thoughts and illustrates with digital photos either produced by themselves or found on the internet. These days I am more into actually putting pen to paper and recording thoughts or ideas instead of producing them electronically.
I recently joined an Art Journal Swap group on Facebook, hosted by Penpalling & Letters. We start out by creating our journal, then decorate a few pages, then pass it on to the next person on the list. You receive a journal from someone else, you decorate as much as you like, then pass it on again. It will continue until everyone on the list has had a chance to decorate pages in everyone’s journal.
Aisling D’Art says that “An art journal can be a record of your daily thoughts, a travel journal, an exercise or diet diary, a dream journal, a place where you jot down your goals or to-do lists, or… well, almost any record that you’d like to keep in a book or notebook.” So far, I haven’t allowed myself to record my daily thoughts. The pages I created have been more about myself in thoughts and phrases, rather than thoughts of other things.
I made a small journal, about 4″ x 5″, and I used different colored card stock for the pages and a foam sheet for the cover.
I used phrases such as “Southern”, “Tradition”, “Manners” to describe where I live… in the South.
Other phrases “Hospitality”, “Grace”, and “Charm”; then illustrated with embellishments.
I forwarded it to the next person on the list. I posted photos on the group of my journal, and several members of the group posted that they liked it. So far, I am the only one who has posted pics of their journal.
I am a creature of habit, I like things in order, in their proper place and a “place for my stuff”. I have to retrain my thought process in order for me to feel like I am going to successfully start this project. The artist at Journal Junk says “You don’t need a class to Art Journal. It’s a book in which you put yourself in. There are no rules. Just do it. You will find your way.” One day I am going to surprise myself and just splat something on a page, and it will probably be the best thing I have ever done.
A week ago, I received the 1st journal I am to decorate. Her book is 8-1/2″ x 11″ and at first I was overwhelmed at these blank pages to fill. She didn’t fill any except to write a note on the first page to decorate with information about the person and where they live. I find myself doing the same thing, again. This is the start of the first page I am decorating. I haven’t glued anything down yet. It has taken me all day to put this together. I am going to wait until tomorrow to glue it all down, just in case I come up with something different overnight. I wanted to share my love of family and my heritage, along with a sample of my poetry about my children.
My other thoughts for other pages are using postcards from the town where I live. Unfortunately, we are not rich in history, or have big tourist attractions here. About the only thing important I could say about current affairs is I live in the same hometown as the former Governor of Georgia, Sonny Perdue. I don’t really have a great love of my “hometown” other than this is where I live and where I grew up, and my family is here.
For my 3rd page, I doodled a picture one night in pen.
And, wouldn’t you know… my 7 year old picked it up and painted it, in fact, she painted it several times in different colors. I won’t post all the pics here, but her last one was the best in my opinion. She may be putting me to shame. She painted it freehand, without using a copy of my picture to paint.
I posted this doodle on my Facebook page and commented that I was afraid to paint it in the Art Journal. One of my friends asked “why”? Because I’m a big chicken, that’s why. LOL. No, seriously, I am, I am so afraid of setting something down in stone and then feeling like I messed it up. Obviously, my daughter doesn’t have those apprehensions at all. She can create at the drop of a hat.
I can only aspire to expand my art to share my thoughts and dreams in a more free way, such as shown on this Art Journaling Tumbler page here or here. Both examples are total opposites of each other. Karen Stockham, a licensed family therapist, states that “Allowing for self-discovery triggers emotional catharsis. Gaining a sense of empowerment and a bit more control as you heal is essential. Art journaling is a gentle, safe and private way to let it all out. Through this process you can vent spontaneously, creatively and lead yourself to some therapeutic relief.” I am so in need of a way to release stress and frustration.
I will keep you updated on my progress of my “art journaling”.