I am relatively new to the arena of Art Journaling.
Why it works…
An art journal is a haven to practice new techniques. You don’t have to share it with anyone if you don’t want to. It is your place to play, learn and grow your creative self. It works best if you make a commitment to show up to the pages, regularly. Within these pages, you have freedom and any theme can be explored.
I knew that I wanted to create in an art journal, but I didn’t know how to begin. There are a multitude of online art journaling classes these days. YouTube videos galore from different artists, introduce the curious to the world of art journaling. Taking a few of these classes helped me to create the above journal spread at the top of this blog page.
Sometimes, there is the sense that creating art like this is time wasted. For me, it is time found. When I steal away and take a creative moment, I find that I’m refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to tackle what is next on the never-ending to-do list. Plus, I may learn a new technique or two that I can integrate into my painting beyond the journal.
My words alone won’t convince you of the benefits found in art journaling. I invite you to try it for yourself. Below is a youtube video illustrating Ivy Newports Intuitive Painting Process. The video is three minutes long. What do you notice about her color choices, the tools that she uses to paint (i.e. a credit card, stamps, stencils, brushes) and how images emerge from the background? Are you intrigued by this process?