Art Journaling 101 – Why Art Journal?

For many, art journaling is more than just putting color and words to paper. I have found art journaling to be a very spiritual practice, and it’s something that I hold close to heart in my life; so I wanted to share with you a short, fun video which sums up why I art journal and why I believe you should too… 

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I believe that art journaling is the number one way to set your creative spirit free. It allows you to express yourself and experiment with your creativity in a personal, safe environment where no rules exist.

Once you get past the initial fear of the blank book staring back at you (yes, I will be covering that in a later post!) you will be able to spill open and create with such freedom that it allows you to find the clarity and self awareness you didn’t even know you were searching for.

It helps you to exercise your creative muscles without fear of ruining a canvas or other expensive mediums you may work with. Just like any other muscle, if you don’t use it often, it will get weak. Art journaling allows you to experiment and practice with your creativity in a way that never inhibits you. It gives you permission to play and make mistakes. It is such an inexpensive, quick activity that it becomes the perfect tool for keeping your creativity flowing.   

And as I’ve said before, art journaling for me is like a meditative practice; as I’m sure it is for many others as well. I get lost in it, completely engrossed in it. In a way, journaling makes time stand still. It stops your “monkey mind” and forces you to focus on what you’re doing. It’s an amazing experience to get lost in. 

Over the past few months, art journaling has become more and more an important part of my life. I have found it to be the only dedicated ME time that I can muster up, and it has become essential to my happiness in this busy bustling life! 


Why do you art journal (or want to)? Please share it with us in the comments.




 
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Resources:
My video was inspired by Junelle’s “Why Art Journal?” video
This “Creative Journaling” video is also amazingly inspiring!
 
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    • I never really art journaled before. I think it’s time I start!

    • Karin Hofvander

      I have always drawn and written, ever since I was a little girl.
      For many years I have been reading art books, flipped back and forth through books at the library. Dreamed to be able to get the pictures that I have inside me out on a paper. The Internet opened a larger “bank” of information and knowledge. And finally I found out to what is called Art Journals.
      For me, an Art Journal also become the meditative moment where I melt all that I have taken in with my senses and also upload my batteries: I feel elated after having drawn / painted and written a while in my Art Journal.
      It’s pure magic! :D :D

    • Oh my, oh my! I’m doing it right as I’m reading this post! I mean, I stop, read a few lines, get back to my journal! Wowwwm, one of my many! I’m jurnaling ever since I was 14, so that’s a long time. Of course, I was jornaling most of the time, but not art journaling, more like a mixed media journal without acrylics or any paints at all: just my words and some photos from mags or maybe my photos,,,,but recently I just rediscovered how beautiful is to lose and loose yourself into art! I just enter Pinterest every day and I love to get inspired by so many art journals out there! Some are not so perfect, like I believe mine it isn’t, but some are out-gorgeous beautiful! ;) I never get bored of creating and drawing things….even if they are not perfect! They don’t have to be, I’ve realized they don’t have to….such a release!
      I’m going back to journaling stuff….stuff I have in my head, stuff I see every day, etc. YOU keep blogging, I try to post as often as possible, but sometimes I only have time to journal, and so little for posting and writing about the process.

      Love you, many hugs,
      Cristina
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    • Tonya

      Life is full of judgement, from how good dinner was, how you look, how you parent, how much money you have……my art journal is the one place that there is no judgement. I am free in that one special place. Free to be just me.

    • josie

      It is great. It is inspiring for my writing club. I love
      to write how grateful I am for things happening in my life.
      I am truly surprise how interesting my life is. It is not
      boring anymore. I also use it to know my self and to stimulate
      my intuition. And at the end of the day, I hope to leave
      my daughter something of value, who can not be bought with
      money, when one day I will leave this planet.

      Josie

    • Joan

      I’m not an artist, nor have the patience to be a writer. But there are thoughts I want to capture and be creative about it. I believe art journaling offers me that opportunity.

    • I art journal, because work is getting dysfunctional and demanding due to Epic computer training, extra hours are taking away my support group time, art journaling in a take along box enables me to do it where ever I find 10 free min to help me keep my sanity, because in this season of my life, I happen to work with a lot of dysfunctional women who are not aware of it, at least I know mine, and I don’t want to add mine to theirs….art journaling keeps me sane and happy in a work world of lost unhappy nasty people.

    • For me . . . art journaling makes me feel like a kid again . . . FREE and without all the responsibilities of adulthood . . . it is an absolute pleasure . . . playtime all over again. I find it very absorbing and completely surprising. I never have a fixed idea of how the page will turn out and each page is so different. I am LOVING this adventure.

      Thank you for your inspiration. xxx

    • I want to ao art journaling to build a regular creative practice in addition to studio time :)
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    • I agree our art journals is a safe place for all the reason you have mentioned, which in this world, is hard to get any other way. My art journal has allowed me to deeply touch places in my soul I never had access to. Thanks for your wonderful Art Journaling 101, it’s great!

    • Thanks for your Art Journaling 101, it’s fabulous! My art journal has allowed me to deeply touch places in my soul that I never had access to. Art Journaling is everything you said and more!

    • I have been art journaling for a while, however I am primarily a textile artist. Art journaling allows me to play and explore ideas and themes that are outside my current work and gives me a personal space where my art can develop and sometimes even inform my fibre work

    • Elsie

      I see Art Journaling as a natural, creative, artistic extension of my over-fifteen-year Artist Way practice (Julia Cameron) and my use of the intuitive process in my painting, drawing and Zentangle art. It is a safe place to explore feelings, try out materials and express in symbolic ways what cannot be expressed as well in words. Also, it is just FUN!!!!!!!

    • Emily

      I art journal because it has been almost therapeutic to me. I do it because its a way to express my emotions in a free, safe and positive way. When I journal I can let go, create and imagine with no one to hold me back, becuase I can proudly call my work my own. Not only is it a form of expression its a coping mechanism for me when I get stressed and speding time each day on it has literally pulled me through a lot of tough situations.

    • Andrya

      Hi

      I think this is the first time I am consious about what art jornaling is and I love it.
      I usually have ideas which I can’t work on inmediately so I know my journals will store well my ideas.

      Thank you for sharing and inspiring others

    • kim b

      That video sums it up completely. I am starting this year and trying and I need to do it, to journal it. I LOVE THE VIDEO!!!! Love it!!! Thank you!

    • Vicki

      I have been doing so form or creativity for year but never an Art Journal!! I am now about to start one, thanks to you. You have made it less frightening and given me permission to not paint pretty pictures. lol This was inspiring and I am signed up for the Art Journal 101. Thanks again for your wonderful words as well as your art. God Bless you.

    • Jeanne G

      Am a newbie but am loving combining all the artistic attempts which I’ve made over the past several years – none of them very good; am loving playing with new things like spray inks, etc. It’s just plain fun!

    • Joan

      I art journal for many reasons: memory aide, play, fun, to know myself better, to create an awareness

    • I am still trembling a little at the prospect of art journaling. At 55, I am just discovering that there is an artist within me. I am hoping that art journaling will help me to discover her thumbprint.

    • Mary

      Would love it if you would tell us what the wonderful music track is that you have with this video and who the artist is.

    • Kirsty

      I know once I start I won’t be able to stop .. it is just starting. I love these tutorials and inspirations they are so helpful!

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