It’s so easy to get lost in the glamour of the art journaling world, browsing through blogs, watching YouTube videos, flipping through gorgeous magazines, and buying the latest products… that we forget what art journaling is really all about.
Art journaling has a deeper purpose. It’s not about the supplies you use or the techniques you learn…
It’s about the connection you make with yourself through the process of journaling.
It’s about growth, trust, and self-compassion.
It’s about exploring and finding your own path.
It’s about opening up for self-exploration.
It’s about believing in yourself.
Are you ready to make that shift in focus and give up comparing your journal pages to others’ so that you may discover your own style?
Press pause on those YouTube videos, hit cancel on that shopping cart, and open up your journal right now!
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And you are soooo right!! I can get so caught up in that and start comparing my work to others…but then I am like…WAIT! This is MY art journal!! It is where I find MYSELF and express MYSELF!! Thanks for your words and generosity!!!
I have to agree…I have a page in my journal that I’m really don’t like but it expresses how I was feeling at the time so I choose not to paint over it. I’m going to just leave it and move on with my process! Nice post!
Max Arthur says
I agree. Art journaling is bigger and deeper than that.
i agree that journaling is awesome because some times i can just my ideas out onto a piece of paper which i think personaly is great why well because all of my ideas are out of my head and new ideas can POP inside
Cody Doll says
Repeat of what I sent in email: How very true this email is. Only by doing can we know. Thanks!
Thanks for the reminder. I think you are absolutely right. Its deeper than we think. Thanks for all you do. Blessings. Cheryl
Susan Carol says
Thank you, Kristal. I so needed to hear this today. I’ve been concentrating on the ‘arty’ doing and buying and watching, doing pages without much journaling. Today after reading this I completed two pages with lots of journaling and I felt so much better afterwards :)
Well said. I use mixed media art journaling to re-connect with my watercolours when I feel uninspired. For me it is a loosening up tool to find my creativity again. As you say nothing to do with supplies and comparison. Perhaps art journaling has become a big commercial venture by some and the “essence” of the original idea is getting lost on the internet.