Time to Get Real – What’s Stopping you from Starting an Art Journal Today?

So many women have come to me saying they feel the pull towards art journaling, but they’re waiting until things settle down. Or until they can save up for some supplies. Or until they can heal their bodies. Or until their kids grow older. Or until… whatever the excuse may be.

But ya know what? Art journaling doesn’t require any of those things.

Think you need a ton of supplies?

How about making a journal out of a few paper bags and some markers? Or cereal boxes and craft paint? Or how about an old book? One of my favorite ways to journal is with a $1 composition notebook and crayons.

Just because the majority of art journals you see online are covered in high quality paint, gesso, glue, glitter, and the works; doesn’t mean yours has to.

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Short on time or always busy with the kids?

I’ve been known to make messes along side my daughter, or limit my journaling to just 10 minutes a day. (It’s totally do-able! And I share that process in my e-course Roots.)

When it comes down to it, if it were a matter of life or death, I’m sure you’d be able to muster up a few minutes of your time. So perhaps the real issue is accepting the importance of art journaling or time to yourself. You can hear my thoughts on this and other tips on making time for art journaling here.

image by gina sekelsky
image by gina sekelsky

Struggling with your health?

I know this is a toughy. (And I can’t really speak from experience.) But there are many journal artists who create in bed or on the couch when they’re limited or in pain. Samie Harding shares some tips here on what she dubs “couch-art”.

image by samie harding
image by samie harding

I think the key here is to just keep it simple. You might be limited, but studies have shown that putting limitations on your creative projects actually increases your creativity! So if you have one working hand, you can do this. (Heck, you don’t even need hands!)

In fact, everything you need is already within you. (More on that HERE.)

And as the saying goes… where there’s a will, there’s a way.

So, dig deeper.

What’s the real excuse here?

What's holding you back?

Could it be fear? Fear of failure or that you’re not good enough? If you listened to my story, you’ll know that’s totally what happened to me when I fell in love with the idea of art journaling. I spent over a year watching youtube videos and flipping through pages of magazines, learning techniques I would never try.

It paralyzed me with fear. Fear that I wasn’t worthy of doing it myself. That I would fail, and never be able to create such beautiful work as they could.

Long story short, it wasn’t until I was able to move past these fears, put the focus back on myself, and start having fun that I was finally able to develop a fulfilling art journaling practice.

I’ve shared many tips in the past about how to overcome these fears. But the very first, most important step in moving past any fear is to simply acknowledge the fear and show yourself some compassion.

Start by being honest with yourself.

What is your fear? What’s holding you back from starting an art journal today?

Take a moment right now to practice courage and share your answer in the comments below.

And remember… these fears? Are simply that. A feeling that you can work through. (You’ve got this!) And that feeling of not being good enough? Is totally wrong. You are good enough, because you are whole. In fact, you are full of infinite possibilities.

Art Journaling ROOTS e-courseStill feeling stuck in starting that art journal? Why not delve into it with a supportive community and me as your guide. In my 6-week online e-course ROOTS, you’ll develop your own transformative art journaling practice as we let go of comparison and open ourselves up for self-exploration. Check out the information page HERE.

How I Found Freedom in my Art Journal

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I believe in sharing our stories because they can be so powerful in helping others see parts of themselves in them. Which is why I decided to share my own story in how I came to develop my transformative art journaling practice. I know you'll be able to relate to at least one part of my journey; and my hope is that my story will inspire you to find your own path in art journaling instead of getting stuck comparing yourself to others.

Hear my story, then share yours below. Where are you in your own journey? Have you found yourself stuck in a similar research trap? Or perhaps you've started already but aren't so happy with your results.

Tell us your story in the comments below. I can't wait to hear it, and you never know who else will benefit from what you have to share.

Learn more about art journaling
with my introductory e-course
Art Journaling 101”.


Art Journaling Doesn’t Have to be So Hard

We tend to over complicate things… especially when we want to learn something new. We compare our work with others’ masterpieces and quickly feel disillusioned.

Our over-achieving, critical side kicks in, telling us we have to buy the best art materials and write down perfect, inspirational phrases in our journal.

We squash the fun-loving, curious part of ourselves that just wants to create and play with child-like freedom. The part of us that laughs, splashing paint on the page.

Art journaling doesn't have to be so hard

There’s no real need to over-think.

Art journaling can be as simple as giving yourself the freedom to unload your feelings, to fully express yourself.

You don’t need to master the arts to enjoy and benefit from art journaling.

Imagine using your journal as a daily practice of learning to let go.

Imagine releasing the need to compare yourself to others.

Imagine embracing your inner artist and being kind to her, rejoicing in your creative process, without worrying about the end product.


Do it for yourself.

And just begin where you are with what you have today.

Why make it more complicated than that?

It May All Just Be an Illusion

I either have a very important wake up call for you… or you’re just going to think I’m crazy. Your artistic experience may all just be an illusion. What the heck am I talking about? Watch the video to find out.

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I really hope you take my advice, and not move on to learning the next technique until you’ve tried or nearly perfected the first. Implement what you learn as you go! Don’t get caught up in the “research” time warp as I have.

Have you experienced something similar? Or have I created a record for being stuck in “research” mode for over a year? Please let me know by leaving a comment below. And don’t forget to share with us what you’ll be implementing today!

My Personal Muse

I know as a creative soul, you have many obstacles to face, and sometimes its hard to follow your muse. So today, I offer a peek inside my personal muse and my struggle to listen to it. You are not alone in your struggles to create; whether its time, fear, guilt, or simply lack of focus. So lets swap stories. Watch today’s video to hear my story, then please comment below to share yours.

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BONUS! I’m offering five totally free, one-on-one one hour sessions with me to help you break down those obstacles so you can get back to doing what you love, or simply do it better. For your chance to win, share with me (either by email or commenting below) what your muse is calling you to do, and what inner struggles you are facing to follow it. Be sure to let me know in your post that you want to be entered in this special giveaway (you can simply write “please enter me”). The five lucky winners will be chosen at random next Tuesday (April 17, 2012). Good luck!