If you’re religious about keeping an art journal, or carry around a notebook… you know exactly what I”m talking about. If you don’t, well… you’re probably thinking about those “Dear Diary” entries you used to write back in middle school, or maybe you’ve seen some beautiful art journals and you’re thinking they’re just for “artists”.
But that is totally not the case.
I’m sure you’ve heard others talk about journals, probably saw some pics on flickr, and maybe even seen some classes about it too. So what’s all the hype about? Because it works. Journaling works. It keeps your creativity flowing, sets you free, gives you a place to be yourself and create without fear. It energizes you, inspires you. You’re not worrying about ruining a canvas, or disappointing a customer, or loosing sales.
You just get to play.
Don’t think that journaling is just for “artists”. It doesn’t have to be all about mixed media or painting if you don’t want it to. Journaling is for everyone… doctors, writers, mothers, painters, bakers, you name it.
You can do anything with your journal. Do you have ideas? Do you have dreams? Do you want to be more creative? Why would you want to loose all of those wonderful insights and ideas you get everyday? Write them down! Sketch those stunning views you see. If you hear an inspiring quote, record it and doodle around it… you get the idea.
And nevermind all of those magnificent art journal pages you see all over the net. Pay no mind. You know why they’re so good? Because they’ve been doing this for years. It will take quite some time for you to get as good as them (and you will if you keep at it).
It’s not a beauty contest like they make it out to be. Journaling is about practice, growth, exploration. This journal is for YOU and you only. You don’t need to share it with the world. You may not even be proud of the first few hundred pages, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that you keep doing it. Keep writing, keep sketching, keep painting, keep PLAYING. It’s your free ticket to experiment, record your inspirations, test out new mediums, or learn new techniques. Do it for yourself as the audience.
Think of it like your creativity records.
So are you ready to give it a try? Journaling can free your creativity, and get you into the flow. And what’s more, is that when you get stuck for ideas on a project, all you have to do is flip through one of your journals. It’s like a customized inspiration book just for you.
If you already journal, what tips can you give to those who are just starting out?
If you have yet to start, what’s stopping you? Leave a comment below!
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