Why should I art journal? I’ve been thinking a lot about this question lately since my first art journaling class is quickly approaching.
Let me start by telling you that I’ve never been a journaler. I have always wanted to journal, but have never been disciplined enough to write in one every single day. Besides, I know I’ll never go back and read what I wrote after I did. I lived it. Why should I read something about which I lived through and then wrote about?
Enter art journaling. Art journaling is everything journaling is not. It’s a way of expressing your moods, feelings, emotions, dreams, goals, and desires in a way that can be completely obvious to someone who is looking at your art journal or it could be completely disguised and have meaning for you only. Some of my pages have some very personal meaning to me but would never mean anything to someone who picked up my journal and started flipping through it. It’s a way of locking your emotions in a journal that anyone can flip through without ever breaking the lock unless you give them the key.
My art journal is also more than a place for me to put my emotions on paper. It’s something I can use to try a new product or technique without fear of it not turning out right. My art journal is my playground. There’s only one rule in art journaling: there are no rules. Rules are for scrapbook pages and wall art and other media that requires perfection. My art journal does not require perfection. It only requires honesty.
So, after all of my constant blathering about how much I love art journaling, I will digress to the original question: Why should I art journal? The answer is you should art journal to free yourself from the rules of your current art. You should art journal to express your emotions in a way you’ll never forget. You should art journal to experiment with new techniques. You should art journal to grow as an artist.
You are an artist. That’s a hard one to wrap your head around, right? You’re here reading this because you are either a srapbooker, a mixed media artist, a journaler, or a curious novice. All of these things make you an artist. When you create something, be it God-awful ugly or stunningly beautiful, you are an artist. Van Gogh didn’t start with Starry Night. There were years of sketches and paintings that led him to create Starry Night. You are on your way to creating your Starry Night. Art journaling is the method by which you can grow and experiment to help you further your journey to art journaling.
I hope to see all of you in one of my classes one day, but if I don’t, I hope to inspire you to start art journaling. Stay tuned. Imperfect Impulses is just getting going!