When you maintain an art journal, you probably tend to focus on the pretty things you can put in it with inspirational quotes, butterflies, and enough glitter to choke a horse, right? We’re all guilty of it! Why make something if you don’t love it, right?
Well, imagine you’re having a particularly hard day. How are you going to make something pretty in your journal when you don’t feel pretty at the time? I suggest to you that you make something that reflects your mood. This is what art journaling is truly all about.
I’m on the east coast right now and approximately 2,500 miles from my wife and son and last night I was feeling blue. So, I took that and ran with it. I used blue watercolors on a gessoed page (only one side) and created a very mottled background, then splattered black and purple watercolor over the top of the page. On the right side, I drew with black watercolor what looked like a dead tree made out of eyelashes. The thought behind the page was making a sad, dead-looking tree that looked like it was crying. My soul was crying out for my family and I put in on paper. It doesn’t take much more than that to create a truly personal art-journal page.
The beauty of art journaling is having the ability to bare your soul on paper and mirror your emotions, mood, or tone of your journal entry using corresponding art supplies.
So, the long and the short of it is: make an ugly page when you feel ugly. That’s where true growth comes from; Realizing you are not perfect and not everything is butterflies, sunshine, and hope.
Now, go create something (ugly)!