An Art Journal is like a wonderful Pride Parade for all people under the rainbow, all creatives that are willing to have an open mind towards personal creativity. It is like a virtual Love-fest Without End.
I have been keeping some kind of Art Journal for over 10 years now, and I hope I never stop. I hope my family won’t let me stop, even when I’m old and forgetful and rather just stare at the TV screen…
I hope someone will serve me a jar of water with my watercolors, turn on some good tunes and ask me what color I’m feeling like using on that day…
And then doodle along with me, in mutual understanding of what’s important in life.
Art Journaling can be made in any kind of notebook, sketchpad, altered text book or even a photo album. If you don’t know what kind of paper you like, it doesn’t really matter where you start.
I have journaled on the thinnest of papers, like the Tomoe River Paper from Japan. It is like phone book paper, for those that remember that vintage idea.
I have also journaled on thick, lush watercolour paper, like the papers I have in this Art Journal that I bound myself. It’s what I prefer most I think. But I also love working with acrylics and collage, in altered books, covering up what was there before with new colors, patterns and ideas.
Right now I’m about to finish this handbound journal with an embroidered cover, and after I have filled all the pages I will film a flip through of what’s inside it. Lots of watercolor doodles, like these hearts and other more abstract work.
Art Journal Love Fest
The journaling love-fest is about love for me, and here are a couple of things I think you can manifest / express things about inside your journal:
- words and thoughts
- personal photos and reference material
- collected imagery
- family and friends, people you admire from afar, places and home
- art materials
…and many more of course. What do you manifest most in your art journal?
Wishing you a wonderful week with lots of time to doodle, splatter paint and explore what you like and where you are – on a page in your journal.