My visual style is spilling into my diary; my writing book. It’s a good thing, and it excites me. It’s like I can’t believe what I see when I look back a couple of weeks. Did I fill this book like that? Where does this rabbit come from? It’s still mainly my handwriting all over the pages, mostly in straight lines from top to bottom. But sometimes before I go to sleep I “prep” a page, like this:
Other times I make a collage on a whole spread. They are very different from anything I’ve made on loose papers or in my Art Journal. I find this fact fascinating. That the “form” guides us when we create. Have you noticed? Do your art look different when you do it on a canvas for example? It’s like the size of the pages and the structure, how big the notebook is and how it’s bound matters to what I create in there! It will reveal a new way of making a collage or writing the text. Noticing this I understand how important it is the constantly be challenged when you create. Sit in different places. Write with different pens. Change the format of your art. Never go stale!
A spread I made after a visit with my friend E to the National Museum in Stockholm last month. We saw three different exhibtions, I fell in love with Anders Jakobsen’s incredible big and cool lamp and had such a fantastic time while filling the well.
This is a blog post that I printed and glued into my diary. It’s about change and written by Heather Goldsmith on her blog A Creative Journal, a blog entirely dedicated to journal writing and diary keeping! I recommend you to subscribe to her blog if you have a diary, she digs up a lot of interesting news as well as serving writing prompts, thoughts on journal writing and links. I would love to find similar blogs, because writing is something that I’m really into and have been for my entire life. Let me know if you know of anyone else writing specifically about diary or journal writing.
I’ve recently made a revision of my diary book A Creative Year and ordered my copy from Lulu.com. I hope I’ve eliminated a few more spelling errors and not created any new blurbs! I hope I now can leave it alone too, it’s so hard to “let go” and feel finished even now! At the same time when I bought my own book I also bought the first two issues of the art zine Pasticcio. Too bad I didn’t know the 3rd issue was coming out or I would’ve waited and ordered that too!
Do you keep a written diary? What do you write in it, and how often? Maybe we should create a diary club?