If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path. Joseph Campbell

Art journal peek time again. Here you go, a really fat mail dove flying in, landing on my page and going about his business. Not considering much, as doves often do.

Letter Dove on the way by iHanna of www.ihanna.nu

I love the mix that my art journal pages are, but sometimes I wish they were a bit “cleaner”. And what I mean by that is that I sometimes wish one journal was only my work: my doodles, sketches and drawings – no images pasted in from other sources, no collaged images, postcards or other influences.

Though every time I start a new journal I “mix it up” again. Mixed media is fun, and the no rule-approach where everything creative is allowed have saved me from abandoning many a book.

Peek into iHanna's Art Journal: Gudrun Sjödén and My Dove from the side by iHanna of www.ihanna.nu

Am I longing for something more like a “real sketchbook” all of a sudden? I’m not sure just yet, but I think the next notebook I bind myself I will try only using plain white paper in, instead of mixing it up with calendar pages with other’s images and envelopes where I usually end up making collages. Maybe it will become something else, a new (to me) kind of Art Journal?

Peek into iHanna's Art Journal: Gudrun Sjödén and My Dove by iHanna of www.ihanna.nu

I was very inspired by the left page, though it’s not my watercolor flowers. It’s a page from a calendar that I used as a page when binding this journal. The right page is a mix of lettering, collage and my own doodles and the dove drawing. I think it all works together, but maybe I am considering a “paint only” journal next…

What works best for you? Do you have separate books for separate things and working in multiple books at the same time? Or do you make “my kind” of Art Journal Pages where everything fits in?