Reasons to Keep an Art Journal
As I’m sure you know (if you’re a regular reader), I love getting out my art journal and spending some time trying out new techniques and jotting down some thoughts. It’s definitely something I love doing.
It may not be for everyone, but if you’re thinking about starting an art journal, here are a few reasons why I like to art journal and why you might enjoy it:
First, what is an art journal exactly?
Well, I think it is whatever you make it. It’s up to the artist who is making it. However, basically it’s a journal where you combine words, thoughts, quotes etc with art. That can be painting, doodling, cut up magazine pages, whatever your style is.
For me, It’s a place to turn my feelings into art. To explore different mediums or techniques without fear of “failing” (because it’s hidden away in a journal), and a place to document quotes that really speak to me.
I have been art journaling since 2014, and my style and techniques that I use in my journal are forever changing. The pages in this blog post range 8 years!
Why should you keep one? Whether you consider yourself an artist or not, an art journal can be a fun way to document your life.
It keeps you creative. If you make it a goal to play in your art journal every day, once a week, or even just once a month, you’re making a creative habit. It will make you think of new ways to document your life or turning your feelings into art.
It documents your life. I’m not great at keeping a regular written journal. I feel a bit awkward, like, “who am I writing to?“. But when I combine my words with a bit of paint that awkwardness goes away and I’m able to document my day, my feelings, etc.
Should you share your pages online? If you want. It’s certainly not a rule (there are no rules!). I do share most of mine, because I like to, but I don’t always share. If it’s a page where I wrote down something I don’t want to share, I just don’t post a picture.
Another way to hide something you don’t want to share is to use a photo editing software and to blur out your journaling. Then you can share the design/art part of the page if you want, but keep any personal stuff hidden.
How do you get started art journaling? One of my art journal inspirations is Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and she has a wonderful blog post here, about how to get started art journaling.
Just use what you have if you don’t want to buy a bunch of new supplies. Cut up magazines and adhere them to your pages, color with markers and crayons. However, if you want to buy more supplies, I will be sharing my favorite supplies soon, so check back!
Do you keep an art journal?