Have you ever heard of someone keeping an art journal?
According to Mixed Media Club, “An art journal, or artist’s journal, is a book kept by an artist as a visual, and sometimes verbal, record of her thoughts and ideas. Art journals generally combine visual journaling and writing, to create finished pages. Every imaginable style, media and technique is used by art journalists.”
I’m too lazy to write a proper blog post, so I’m just going to quote an article by Maisy Wildermuth from the Odyssey online.
“I had all but surrendered to my inevitable inability to journal until very recently, when I started seeing photos on Tumblr of people’s journals where the pages were not simply full of written words, but art of all kinds, intricate doodles and tiny paintings and magazine cut-outs and pressed flowers and ripped ticket stubs and song lyrics and hazy water-colored sunsets. That’s when I realized that I could put anything in my journal, not just written thoughts.”
“I started out by finding photos on Tumblr and other online platforms that inspired me, and I just let the creativity take control. Since I began art journaling only a few months ago, I have felt an amazing surge of creativity and inspiration flowing through me daily; now I finally have the perfect way to capture it.”
“The best part about art is that it can be anything and everything you want it to be. You don’t have to be “artistic” to let your creativity flow. There is inspiration everywhere, and everyone sees the world in a different way on different days based on different moods and experiences.”
“Art journaling gives you an opportunity to capture your feelings through more than just words, encourages you to think outside of the box. I can be clean and precise, or messy and full of intense emotion. It can be deeply personal and private, or light and fun, something you want to share with others. And that’s the best part: each page is a new start, a clean slate for new emotions, memories and materials.”
“That being said, I challenge everyone reading this article to find themselves a journal, a notepad, a spiral notebook, a binder full of printer paper or even an old novel no one wants to read anymore. Give it new life, preserve memories and, most importantly, let out whatever feelings or inspirations are pent up inside you, just begging to be released!”
This is the beauty of art journaling — no rules, no protocols, no procedures. No need to colour within the lines or use rulers. You don’t have to be a pro sketcher or anything, anyone on earth can art journal. whether you’re a doctor or a teacher or a cashier. Your art does not even need to make sense. It is quite literally, pure self-expression and reckless abandon. You are not bound by chains and shackles.
So let it all out. Draw, write, colour, paint, cut, glue to your heart’s content. Suddenly you’ll have a use for all the useless tickets and receipts and flyers piling up in your room.
Some of my favourite art journalers on Instagram:
So many people choose unhealthy outlets to vent their pent-up emotions. Choose a constructive one instead.
And this is my new hobby.
This was my first art journal entry, back in February 2015. Follow my art account on Instagram, @constellites!