Hey there creative souls.. I know I promised you some posts and one of them being about my art journal journey.. I was all ready to post this earlier and had an issue with the site publishing it, I had it all written out and the picture with it… argghhh Ok so here I am , maybe the last post was not meant to be and this one will be better!
I have almost filled up my Art Journal, my very first but for sure not my last! I have officially been working in the journal posted above since February and minus a few written journal entries in it, it’s full! It’s a moleksine sketchbook, the large on and the size works for me really well!
I have been keeping a journal/diary for about 20 + years ( I think I just aged myself.. ) And I am learning more and more I am a very visual person, so the two things were a match made in creative heaven for me.. Well most of it..
About my journey.. I started in it thinking it was just going to be for a class I was taking to practice techniques and for my journal prompts. I had no idea that after a while that I would just LOVE working in it and that it would lead to several important insights about myself and how I am outside the journal!
It brought to light how much I judge myself, how I never felt like it was good enough, I was doing it wrong.. I was afraid of making a crappy page, or doing the “wrong” thing and I constantly was over-thinking it. Those are all things I have felt or feel in my life that I am working on. Art Journaling just brought it to light more. I wanted to just sit down and bust out these amazing pages and skill, and frankly it was not happening. I realized that is how I deal with so many things, and it’s a form of fear. Fear and I know one another really well. After many pages of really feeling bad and getting stuck, I pushed through it. I don’t know what clicked exactly, I have been encouraged by the classes I was taking and the people around me as well. But I just started letting loose.. I don’t love every page I come up with. But somehow it’s helping me find my voice more. I feel like I have become a bit more brave through it. I can express myself in a more authentic way, and I know there is so much more to come in so many different ways.
I am really happy I have stuck with it.. I don’t see it going away for me anytime soon.. It will just evolve as I do.
I don’t know if I am even explaining this in a way that it makes sense really, just that it’s been a great tool to add to my life on this part of my journey.
Thanks for sticking with me through this not so smooth flow of thoughts on my art journal journey..
I would like to share more with you on this in the future, so I am going to make this a multi part post!
Here is to being Inspired, Creative and Empowered. Have a great weekend!
PS: This post is a much more authentic look at this journey the one I was going to post, so I am glad it happened the way it did, even if I did want to throw my computer across the room then!