An Art Journaling Epiphany
I've been a writing journaler for many years. As a child I had a 'secret diary' with a tiny key (those are lost now). My need to journal daily began in the late 70's when every year my uncle would send me calendars from Switzerland - where he lived at the time. There was always enough space to write a bit about the day. From there I progressed to larger, Moleskine sized journals - but they remained primarily written journals describing the days happenings, ponderings, and daily life - the good, bad, maudlin and silly.
Some years ago I discovered art jounaling and realized with delight that I could add art to the words I was already writing. My only problem with that is that I felt compelled to make the pages 'right'. I wanted each page to be able to stand on it's own. Complete and well done. I was asking too much of myself and taking hours to make each page - not a bad thing necessarily but it did cut down on what I could turn out. I still maintained a separate written journal as well. Now, I ask you, how often does a page of art journaling ever come out complete and well done? I suppose almost by definition journaling has to include strike throughs, white outs and changes in tense or sentiment.
This year, being one of note for me ( the frightening 60), I decided to use my favorite journal. A Quo Vadis Habana journal in Anise Green. I love the clean white super luxurious Clairefontaine paper - it's fountain pen and art supply friendly - not great for heavy color washes but not bad for light ones. It's a bit larger than the Moleskine's I've been using for my journals but I really think I prefer this paper. My pages are blank but the notebook is offered in ruled or blank.
|I love this anise green color !|
So what's the epiphany you ask? Writing and art journaling can exist in the same book! I suspect to most people that would be a "duh!" kind of moot point. Something that any sane person would know from the get go. By simply allowing my journal to be an everything journal I feel so much more free to add silly things like receipts and color splashes, envelopes that hold a challenge instruction of feathers I found along a walk. Brilliant. So much more fun and colorful to leaf through as well!
I will still have one or more more 'serious' art journals that will hold only art work that I hope to use for something other than a casual page or memory - but my journal hybrid is really floating my boat at the moment. It makes me take things more lightly and I don't strive for any sort of perfection. Very liberating for me.
A Polaroid image- the first I've played with in many, many years and the instructions from a stadium seat my friend Janet and I got for our upcoming journaling jaunts. A page filled with cottonwood, 'cotton' that Janet picked from a tree in Wyoming and sent my way.
What are your favorite ways to journal? Do you maintain separate books for written and art? Have you always been a hybrid journaler? What sorts of things do you put in your journal?