I went on the hunt for a blank journal and found a neat one at Michael's. It is made by Smash and it has pretty paper, as well as a glue stick/pen combo that fits right into the elastic on the side. Handy. It wasn't exactly what I was after because a lot of the pages already have a background, but I am an impatient wench and it was the best thing I found in the 5 minutes I allowed myself. :) Also, I remember Tina from Tickled Pink mentioning that she often paints or makes up a page and then glues it right into the book, so I figured I could also do that.
|See the cute pen/glue stick attached right to the side? So handy.|
My first page was my wheel of life circle which you may have already seen here.
The second page was a poem that I woke up in the middle of the night, from a super sad dream, to write. I wrote it in the dark and had to decipher the words the next morning, lol. I liked it so I transferred it into the journal.
The third page (and the last one I will share with you) was a little combination of Mother's Day sentiments and an art journal prompt that I got from Tammy at Daisy Yellow. The prompt said: "CIRCLE: Draw a wonky freehand circle on your page, large enough to hold whatever you want to write. Write in the journaling circle. Then draw larger and larger imperfect circles around your words, in colored pencil or neocolors. Don't erase. Accept the imperfection." I also drew a quick sketch of the wind chime and butterfly that my mom gave me and glued in the poem that went with the wind chime.
If you are looking to start an art journal of your own, here are some examples of art journal pages. Some have magazine clippings, some are doodles, some sketches, all seem to have words. There don't appear to be any rules which is difficult for people like me who love rules. I suspect for this reason alone, this exercise will be good for me.
|1. Kelly Kilmer 2. Balzer Designs 3. Pinay New Yorker 4. Creative Art Journal|
The second hint, was also from a Tranquility du Jour interview (#228 - Art Every Day) with Leah Piken Kolidas. Leah suggests taking some pressure off of yourself and lowering your expectations by using a very small sketch book and taking just 5 minutes to do a very quick sketch. I love that this can free you of worrying about results because you can't really expect perfection in 5 minutes and it really makes you just get to it.
I think that no matter how you approach your art journal, it is important to Remember that your art journal is YOUR art journal. It can take any form that you want it to. You can include anything you like. You can use magazine photos, your own pictures, drawings, sketches, paintings, grass clippings and pixie dust. It's yours - do with it what you will. :)
If you do decide to give it a try, I would love to see what you create.