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« on: June 01, 2013 04:06:49 PM »

Do you ever wonder sometimes "what have I got to journal about?"
When I first started keeping an art journal (about 7 years ago) I thought about that a lot....then realized the answer...."EVERYTHING!"  Grin

I never wait for something 'special' to journal about -- most often I just journal the ORDINARY!

The example below --- we were **thinking** about rearranging the furniture in our home ....THAT was certainly not anything special...but it ended up making a FUN journal page...and I want to have FUN in my journal!

Does the blank page intimidate you? Do you not know HOW to begin?
My advice is -- look around you --- there is so much inspiration all around us...and it doesn't have to be anything mind-boggling, or a special event in your life...make it FUN and MAKE ART...that will turn the ORDINARY into EXTRAORDINARY!  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2013 04:55:38 PM »

Thanks for the inspiration Smiley I definitely needed an extra push to get me started. I'm fairly new to art journaling so blank pages are VERY intimidating to me! Sometimes I have TOO many ideas floating around in my mind. It gets so overwhelming that I'm not able to incorporate that onto a journal page. It's frustrating. I tend to over think things a lot.
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2013 06:32:54 PM »

Thanks for the inspiration Smiley I definitely needed an extra push to get me started. I'm fairly new to art journaling so blank pages are VERY intimidating to me! Sometimes I have TOO many ideas floating around in my mind. It gets so overwhelming that I'm not able to incorporate that onto a journal page. It's frustrating. I tend to over think things a lot.

Hello Beautifulsoul -

You are welcome!
First of all, let me say that I LOVE your jewelry!!!  Grin Wonderful work!

Maybe you could have TWO art journals -- one for journaling things that you PLAN and THINK THROUGH...and one for spontaneous free-spirited splashes of art! Your spontaneous journal can be where you dare to just throw caution to the wind and simply enjoy THE PROCESS. I do this a lot in my journal -- I go into it with no real plan in mind...I let the process guide me..and usually I have some favorite music blasting as well. I am a child of the hippie generation (the 1960s, yes, I am THAT old...LOL!)...so I usually have on some Pink Floyd, Beatles, or Stones...and even the occasional classical music to relax my mind  Grin

I get over the 'blank page' jitters by beginning with layers of paint and scribbling or stamping....most often it all gets collage images or more paint put on top of it....but it frees my mind and reminds me that I can't make a mistake...after all...it's only paint on a piece of paper that can be painted again  Roll Eyes

Don't pass judgement on yourself or what you journal....let it be all about expression and discovery!
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2013 01:04:59 PM »

Thanks for the inspiration Smiley I definitely needed an extra push to get me started. I'm fairly new to art journaling so blank pages are VERY intimidating to me! Sometimes I have TOO many ideas floating around in my mind. It gets so overwhelming that I'm not able to incorporate that onto a journal page. It's frustrating. I tend to over think things a lot.

Hello Beautifulsoul -

You are welcome!
First of all, let me say that I LOVE your jewelry!!!  Grin Wonderful work!

Maybe you could have TWO art journals -- one for journaling things that you PLAN and THINK THROUGH...and one for spontaneous free-spirited splashes of art! Your spontaneous journal can be where you dare to just throw caution to the wind and simply enjoy THE PROCESS. I do this a lot in my journal -- I go into it with no real plan in mind...I let the process guide me..and usually I have some favorite music blasting as well. I am a child of the hippie generation (the 1960s, yes, I am THAT old...LOL!)...so I usually have on some Pink Floyd, Beatles, or Stones...and even the occasional classical music to relax my mind  Grin

I get over the 'blank page' jitters by beginning with layers of paint and scribbling or stamping....most often it all gets collage images or more paint put on top of it....but it frees my mind and reminds me that I can't make a mistake...after all...it's only paint on a piece of paper that can be painted again  Roll Eyes

Don't pass judgement on yourself or what you journal....let it be all about expression and discovery!

I totally agree about the two journal method. One is the recipient of all the ink, paint and stamps from the "good" journal. Yet, I find I love the pages in the messy journal so much more. I especially like the blank (no lines, no grids) composition books from the Dollar Store, because there is so much you can do with them.

I also have several small Moleskine journals that I use for lettering, quotes and rubber stamp ideas. You can never have enough journals!
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2013 03:34:18 PM »

smmarrt, I like, LOVE, the way you think  Grin
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