Sketchbooks – Artist’s Journals

27 May

Exploring and Creating Personal Pages

–        pages can be collaged, scribbled or painted

–        each page should describe a unique, singular moment in time

–        an art form completely devoid of rules and absolutely brimming with possibilities

–        art journals are not merely a self-indulgent activity, but something worthwhile, important and vastly creative and self-revelatory

–        the time we give to creating our personal pages, finding out authentic voice and letting it sing is time well spent

–        silence your inner critic and begin to think of your art journal as a companion, a muse, a soul mate.

–        Start with the present moment – the past and future will inevitably end up on your pages, but we all need a place to begin and the present will serve you well.

What has the day been like? Do you want to embrace it or release it? Put that on your page.
Is there a lyric or a line of poetry that keeps cycling through your mind? Record it on your page. Trust that anything that is threading through your mind and heart is fair game for your art journal pages.
A memory A color
An aroma Add color to a white page.

     There is no need to think of your pages as finished, resolved works of art. You are capturing a moment, a passing whim, an impulse worth saving. Best of all you are spending time with yourself, turning your attention toward your own needs and desires. You are putting your ideas and questions into visual form and exploring and debating them.

 The process of keeping an art journal can be a rich and revealing creative experience as well as a remarkable and revelatory exercise in self-expression, moment by moment and page by page.

Artist’s insights

  1. Let splashes  of color define and depict your mood. Words may seem unnecessary; if so, create symbols or icons. Doodles, scribbles and large, expressive writing or drawing all work to create an energetic and personal page.
  2. Conduct a self-interview and record your answers on a page.
  3. Build a collage file of images that you find fascinating or provocative to use on your pages, or discover the enjoyment of recycling the everyday flow of receipts, coupons and junk mail in your artwork.
  4. Collect small leaves from your morning walk and include them on your page along with your thoughts that occurred along the path.

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