How long have you been Art Journaling?
I have been art journaling for a little over three years now. I had to take a small break from it when I moved to a new home but picked it up again recently.
How has Art Journaling impacted, changed, or enhanced your life?
Art journaling has been a wonderful experience for me. Due to past experiences, I'm always reluctant to write my thoughts down in a book, afraid that someone will not respect my privacy and read them. With Art journaling, my message can be hidden or blatant. Simple or complicated. I can write a whole page of feelings and then just paint over it. Art journaling has basically freed me and allowed me to express myself fully. Another wonderful side affect is that it has strengthened my creative voice and has made me more confident in my desire to paint and draw.
What are a few of your favorite Art Journaling materials to use?
I fluctuate. When I first began it was cheap colored pencils, crayons and craft paints. As I began to really get into it, I continued with collage and extended paint elements, personal illustrations and more expensive paints. When I began my move, I pared down again to just graphite pencil, watercolor, and micron pen. I'm back to using some collage elements in my work once more and so I'm always changing up the arsenal.
Who are some of your favorite Art Journalers?
There are so many! I am in love with the work of:
Ink Smear  
Comfortable Shoes Studio
What kind words of encouragement would you say to an Art Journal newbie?
Art journaling is about process not results and it is a personal expression of self. Don't worry about getting your pictures up on line, making videos, buying the latest and greatest just because someone said so. Start simple. Begin with glue stick and collage, add doodles .. give it a soft wash of color with some kiddie watercolors. By keeping things simple, you really begin to define and project your very unique creative voice. Also, learn technique not style. Style if something you personally identify with, it's what makes your art or your journal pages authentic. Technique is what allows you to express your style. Don't work on making your pages look like someone else, instead, use inspiration to propel your own style forward.
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I am a 35 year old mixed media artist. I have absolutely, positively no formal training in fine art. I have a creative and artistic 9 year old who is my muse and reason for finding the joy of self-expression in art.
The majority of my artwork and journal entries are heavily influenced by my daughters daily life and my personal insight on my life. It is my opinion that art is an important and viable form of expression available to ALL. It strengthens and refines your artistic voice and becomes a snapshot of your life at any particular time.
My artistic statement is that art is life. Circular, it is a wonderful give and take. If you find inspiration in what I do, that in turn inspires me. Art is not an elite club that you are shut out of but an open invitation to your own unique voice in the world. You are valid. Let your voice be heard.