"WHAT ART OFFERS IS SPACE--A CERTAIN BREATHING ROOM FOR THE SPIRIT."
It defies description TO EXPLAIN what an ART JOURNAL is all about.
It seems that EVERYONE is working in his/her art journal.
For some it is a keeper of inner secrets and wishes,
others, a "diary of sorts" filled with the minutia of the day or weeks events,
a place to explore, confront deeper fears, let loose joy
It is WHATEVER that person wishes it to be.
For me an "Art Journal" is simply a
a marking down,
sketching, doodling, drawing the silly and the pompous, messing around with various mediums, trying new ways of approaching a subject.
It is a BIG MISH-MASH OF UNTIDY PAPERS!
...Loose sheets, purchased journal, handmade....it matters not...
It is just good to have some decent paper around when inspiration jumps in.
Two weeks ago I joined the Faces: 101 Class given by Carla Sonheim. You patiently viewed my little, teeny-tiny sketches....it was great fun...but ever so small.
For me I need BIGGER PAPER!
Here are a few things I have done since.
Charcoal on 300 lb. watercolor paper, heavy use of fingers!
Really big piece of paper!
Journal pages/watercolor paper, two page spread.
Handwriting, ink, pastel, acrylic, pencil
and a HUGE DOSE OF FUN!!!
Heart Thought: did you ever keep a secret diary? Mine was a sickly lime green with a bent latch that popped opened. I remember writing in pure shock seeing a cousin smoking behind his home! What did you write about? Think your diary was really a SECRET??????