Sunday, 19 July 2015

Inside my art journal

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I wrote about the four different ways I keep a creative journal and scrapbook a few weeks ago, and I shared some photos of each. I realised when I was creating that post that I hadn’t shared my art journal before – this is the one that I use mixed media for and is a very loose form of a diary – and sadly one I have stopped using. Like I mentioned in the previous post, I started an art journal at the beginning of university, and filled that one to the brim. Then I moved on to an A5 Kraft Sketchbook I bought from Paperchase and began filling that one intermittently as well. Unfortunately, as university finished and grown up life got a bit more cumbersome, creating art in my journal fell by the wayside.

I absolutely love looking back in these books and I’m still a bit sad that I didn’t keep it up. It provides such a big window in to what my life was like back then – like most diaries I suppose it just highlights how much we change. Having said that, although I want to continue and kick-start my art journaling again, it’s another one of those many hobbies for me that gets pushed to the back. Scrapbooking has come to the forefront and I suppose I don’t make time for both. As well as that fact, they are two very different styles and I think I’ve become more nervous to do the art journal again. In one way it should be easier – less to think about it, it doesn’t need photos or even journaling if I don’t want it, in my mind it can be less neat and more scrappy than my traditional 12x12 scrapbook. Despite this, I just don’t know where to start.

I’m not sure why I am, but I need to stop being scared to create a ‘good’ page, because that’s not what my art journal is about. Really, it’s about documenting my thoughts and worries, things that wouldn’t get documented in my other journals or scrapbooks. A lot of the pages are extremely personal and for that reason I haven’t photographed them – just as well really or this would be a very long post! I’ve shared quite a few photos though, and these are from the larger A5 journal I mentioned earlier. Hopefully it will give you some inspiration if you’re looking to start a mixed media art journal, even looking back through my pages gets me more eager to ignore my worries and just get making in mine too.


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Please leave links if you've shared your art journal pages on your blog, I absolutely love finding new inspiration :)

6 comments

  1. How lovely that you have all these to look back on! You talented lady! <3

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  2. So gorgeous! Love the mixed textures and colour (:

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  3. I love peeking into others art journals/sketchbooks, it's a super interesting look into creative people's minds. Yours is particularly gorgeous Katie! Xx

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  4. Love your journal it's so beautiful! I really want to start more of an "art journal"/inspiration journal at some point... I will do it ;D
    Lauren // OhHay Blogs!
    xxx

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  5. These are BEAUTIFUL! I feel really inspired to make my own.

    Zoe-Lee www.secretdiaryofascavenger.com

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