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What is Art Journaling, Exactly?

It’s Not in the Dictionary

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Art Journaling Class: Getting Started

 

 

 

What is this art journaling thing again?

Shiny Greetings!

Are you art journaling the "right" way? Most of us at one time have wondered about that. Even if you’ve been art journaling for a while, it can be hard to explain exactly what it is. If you’re new to this wonderful creative outlet, it seems to defy definition which can make it harder to get started.

What is an Art Journal?   

The easy answer is that it’s a journal, it combines words and art in some way and it’s for personal self expression. There are no "rules" involved!

Art journaling, also known as keeping an artist’s journal or visual journaling, is a time honored tradition among creative folks – Vincent VanGogh, DaVinci and Picasso are a few among many who have kept artist notebooks and each one is different and unique.

Maybe you’re thinking "But, what about MY art journal – I’m not Picasso – what should MINE be like?"  Well, I’m not exactly sure because it’s such an individual and personal creation, but I can say what it’s NOT. It’s not perfect or perfectly orderly. It doesn’t have to be original in any way nor does it have to be an exact copy of anything. It isn’t made with a special pen, ink, paint or glue. It’s not any particular shape or size nor does it have to have special paper for the pages; it may not even be a book.

The most important thing is that you create your journal for you – NOT for other people’s eyes, opinions or entertainment. Remember, there are no Art Journal Police!

 

 

Good Stuff in the Group

 

We’ve got good things going in the group: the weekly posts – Technique Tuesday, Inspiration Spotlight on Wednesday and Throw Back Thursday – and If you need help getting started or just a little boost of inspiration, check out the Learning Section of the group. You’ll find lots of resources and videos to help.

 

Here’s an inspirational video post from one of our lovely members documenting her creative journey as a member of the group – check it out and leave her a like!

 

Keep Making Things!

 

Monette

 

PS There are no art journal police and here’s a great class to get started with!

 

 

 

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