Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Art Journaling, How do I love thee?


What is it about art journaling that makes me love it so much?
I like that it's in a book. I have always loved books, and I love working in a book. I can take it with me, and the pages turn and I can close it and it's like I have my own little world under my arm or in my bag.

I love that I get to write in my book. I also love that it isn't just writing. I love that I get to use different pens in pretty colours when I write. I have an excuse to buy lots of pens.

I love that I can do anything I want in there. I can draw or paint or collage or write, and one isn't 'better' than another. I don't have to worry about what it looks like or how it will turn out. I really really like that.

I love that I get to use pretty colours and buy new materials that I can try out. I also love that I can use ugly colours and use stuff out of the bin and recycle useless stuff.

I love that I sometimes write really deep stuff and get these wonderful insights into my self and the world. I also love that I can write really shallow stuff like lists of stuff I want to buy or complain about petty things, hee hee.

I love that pages that I think are hopelessly ugly sometimes end up really cool looking. I also like that sometimes I end up hating my prettiest pages, much to my surprise.

I love hanging things off the pages.

I love how excited almost everyone gets when they look at an art journal.

I love looking at other people's art journals.

I love how my art journal surprises me. That what I make surprises me.

I love turning on other people to art journaling.

29 comments:

lynne h said...

zom, the thing you said that made me smile the most is that it's like having your own little world under your arm. yes, isn't that the truth. a little portable world... xo

lilasvb said...

i love to follow your art journal

the GyPsY said...

Yay!! Love your post and agree with it all. Love love art journaling, love yours, love mine, love to look at others .. lol .. sounds naughty!!

rachel awes said...

i'm so glad you love art journaling because yours is lovely!!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Dear Zom, You have a way of sharing the magic you have in your journal with the world...soft spoken with wisdom and intriguing surprises for you and your viewers. You can feel the energy from the love you have received. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Zom said...

Love you guys! xxx

Jacky said...

Journals are wonderful arent they??? I love looking at other peoples too.

Wonderful pages!

Jacky

Ken Robert said...

Beautiful, and I like the fact that you also have links to your beginning journal pages. Very nice.

nollyposh said...

...and i ~LOve~ You! <3

Deedra said...

This is oh so beautiful!!! Wow. You're really inspiring me to start art journaling! I've been wanted to for a while, but now I REALLY want to! Awesome work! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Teri Leigh said...

I stumbled upon your blog today and was wonderfully suprised. I am crazy in love with art journaling and it is so fun to run across someone else who is too. I will be back for sure.

gayle said...

Loved reading your post :) so much of those thoughts I can appreciate already! Thanks for sharing (and for the pointer to ning, how AWESOME is it over there!)

Brian K said...

Oh MY GOSH! I just found your art journals via La Dolce Vita blog... Oh I am in awe.... I love your art journals.... I wish I lived in Austrailia to take one of your classes!!!! I love your work! I am sooo in awe....

I am not a writer in my journals per say.... You may have just converted me to start... Oh I must end this & go back to viewing each incredible page...

Woman you MUST be published these are beautiful pages!!!

Zom said...

Welcome Jacky, Deedra, Teri and Brian. Thanks so much for visiting. xx

donna malone said...

Zom, it is so true, ppl get excited to look through art journals. i am drawing etc every day in my journal because of you. my 'edges' are... drawing in public places and writing words next to drawings. still nearly die of embarrassment at having my words read and ppl catching me drawing them. Determined to get over myself because the rewards are obvious! Thank you!

bookaddict4real said...

I just found your blog through Beyond words,I love art journaling
I am looking forward to the future posts and an oppourtunity to look at the past ones. Have you heard
mixedmediacollageartist.com ? I think you would enjoy it.

nollyposh said...

Hey DDZ i got a Dragonfly *kiSS* X:-)

nollyposh said...

Hey little Cyber girrrl with the sticky out red pigtails... *You* lift me up, did you know that? Heart~kissez to you today x

Imelda said...

Hi Zom after reading this I think I'm going to make some pages about why I journal and what it brings me. I also read the 'ugly section'you suggested.Hmm seem to be in a reflective mood today.

alteredpink said...

I can really relate to this post. There is something special about art journaling. It's the one thing through all the different art projects that I have started through the years that I actually continue with on a regular basis. I love your art journal pages by the way! Love the woman image, did you draw here? Love her expression! Hope your having a wonderful Valentine's Day:)

Zom said...

Hi altered,

Yes I drew the woman. I drew her and then photocopied her and gave her different clothing on different pages. Like paper dolls. Fun.

xox

lynda Howells said...

l know just what you mean. I love journalling. Calms me down, excites me, annoys me, makes me want to shout, yell, giggle and so much more and everything you said tooxx xlynda

Monica said...

I can relate to just about everything you've said here. I also love, no adore, books, and writing, and being creative. It's the perfect medium really.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Thank you for visiting early this morning...how do you like our beautiful snow? You and your words radiate pure love and a spirit for renewal ...I do wish we lived closer...you are always welcomed to come and visit me sacred sister. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

nollyposh said...

(Ps) DDZ i have gone on a little journey down the ~Rabbit Hole~ on my blog... Wanna come and play? x

Sharmon Davidson said...

Hi,Zom! I've never really journaled, except when I had to for a class. You make it sound so wonderful, though, that I'm tempted to try it. Thanks for sharing your love of this art form.

little sheep said...

just found this now...i can SO relate! i've only been art journalling for a week and a half now, but it's the best thing i've done for myself!

Lynn Fisher said...

Zom, I'm a newbie to your site...and I LOVE it! Your pages are wonderful...I will be back!

Anneliese said...

A friend just sent me a link to this ... she thought I might be interested ... Too Right ! .. love your work, off to explore older pages thanks for sharing :D x