Dear Crissy

Art journaling once again

Earlier this week, I started art journaling again.

art journaling

If you’re an oldschool Dear Crissy reader—I’m talking 2006-2008 here—you may know that art journaling was a big part of my life, and that I used to create and post a lot of my watercolor and mixed-media art. I even sold quite a bit of my art on eBay for a brief period.

Fast forward through what feels like an ocean of time, and the birth of two kids, and art hasn’t only taken a back-burner in my life, it has all but dissolved completely. I turned to photography as my creative outlet, and turned completely away from painting.

Last week while browsing my friend Karen’s Pinterest, I happened upon a few pins from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s blog, and then stumbled onto her Art Journal Every Day weekly linky.

Hello, inspiration. I’ve missed you.

While I can’t commit to an art table with a ton of supplies, and I can’t say that I’ll be art journaling every day, I am definitely inspired to paint again and to create a physical journal, and that feels really good.

What is art journaling?

There really aren’t any rules to art journaling. Grab a blank book and combine art and words to create a sort of visual diary. It’s all about self-expression.

My art journal

I picked up a small Strathmore Visual Journal at my local Hobby Lobby over the weekend, and I love it. Here is my first page.

art journal

The quote is an abbreviated version of a fortune I found in the cookie following our Chinese take-out on Saturday. Here’s the full saying, which I found online:

Passion is in all great searches and is necessary to all creative endeavors.—W. Eugene Smith

Do you keep an art journal, or, would you ever consider art journaling?

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  1. Teresa — June 17, 2013 @ 12:16 pm (#)

    Wish I was this artistic. It’s in my head but can’t put it down the same way. lol


  2. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom — June 17, 2013 @ 12:18 pm (#)

    This start to your art journal is absolutely gorgeous! It must feel wonderful to rediscover yourself in this way. Lovely!


  3. Linda Kinsman — June 17, 2013 @ 12:19 pm (#)

    How pretty. I don’t keep an art journal, but I love the idea of it.


  4. ceemee — June 17, 2013 @ 11:22 pm (#)

    I love this idea! It sure is a great way to keep the creative juices flowing. What paint do you use?


  5. Crystal — June 18, 2013 @ 12:17 am (#)

    I love your journal picture!! It’s so beautiful! I love the design you did!! You are so talented!!


  6. Lisa Davis — June 19, 2013 @ 5:05 am (#)

    Yay! I’m so glad you’re doing this again :)


  7. Ashley Sears — July 1, 2013 @ 8:36 pm (#)

    I have to thank you for sharing these posts. I always had people tell me that my doodles weren’t just doodles, but I never believed them.

    I have been journaling while waiting to kill time, and it’s been a blast. This week hubby and I went to the art store and I just got the most killer water color ink pencils. I can’t wait to use them


  8. Angela England — July 2, 2013 @ 9:27 pm (#)

    I used to do art journals and mailed ATCs – Did you ever get on when it was a mail art or traveling journal site? Too fun.


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