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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