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. 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.

  2. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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