A friend of mine asked me where I work on my stuff. We had a great conversation on how to create when you have limited space. Living in a big, expensive city doesn’t leave a lot of room for art– and my art takes up a lot of space. My friend has an “all-purpose” room she uses with her partner for painting. I don’t even have that much space– I live in a one bedroom apartment. I negotiated with my husband for a corner in the living room, and created a workspace that has turned out to be great for me! I love having the corner cause I don’t have to worry about setting up materials, or putting stuff away– its always ready for when I have an idea.
I was never very good at keeping a written journal– I would be intimidated by the lines on the page, and worried that I couldn’t fill them up with meaningful prose. I guess that’s why I never considered blogging about my journalling either. Trying to use words to describe the process and reasons for my sketchbooks is really difficult. But here it goes anyways:
What are the reasons you keep an art journal, Stephanie?
1. I find using color and shape less limiting than words. I’m not a great wordsmith, so I would rather draw my meaning. Or create music about it.
2. I get to learn and try out new techniques in my books. The smaller format is great for trying a little bit of watercolors; or a small amount of decoupage.
3. My journal allows me to do something creative everyday. I can’t work on my big pieces everyday. Sometimes i get tired just thinking about some of the pieces I should finish, but you know how it is…
4. My journal is a mini portfolio of my work and my photography. Its a great example of the art I make.
5. I can’t screw it up. And I’m not even afraid that I might. Art rocks.
6. Its a great conversation piece. I’ve met some great artists by sharing my work with them.
7. Its a visual representation of my life. A pages tells me exactly what I was feeling that day. No censorship there.
I am very interested to know why other artists keep art journals… Why do you keep one?
I have been inspired. I started my newest sketchbook a few months ago. I have tried “traditional” journalling, but I found myself limited by my own words. For some reason, I could never write what I meant. The words seemed flat and inexpressive.
A friend told me to journal in pictures. I had never thought of that before.
My sketchbook has been transformed. And I want to share my experiences in learning about mixed media and journalling. Anything I find that is useful, will be posted here.