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?