Hi Guys, back again, today with my art journal... well one of them. This in my Winsor and Newton water colour journal and today I finally got to complete my first page.
If I am honest I was a little intimidated by this book, it is so pretty and so clean I just didn't want to get the pages dirty (or make a mistake). I feel like I could just sit and hold this journal in my hands and look at it all day... it's that pretty to me and a much favoured possession in my craft room at the moment. (Isn't it funny the a simple book could make someone so happy lol). I think we all have an item in our craft room that we cherish or refuse to use because it's just too darn pretty.... getting off track here lady!
Anyway I bit the bullet and decided on a familiar shape, something that I love to draw, a mermaid...
Once it was completely dry (air dried, I never use my heat gun/tool on my water colour drawings because the force or the air moves the colour around too much for my liking) I then wrote a simple little quote I have seen many of times "always be yourself unless you can be a mermaid then always be a mermaid", I felt it went well with the image and I didn't feel a lot like pouring my heart out on the page (more on this soon). To finish a very light sprinkle of Gold Heidi Swapp color shine around the hair, quote and tail.
Now back to the journaling part.... I have always thought of journaling as basically where someone has a diary and they write in it every day their thoughts or emotions as a way to help them process life or events..... kind of like therapy.
I was wrong, very wrong.
Since discovering art journaling I have learnt that it is not always about the words, sometimes there are no words, sometimes there are just pictures. This is what I love, I'm not a talker, quite shy and I process my emotions when they happen, I don't bottle things up, So journaling in the form of writing is quite hard for me to do, however I guess you could say that the joy of painting or drawing is my therapy.
The PROCESS OF CREATING is my therapy.
Sometimes I just put a quote on there to make myself feel like it's okay to call it "journaling" when in actual fact I don't need to put a quote there, the picture, page or drawing is my journaling....
Happy Art Journaling guys!