When I first became interested in Art Journaling, it was because I found so much beautiful and inspiring to look at. Search on “Art Journal Page” on Youtube to get thousands of hits. I’m always looking for new ideas and projects and creating an Art Journal attracted me.
I was unsure how to start so I watched a lot of different YouTube videos for a period of time. And finally I had seen so many variations that I dared to try myself. And then I discovered that my Art Journal not only helps me to develop my artistic style, but also myself. I really love that, huge fan of personal development as I am. What I think is most valuable to me is that I can consciously use my Art Journal to help myself work through emotional blockages, bad experiences and everything that bothers the mind from time to time.
This is how I do it
First I write down everything that bothers me att that moment. I’m writing directly in my Art Journal and it’s important to do this fairly quick, to keep yourself from analyzing, because that’s not the point at all. Just write, write, write only. Once I’m finished, I quickly look over the page to find some keywords that stand out. 3-4 words are enough. These are often negatively charged. Now I take these words and choose a positive equivalent to them. These positive words are then made into symbols that hold meaning for me in this context.
When this is done, I paint over the entire text with either acrylic colour or gesso. Leave to dry and then I go wild on the page with collage, pens, colors … whatever I’m drawn to. When the whole post is complete, I often feel a big relief. And then I have a creative page in my Art Journal that can be shown to others. Even though it’s deeply personal and close, it does not matter, because it’s only me who knows what the symbols in the creation actually mean to me.
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