On Keeping an Art JournalHi Everyone! My name is Briana from Courageously Creating. I am so excited to be here.
Let me start with a little background. I started watching Art Equals Happy back in the fall of 2009 when Kim and I were both in the first Indie Business online class taught by Leigh-Ann of Freckled Nest and Jill of Lune Vintage. I’ve really enjoyed watching Kim’s blog change and grow as she goes through school and life. Some of the things that I love about Art=Happy are Kim’s fun, arty photos, as well as her sketchbook pages. I love how Kim uses ink in her drawings, sketches, and lettering. She has a great, loose style that I admire.
Speaking of sketchbooks, if you are anything like me, you might have a few blank journals around your living space. Some are great for drawing, while others with thicker paper are more suited toward paint and collage.I have been keeping visual journals for many years now. I started learning a lot about visual journaling through classes I took at a local book arts facility called The Minnesota Center for Book Arts (aka MCBA).I ended up taking a ton of classes from one teacher in particular (Roz Stendahl),and I am currently a part of her visual journaling group that she facilitates once per month called, The Visual Journal Collective. We meet at MCBA once per month to learn new journaling techniques, share our visual journals, and to sketch. Roz is a huge advocate of sketching in your journal. You can see some her amazing work on her blog here.
If you want to keep an art journal, there are a few things to keep in mind. Are you going to need special paper? Do you want your journal to be portable? Do you want to make your own custom journal to work in?
If you want to purchase a journal, there are several great options these days. There are, of course, the Moleskine journals, which come in a variety of sizes and paper types. Strathmore has also recently come out with a series specifically called the Strathmore Visual Journals. Roz Stendahl taught a free workshop through the Strathmore website, which you can find here.
If you would like to bind your own book for visual journaling, I recommend the following online teachers/classes/sites:
Mary Ann MossFor more visual journaling inspiration, check out these cool folks:
Journal Fodder Junkies Dave and Eric (Yup, these are dudes).
If you have a blank sketchbook lying around, or if you’ve been thinking about getting one, I hope you grab it quick. Life isn’t slowing down, and your creativity is important. Document those inner visions, thoughts, and emotions today. Whether you call this special place an art journal, a sketchbook, or a visual journal is really up to you. The name is far less important than the activity.
Thanks so much for reading this post. I hope you feel at least a teeny bit inspired to work in your journal! Go! Run! The art supplies are calling to you . . .