Photos from my art journal.Oh, my! I do apologize for the lateness of this Saturday Challenge - it's been a very busy weekend! I arrived home from the farm just a little bit ago and am looking forward to a cozy, sleepy, drizzly Sunday evening.
A little while ago, a sweet woman named Lianne commented on a post I wrote over at Mission: One Oh One. One of my goals for the Day Zero Project is to complete an art journal. Lianne wrote, "The art journal is on my list too, but I'm actually scared to begin. I'm really insecure when it comes to drawing, painting and other creative things.. " I am very sure that this sums up a fear that so very many of us share. (Can I tell you a secret? I rarely create finished pieces; I want my art to look like other artists' art and am disappointed when I am left with my own version which "doesn't look as good". This post is a bit of self-encouragement, too!)
To Lianne, and every other artist and creative individual (no matter how much or often you create, no matter how "good" or "bad" you believe your art to be, no matter who said what about your artistic skill once upon a time): I challenge you to take that first step, as scary as it is, and begin. Start an art journal!
The journal itself can be anything: a child's board book, an old encyclopedia, a brand new blank journal, a spiral bound notebook, or a collection of many different papers. It can be as big, wide, old, tall, square, messy, thin, plain, or tiny as you like. Once you find the perfect book, summon up your courage and paint, write, draw, scribble, doodle, stamp, glue, tape, press, spill, and/or scratch - put any mark on the paper. An art journal is the playground for creativity. Experiment. Discover. Have fun. You have absolute freedom within its pages and you do not have to share the art journal with anyone if you do not want to - what possibility there is!
One of my favorite quotes regarding art journalling is "... If you make a page you don’t like, you can turn the page and start over. Nobody needs to know. Just keep turning the page!" (The Quote is by iHanna. Read the whole post for lots of good inspiration on overcoming fear of a blank page!) I use this mantra often; it encourages me to move past a page I find ugly and to not be disheartened or to let my inner critic take over. The key is to just keep creating and to accept the bad with the good.
I believe that every single individual on this planet is capable of creating beautiful things. You have an artistic vision all your own, and it wants to be given a chance to shine! Forget what others expect of you and what you expect from yourself, and give your inner artist the freedom to play, learn, express, and grow. Woohoo! Happy creating!
Every week, Ingrid posts a new Saturday Challenge. View past challenges here, or upload a photo to the Flickr group; if you have an idea for a challenge send an email to mypeacetree2 (at) gmail (dot) com!