Yesterday, I posted a photo of a page spread I did for my ocean themed art journal. Many people keep a journal, but how does is differ from an art journal?
In many cases, it doesn't. A journal is like a diary in that it is a way to keep track of thoughts, feelings and experiences. Many of us keep journals and don't even think of them as such. My brother keeps a journal of his hikes. Now, Damian is an avid hiker, hiking in the White Mountains and is is easy to see why such feats deserve the attention of a journal. (But, a journal is just as valuable to keep if you are hiking 5000 foot mountains or just 50 foot hills, if that is what you like.)
Art journals are not just journals about art - although they could be. Art journals are more about artful expression than about cataloging various works of art. Art journals can be tied in to a theme (such as hiking, Christmas, baking, etc) or they can be just expressions of artful exploration. They can include photos, drawings, paintings, origami, collage, pencil sketches, poems, text or any combination.
Art journals are about the person who creates them.
They can be private, like a diary, a place to record your inner feelings and thoughts. Or they can be public and put on display for all the world to see. They can be gift for a lucky recipient as a personal way to share feelings. They can be romantic between lovers or a learning piece between parent and child.
Though the years, I have made a number of art journals. And I love each one of them. I loved creating each one and the thrill of finding something beautiful to put inside.
I am really thrilled to be working on the ocean themed one, currently. I will continue to post some of my pages as they progress.
Here are some of my past art journals --
2010- Here is a journal I did during Advent. I collected photos, Christmas cards and added illustrations and things that we did during the season.
Here is my Summer 2004 journal that I kept. I included drawings, ticket stubs, photos and more. It was made from a blank notebook.
I drew inside and on the cover. I did a lot of journaling and added photos and brochure pictures.