I’ve been having so much fun exploring the beautiful creative world of art journaling. I’ve been using The Art Journal Workshop by Traci Bunker as my guide. She also has videos on youtube showing her creative process.
I love that she works intuitively and lets the page unfold while she’s working it – allowing it to be messy, imperfect and real. I am so accustomed to trying to make everything perfect and crisp (with my graphic design) that it’s refreshing and sometimes challenging to let go and allow myself the freedom to be imperfect.
I have a few art type journals going at the moment – my daily planner, my manifestation journal (that I’m using to catalog a manifestation class I’m currently attending) and a bigger 8.5 x 11 art journal book where I plan to truly have fun and explore.
I also write/type a daily journal on my computer that I used to print out annually in book form but haven’t done that in years. It’s kind of nice to be able to look stuff up via search on my computer when I need to find something. This journal keeps me writing everyday and is a way for me to write about my life as well as figure out problems (and to vent once in a while).
Yesterday I started my bigger art journal with a dream, create and imagine spread (prompted by Traci Bunker’s book) and I love how it turned out. I don’t feel like it’s 100% complete but I feel like it’s complete enough for now. I like the idea of leaving space for me to add to it in the near future – like something else wants to bubble up and I need to be patient and wait for that to happen.
I am so excited to continue playing in my journals in this fun and super creative way. I love how I come at the page without any preconceived notion of how it’s going to turn out and instead am fully in the moment and allowing the process to unfold organically. Also there are no mistakes in art journaling, only discoveries. It does NOT have to be perfect which is allowing me to be imperfect in other areas of my life (like with my writing).
I’m excited to see how this all progresses!