"The hardest thing to learn in life
is which bridge to cross and which to burn.
~ Bertrand Russell
Spoiler alert: RANT ahead.
Art journaling is about the process and joy of messing around with color, pictures, images, paint, words, textures. It is not scrapbooking. There is no order. There are no templates. There is nothing you have to document. There is no structure.
You can of course document thoughts, etc. if you wish to... because it is your page, your art, your fun, your exploration. It is not creating art solely to sell on etsy. It is meant to be fun, rough, free, flexible, without rules. Perhaps art journaling with intention is mixed media art?
I mean if you doodle on a entire page in your art journal, is that not doodling? If you sketch a garden in your art journal, is that not sketching? I don't know. I'm curious to hear what you think.
If you like the way your pages turn out, that's a bonus. If they suck (in your mind), that's OK too. Because it was only ever about the fun and joy of DOING art not the RESULTS. Isn't that what we want to teach our kids about art? Please don't build it up so much that you miss the joy of sitting at the table and creating.
So get YOU into your art journals. Use any supplies you have on hand. If that's duct tape, a red sharpie and the yellow pages, so be it. Go enjoy Thoughts on Flow + Embroidery from Hanna of Create + Live Happy. Enjoy the art journaled neighborhood map at Rouge Raven's Nest. And Jeannine's playground at Four Rooms.