Don't preserve all of your precious artwork. Take some chances.

Don't preserve all of your precious artwork. Take some chances.

One of the secrets of learning new techniques? Make a lot of some kind of thing. Then play or cut up or collage otherwise alter a subset of that series of things... and you minimize that feeling that you are taking a massive risk with precious one-of-a-kind-work. If you make 50 of something I bet you'll see that there are some that you like "more" and some that you like "less." If you wish, keep your favorites in pristine condition, and then RISK all of the rest.

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Art journaling is a no-expiration date coupon to ignore the rules

Art journaling is a no-expiration date coupon to ignore the rules

Art journaling is like a no-expiration date coupon to ignore the rules & graphic design principles that you are not in the mood to follow. 

When I am working in my journals, I have no illusion or goal of making anything beautiful. And I wind up where I wind up. I am making something that speaks to ME. I use colors that I like. I use images that are quirky or somehow resonate with my mind. I create the pages that I want to look at in the future. So on each page there are usually little pockets {not literally pockets but rather regions} of compositions rather than one larger composition. I do try to have some sort of visual balance - not symmetry - just balance to my eyes.

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