Equivalent of Almost

Think of an art journal as a holding place for color & texture & words & exploration. You might carry out that exploration via words, thoughts, analyses, and/or art materials. I think it's important to use your journal in a way that works for you. It does not have to be deep and it does not have to be playful. Whatever grey zone that you want to work inside! Your journal, your choice.

You can splatter paint or work intuitively or sketch or follow an obtuse mood or investigate a hypothesis about how different mediums interact, document dreams make lists of pros & cons. Analyze your horoscope or personality or why you like a particular song. Figure out if you really are an introvert, why you cannot stand Monopoly or miss playing backgammon. 

Equivalent of Almost; Tammy Garcia daisyyellowart.com

You could use your journal to answer questions... Can I paint with gouache on top of acrylics? Is it possible to use red and purple together without looking gaudy? How many different types of flowers can I use on a page? How can I conceal my journaling so that I can get these words out of my head but keep them secret to the universe?

Equivalent of Almost; Tammy Garcia daisyyellowart.com
Equivalent of Almost; Tammy Garcia daisyyellowart.com
Equivalent of Almost; Tammy Garcia daisyyellowart.com

On these pages from the turquoise altered book, you'll find acrylics, Neocolors, machine stitching, washi tape, found papers, magazine images, an address label and even an index card {left side, stitched collage}. 

Look - I do not get doom & gloom in my journal very often, so when I vent I cover it up or disguise it or just paint over the words. In this case, I literally tore it away {how cathartic is that?} I want to get it out, but I definitely DO NOT want to re-live all of that negative junk every time I open my journal. I know myself quite well, and I know that this is what works for me. That is how I use MY journal. You might want to vent, to salvage those emotions and hold on to them, even refer back to them. Use your journal in a way that works for you. Whatever way makes you feel stronger!

"You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse
a bird or a squirrel of subversion or
challenge the ideology of a violet."
Hal Borland