Art Journal: taking stock again

"What do we need to stop doing,
in order to stay focused on
what we have to accomplish?"
David Allen

It's been 3 years since I last took stock of my journals. I will admit that I was fairly lazy in that I did not go upstairs to get the box with 8 Moleskines and the boxes of loose pages that were photographed last time.

These are the journals only, excluding another 200+ painted pages on loose watercolor paper. And I didn't photograph any of the index card art, because it's all in boxes.

I've been art journaling since 2007 and blogging about it since 2008.

But what on earth is art journaling? It is a loose, free, flowy form of art not constrained by rules or shoulds. I believe that it is worked on paper of some sort but it can be on loose paper or in a bound journal. So I see the word "journal" in art journal to mean documentation rather than a physical bound journal. In art journaling the page, whatever turns up, is the tangible output of rolling up your sleeves and playing with paints, papers, images, words, etc. There's an introduction called Art Journaling 101 and a post about materials called Art Journaling 102

I like to think that art journaling and drawing exercise my fine motor skills, creative thinking skills and my approach to solving problems. For me, art also serves as an outlet for anxiety. It's good to have a productive place to focus my mind. 

This box contains the smaller travel journals that are in the photograph below. 

This box contains the smaller travel journals that are in the photograph below. 

This reminds me that baby steps matter, that pages add up and multiply and make a difference. Because not every day is a wonderful, positive, happy day. Some days I need to see all of those yummy colored edges. I like to do work that will make me smile when I look back at it. 

And then the stack of tiny travel journals and accordion books fell over.

And then the stack of tiny travel journals and accordion books fell over.

I've sent my art journal pages to be considered for only one book, Dawn's A World of Art Journal Pages. And I'm honored that several of my pages from the altered book {the one with the blue cover in the photo above} plus an inked page from a Moleskine were selected for inclusion. The  book shares so many different aspects and styles of art journaling. It's very freeing, once you see what it's all about.

You can work inside or outside an actual physical journal. You can see a stack of "loose" pages in my first "taking stock" post in 2012. Art journal pages are often - but not always - a mixture of mediums. There are often - but not always - words. The pages could be mono-chromatic or infused with RAINBOWS. Some artists work on a series {colors, calendar pages, faces, fashion, food, plants}. There are shapes, images, concepts, symbols, mysteries, contrasts, juxtapositions. Or maybe not. Maybe something else altogether. 

I'm sorry that I have not been responding to the comments in the past several weeks. I read every single comment and I love and appreciate all of them. Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me know that you are out there reading!