Art Journaling: Art Without Rules

I challenge you to break some of the
confining rules you've accepted as truth... 
rules you've imposed upon your art journals.
It will benefit your heart, your self,
your art & your creative practice.

We’re governed by rules —
and we impose rules {trivial and not so} on ourselves
things like no coffee after 2pm
or always vacuum on Mondays
so is it any surprise that we make rules for our art?

A two page spread has to be worked as one big wide page.
Don't tear out pages.
Every page has to have words or journaling.
The words have to be cool & trendy.
The colors I choose have to "go" together.
A page has to be finished in one sitting.
You can't art journal on canvas.
I have to use {insert brand name of art materials here}.
Pages must be worked in order.
My pages have to look like those of {insert cool art journalist's name here}.
Don't brag. Don't bitch.
Don't be a downer. Don't get too personal.
Don't cut up your journal pages.
You can't work in seven journals at once.
The composition must be pleasing.

All of the above are certified 100% without a doubt, officially, undeniably wrong. Art journaling has no rules. It is whatever you want it to be. It's not "having" finished pages but "having created" the pages that makes me happy. To put a rule on yourself misses the point. You CAN have a journal dedicated to something specific. You CAN have a journal of one style. You CAN finish a page in one sitting. But you don't have to. That's the thing.

I don't like to follow rules in general, and certainly not in my art.

The joy is in the play.

Please... tell me about your rules. I am curious to learn what constraints we put on our journals. What rules, spoken or un-, do you place on your art journaling or drawing? Do any of the rules speak to you? Do you have rules that you didn't realize you had? Do tell.

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Original post dated March 2011. Learn more about the art of art journaling, a no-rules sort of art, in my workshops