Art Journaling Defies Definitions

“Sounds of laughter shades of life are ringing through my open ears exciting and inviting me limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns it calls me on and on across the universe”
John Lennon

"Flow is being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz."
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

"Why do you have to translate and decode things?  Just let the image be.  It will have a special kind of reality  that it won't once it's decoded." 
Laurie Anderson

A journal is a nifty gadget where you can just see what happens. The journal is where colors, images, textures,  threads and words meet for coffee and scones.

Art journaling is difficult to define, until you work in your journal for awhile and then it starts to click. It seems like it's about black permanent markers and lightfast magenta paint and pages that stick together. About drawing and gluing stuff inside a book. I mean, it does involve that, sometimes. But when you switch the lens, your frame of reference, question your assumptions, you learn that it's a meaningful space where you can make whatever it is that you wish to create. A space where you first figure out whether the turquoise and emerald paints intertwine to form aqua and whether the ink is permanent... and then you learn about yourself.

Also, I've been thinking about creative trajectories. If you are on a CREATIVE ROLL, if you feel better because you are doing art on a regular basis, make a little sign and tape it to your fridge. Something like "art = happier."

I've been listening to podcasts this week. The kids had summer classes this week only and so I was in the car a great deal. Here's what I liked: 

HAPPIER, a podcast by Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project. I listened to a few episodes and really enjoyed the tone. {I've read excerpts but not the entire book, so I added it to my to-read shelf at Goodreads}

The Necessity of Unnecessary Creating, an episode from The Accidental Creative. I listened to several episodes and I'm not sure if I'll listen to bunches more because there's a bit of repetition here, but I liked this episode.

I love Good Life Project podcast, although I'm quite a few episodes behind!

More podcast-related stuff...

I did an interview with Jamie Ridler one year ago for her audio podcast Creative Living with Jamie {22 minutes}.

Amy Cowen is back with new episodes of The Creative Mom Podcast. You can hear my "audio" art journaling prompt inside Episode 176