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What is Art Journaling?

I have filled many regular journals throughout my life for many different reasons. It just seems that when a new season of my life began, it called for a new journal to fill. Often when I was in business meetings I would mix sketches into my notes...it was a faster, more efficient way to get my idea down on paper. When I was in church I would do the same thing. I don't remember the first time I saw anything about art journaling, but somewhere along the line, I realized that my journaling was including images more often than not. I started a blog about 9 or 10 years ago, called Art of Inspired Living. I would create a post that was a short inspirational message but that was designed with colors and made the words themselves the graphics...in essence a digital art journal page. (I have started to repost them on my blog page).

Then, one day I was at Books a Million and found "365 Days of Fodder. Daily Doses of Inspiration for the Art Addict," by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler. I was hooked. This book was not just about making cool looking pages in a journal, it was full of writing prompts and ideas about how to incorporate words into the images or patterns. Since then I have read many books, looked at thousands of images of other people's journals, and subscribed to magazines.

I am OBSESSED.

The joy of art journaling is that there are no limits. It is literally what you make it. I have several art journals I am working on right now. One that is my "whatever" book-it is where I test new techniques, but has no "theme." I have one that I am recording my garden in; one that I am telling my life story in to give my kids, and one that I call my Heart Journal. It is my companion on my walk with the Lord. (I have a whole 'nother website for that if you are interested. Click here.) I love that I can keep several journals at a time, and that I don't have to finish one page before I move on to the next. I work on MY schedule.

If you are interested in starting an art journal, or have one going and would like to join like-minded people to just spend time making pages, sharing ideas, coffee  and chatting, then you are invited and welcome to join us in my studio at Lowe Mill.

Tuesdays, 12:30pm - 2:00pm (and starting in September, I will add Saturdays 3:00pm-4:30pm)

art journaling materials