I have been interested in art journaling for over a year.
I have watched videos, discussed it on Two Peas, looked at hundreds of pages online, saw different styles, etc.
I know there is no "wrong" or "right" way to art journal.
I didn't relate very well to most art journaling because, frankly, it's a little messy looking and my style is very simple and clean.
Then I found Karen Grunberg's pages and fell in love with her cleaner style of art journals.
So Friday, I got a pack of watercolor paper, broke out my supplies and started.
Since I knew I did not want to paint all over the background, but wanted to keep it white, I did a practice piece and drew pumpkins. That went okay so I started my first real page by drawing a girl.
Turns out - I can't draw people!!
She ended up looking like something a 2nd grader would do.
Here's my page...
After I drew her, I added some watercolors to the edge, some rub-ons and some stamping.
NONE of it turned out like I wanted it to!
So I thought, It's okay! It's fine to just PLAY.
I really was okay with it not being very great or like I expected and I thought I would try again today.
So this afternoon, I sat down at my desk with another piece of paper and a mask I've never used and I considered my options: paint or mist.
Neither appealed to me.
I just kept looking at that blank piece of paper and all of sudden, like a rocket ship in my brain, I realized.....I DON'T LIKE MESSY ART SUPPLIES!!!
It goes against my ruler-lovin', straight lines, clean fonts, perfectionist nature!
Why I didn't realize this before is puzzling to me but I guess it's because I had never TRIED to be a messy artist. This explains why I have mist, paint, ink pads, etc. all that have never been used!
I just don't like a mess.
A-ha moment #2 was that the longer I sat there, the more I realized that if I were going to carve out creative time, then it should be spent working on something that I truly feel is productive, like planning for my cards class in 10 days, finishing my 2009 Disney album, making products to sell at the craft fair I'm doing in 6 weeks, the list goes on and on.
I know art journaling is very significant and meaningful for many people so maybe my problem was that I wasn't planning to do any actual journaling. I think Julie Fei-Fan Balzar's method of doing a week's spread and writing every day as a journal might be something I would try but at this time, I feel like I have more important creative things to focus on.
So there ya have it. I might revisit it because I do change my mind and get inspired to try things. I SO LOVE so many people's art they produce in the form of an art journal. It is just super cool!
But I'm 99% sure it's not for me.