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Caitlin and I just sat here and discussed art journals after I read your post to her. She must have gotten my gene with journaling anything, because she can't and won't do it at all. All her work is in her head and she just does it with no practice. I do the same thing. I too have seen beautiful art journals and not so great ones, but they are personal and have helped the artist go for the end goal, or just jot down ideas. I have a dozen mole skin journals that have been given to me, and they are all empty. When I think up my ideas they float in my head forever, until I execute them. It is really funny this process of making your art isn't it? I find it funny though that Caitlin does the same thing. She will be starting her art degree in the fall, and she is already dreading that part of the experience. I remember when I was an art student, that was the most frustrating part for me....I just wanted to start on it. I don't know what that is.

Your journal is so cool and really reflects your personality. I still have my little post card you made me :) I'm just so glad to see you on here again. I miss your blog presence!

Carolina  Ellis

Hi Elizabeth, although most of my big projects don't get germinated in my journals, I find that I use my journals to keep my hand in the game when the rest of my life takes over. I used to go in spurts with my creative projects and sometimes would loose interest or become frustrated from not getting enough art time. having an art journal (actually several of them) makes it so my creativity is expressed outside of my head with real materials. You and Caitlin are millennia ahead of me, but that does not negate that I must do what I can to get there. I find myself considering my journals more as maintenance for my life. When I come to my bigger projects I don't need to reboot - I am already there.


I really like the banner change, I can tell you are happy about it too. Funny how so many of us have that pile of blank journals taunting us, not to mention our little corners of guilt waiting to happen. You give a lot of good advice here, and thanks so much for sharing your journal. Even though most of my journals are blank or only have a couple of pages filled, at least I have encouraged the practice and it has taken hold for my daughter. She has many books filled with her designs and I know she will cherish them one day. I have made it to day four of daily art journaling, and this has encouraged me to keep going. I have enjoyed every one of your pages, I like how you went back and just worked over one you didn't like. I guess it wouldn't be much of a journey for us without the yucky ones. Love your Moroccan page.


I'm so exited about your discovery and new banner! I have not get into the habit of journaling, but I try to doodle here and there. It is funny to see how it effects my children. They see me doodle good stuff and bad stuff and become more fearless in their own work. It seems to be very empowering for them to see me fail - and then just go on.


I love that phrase you came up with! So simple, yet so complicated! ;-) Thank you for the look into your journal! xx

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