Hi there polkadot!
Today I want to share with you some thoughts I have about adding life into your journal.
You have to know I was a scrapbooker before I started journaling. At one time I noticed I was taking fewer and fewer pictures. Because I didn’t want to keep recording the same things over and over again. I didn’t feel connected with my own life, I wasn’t always happy about the things happening, and the things that didn’t happen. I know this sounds really heavy, but bare with me for a second… Somehow, when you are creative, you need that outlet. It is a fix, much like that of an addict, you need it from time to time to set some things straight in your head, to create space, to zone out.
Art journaling helps me to ‘zone out’, it is more freeing than scrapbooking, because well it IS FREE-ER! You can do whatever you want really. I don’t always ‘journal’ and I don’t always record the thing of the moment in my journal. Sometimes I just feel like creating pretty flowers, or I really like a technique I have seen and want to practice it. And you know what, it all is ok! You just take your stuff and you play basically.
When we came back from a short visit to Lisbon, I really wanted to make a ‘here and now’ page. So I started of from the Documented Life Project challenge for that week, but I looked at some pattern I saw in tiles
, grabbed some colors I saw in the pictures and dove right in.
The challenge was to cover up the good stuff, so lots of layers here. I wrote down my thoughts of the instant in Stabilo All pencil and went over them with water. So the journaling becomes part of the background.
How do you add life into your journal? Are you a documenter? I would love to hear from you!