After a long, hectic, stressful day yesterday (work, rain, traffic) I took a few hours to do some art journaling last night.
I sank into the practice, letting the day go. The whole world, inside and outside of me, became quiet. I was in the moment and time seemed to stand still. I started with no real direction other than to find words and images to make a collage. In the end the words and images found me.
After making my collage I slept better than I had in weeks.
Surprisingly I’ve discovered that expressing my creativity is as vital to my well-being as time alone to read, write and reflect. It can no longer be regulated to the sidelines, when I feel creative, or when I have the time. I have to make the time.
To honor this discovery I’ve made a personal commitment to develop a daily creativity practice and to experiment. For the next 28-days I’m committing to creating (and sharing) one art journal page a day, every day.
I’m not going to get hung up on any official definition of art journaling. I’m just going to let the process unfold.
I consider art journaling journal work that goes beyond just words and combines images and words using any and all supplies available…paints, crayons, paper, photographs, oil pastels, glue, tape, etc.
To me, art journaling is about self-discovery, having fun, exploring your creative side, remembering to play and about giving yourself the space and the time to be with yourself.
For the next 28-days I’m going play and experiment and let my practice develop.
Will you join me? Leave comment and a link to your own art journal pages. We can have fun together exploring our creativity and developing a daily practice of self-expression.
Below is my art journal page from my Day 1. (At this early stage of experimenting I’m not too fancy, just some glue, images and words.)