Colorful Art Journal
I have always started journals and never gotten more than a few pages in. I tried written journals, photo journals, collage journals and every other sort of journal in between. But the other week I was reading A Beautiful Mess written by the talented Elsie and she wrote a post on making an art journal. Then I had an epiphany! I shouldn’t try to make a journal that fits into a box, like a written feelings journal or photo inspiration journal, I should make a journal with no rules. Have a book I can fill in whatever way pleases me at the time. Photos! Decoupage! Quotes! Inspirations! Ideas! Everything! Anything! This revelation has pleased me to no end, I am feeling so jazzed about the whole thing that I have barely set down my journal since I started it.
I started with the cover, I simply layered different colors of construction paper and added my favorite self-portrait.
On the back I cut a pretty pink chevron pattern and added a Hemingway quote.
”I never had to choose a subject-my subjects rather chose me”
I really love to add quotes from people I admire, I feel like they are cheering me on.
This is the inside cover and first page. I found it so relaxing to just cut colored paper and arrange on the page. It is such a simple action but the way the colors look together and take shape are so inspiring to me. Green, black, white and yellow is definitely a color combination I am going to be using in an upcoming jewelry design.
These are a couple pages I am working on. I have been thinking about traditional Navajo prints, and really any kind of aboriginal patterns. They can be so geometric and so colorful. I think it is a lovely juxtaposition. I was thinking of making neon Navajo patterns to kick it up a notch.
On the opposite page there is a Ray Bradbury quote.
“Don’t think.Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious,
and anything self-conscious is lousy.”
This is my favorite page for whatever reason. It is the inside of the back cover. I made a little pixelated heart from pink post-it notes. On the bottom I added a quote.
”I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart
where G-D put it on the inside”
I feel most represents the way I am, it’s written by the lovely F. Scott Fitzgerald (no relation).
Anyway, there is a little peek inside my journal. I totally recommend an art journal. It is a lovely way to spend an afternoon and a really lovely way to get creative. I am looking forward to adding fashion inspiration pages too!
I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend!