Whenever I think of joining up on big year long projects, I find my biggest deterrent is the idea that there's no way I'll be able to complete such a big task. It's like the fear of the New Year resolution that I'll never really keep.
So with that in mind I thought I'd try to break down the idea of 52 weeks of art journaling into something that seems more manageable, more easily accomplished, something that you can customized to your own needs and level of time, desire, and commitment.
Don't do the entire page in one day! Do 10 minutes a day. Or 10 minutes every 2nd or 3rd day. And then, if you do it 2 or 3 times a week, give yourself a pat on the back. If I drag my ass to the gym 3x a week, that's a good week for me. So call it a good week in art journaling if this is the route you take!
Stagger the task. One day, do the background; another add doodles/art/collage; and after meditating on the word/idea for a few days, write the journaling.
Go with what works for you. You don't have to be Dali, or Picasso, or even Pollack [insert anything other artist name you'd like here]. If you like flowers, cover your pages with flowers. Or try something new. Steal my ideas/prompts or do something completely different.
Don't be intimidated by others' art. Don't think you can't do this because you're not an artist. This is for you. It's about having fun. I'm not your mother or your teacher. You're not allowed to be your own worst critique. Just let it be and enjoy playing with paint!
Think size. Size matters. I'm going with 12x12 scrapbook pages. They're huge. That's what I want. I want place to doodle and draw. I want to layer and stagger things. You may not want the same thing. You might prefer to stagger on a smaller scale. My first art journal was 4x6 and I dragged it around with me in my purse and art journaled on my lunch break for 10 minutes every few days. In fact, art journaling during my lunch break was one of my favourite things to do in the park near work in the warmer months.
Techniques you can use to create a page
- Pencil, crayons, paint, collage, pastel oils.
- Doodles. Things you like to draw (I like Indian motifs and leaves... you'll probably see a lot of them!)
- Collage. Take images from magazines you love. Or scrapbook supplies. Or google searches. Or vintage postcards. Or books. I am quite partial to using old book pages (and since our library tossed a bunch of old books a while ago, I have a guilt free supply).
- Stickers. Words. Stamps
Other ideas/suggestions? Leave a comment and share your advice!