"Begin," my first art journal page (from 2006)
I really appreciate all the wonderful feedback on my art journal pages. I have enjoyed making them, mainly as part of online classes. I have a little confession to make, though. . . . I'm not really sure what an art journal is! So, I undertook a little research.
First, I asked some experts. I asked Dina Wakley (who teaches a wide variety of fantastic art journaling classes here) to answer the question, "what is an art journal?" and here's what she said:
"Well, in my mind (and in simplest terms) an is a journal in which you use both images AND words to express yourself. On a deeper level, my art journal is a safe house...a place for me to be me without judgement, a friend who always listens, a place to learn about myself and about art. It's a place to play with no rules, to express without fear. That's what an art journal is to me."
I also asked Tangie, who has an online art journaling kit and class called Art Journal Caravan, and she said,
This definition seems to think of an art journal as more of a sketch book or practice book.
The third thing I want to do is to ask you, my wonderful blog readers, about your experiences with art journals. Do you keep an art journal? Can you tell me about it? How do you see it? Have you ever taken an online art journaling class? What do you think an art journal is? Leave some comments, and I'll check back on Monday with thoughts on my art journals. Tomorrow, look for another installment of Scrapbook Sunday.