There Are Journals, and There Are Art Journals 

I recently added a page to therottingtree called Journal. I added this page to illustrate that I’ve recently begun the creative task of keeping an art journal, alongside my writing journal. However, I’ve discovered that it’s extremely hard to keep up with both because for one, I’m easily distracted, and two, it’s just hard, and more time-consuming. So I’ve learned, and hopefully figured out a way to do both in one journal. (I have doubts about this.)

The idea of an art journal caught my eye on (I think it was Kindle), while I  was researching books about journaling prompts for writing. I then discovered this art journaling book, The Journal Junkies Workshop: Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict by Eric M. Scott, and David R. Modler.

From here is where my mind went rampant with this idea, to the point of becoming obsessed with the fact that my normal, everyday, writing journal was not sketchy, or visual enough.

And it stopped me dead in my journaling tracks.

It is a great book, you should check it out if you’re interested in art journaling. And I still peruse it from time to time. But it cannot replace my journaling style, which looks more like a doctor’s prescription note, than anything considered neat, or artistic.

So if you would like to post an image from your own art journal in the comments on the Journal page, that would be awesome!




4 thoughts on “There Are Journals, and There Are Art Journals 

  1. Hey, thanks for the follow. Something resonated when I read this post, because I have looked into detail how to do an art journal. I’ve been having dreams of colors, shapes and things-but not sure why. I even wrote a poem about it (not posted yet). Then here you are! I think i need to listen to the synchronicity…

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    1. You’re welcome, and thank you for following me as well.

      You sure should listen. Don’t let all the glamour types intimidate you’re try at art journaling, because that’s what happened to me. And I’m not a girly type so it was even harder for me to find some art journalers who really spoke to my idea of the medium. Not that I’m sexist, but when you do a search on on topic, you find mostly women. Which is why I found the book I mentioned in the post that much more appealing because it was written by two men. I use a sketchbook approach. And I can’t journal without words, so I usually write out what I need to, then leave some space for doodling. Give it a try! You certainly don’t need expensive art supplies either. I hope my latest post isn’t too misleading with the bullet points in what to have in order to art journal. I was just listing the items I’m currently using.

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