Artsy craftsy

I have been BIG TIME into art journaling recently. As in, I love it. Maybe I’m loving the idea of it more than actually, you know, DOING it, since I seem to wax poetically about it while the journal sits on my desk WAITING for me to pick it up. I started in like gangbusters back in July, and have done a few pages on & off since then. I can’t leave my supplies out as the short person known as BUG, aka DESTRUCTO BOY, will redecorate my house if left to his own devices. Not that he’s ever left to his own devices when I’m on the computer. Ahem.

ANYWHO, I’m tired of just scribbling in indecipherable … scribbles … in my journals. Using collage and art hadn’t really occurred to me much beyond pasting in some interesting pictures or quotes here and there. But now, I’m ready for bits and pieces of THINGS. Found things. Bits of bark. Grass. Wrapping paper. Magazine clippings. PAINT. Markers. You name it. I used to keep my journals all nice & neat. Can’t break the spine so it won’t close anymore, right? WRONG. NOT ANY MORE. The more crammed and messy it is, the better I think I will like it.

This is a new thing for me. I think it started when I bought a copy of Wreck This Journal. It got me out of my comfort zone and into seeing just about anything as a possibility for art. Since then, I’ve been more open to mixing up my journaling. And I’ve participated in a couple of e-zines about art journaling, which just whet my appetite even more. Now I’m seeking books & art journalers & blogs & putting things into my RSS reader so I can be inspired and amazed at what others are doing.

I’m not anywhere near ready to call myself an artist. Or ARTEEST. Writer, yes. I’m comfortable with that mantle, even though it took quite a few years and an English degree for that to be easily bandied about. But art? This art? New to me. If I could do that and write all day and make a living at it? BLISS.

Let’s work on these things in itsy-bitsy steps, mmmkay?

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6 Responses
  1. Heather (1 comments.) says:

    I don’t think it ever occurred to me to “wreck” a journal. It’s a good idea though. I felt fairly confined writing in my journals when I kept them. I don’t really journal anymore outside of the little slices of my life on my blog. I should start again. Thanks for the inspiration.
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Cold Weather Haiku =-.

    • becky says:

      Oh you should try it – it’s quite fun! I seem to remember a group of bloggers was doing it together as a project, but I don’t remember where I saw it.

      Anyway, it’s pretty cool. That same author has other books that sound interesting, too.

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  4. JMom (2 comments.) says:

    What an awesome idea! I have heard of people doing this on their journals but I’ve never been ‘artsy’ like you are. I doodle on my journal too but never this pretty :) I’ve also gotten out of writing in journals since I started blogging. You just made me think of picking it up again.
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    • becky says:

      Thank you. It really is a lot of fun. I used to just pour out word after word, but the pages are so boring. I still do that when I really need to get something out, but find I am more contemplative when I decorate the page a bit. Doodling helps me think. :)