To break up my “serious” art studies, I have started doing mixed media journal pages using the books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage by Dina Wakley for inspiration and techniques. I don’t have a lot of experience with doing this type of artwork, but it feels a little bit like doing art in elementary school…which means it’s fun and uninhibited, just splashing and scribbling without worrying too much (I’m trying).
After a difficult day painting, where nothing seemed to go my way and I was questioning my audacity at trying to be an artist, I decided to do a journal page as therapy. I needed a win…or at least to create something without the stress of drawing accuracy. Of course, it’s still good to consider colors, composition, and all the rest of art’s “rules,” but when doing journaling I get to consider my mistakes as happy accidents that contribute to a unique look…and sometimes that is just what I need.
So I got out old materials I haven’t used in years (or let kids use at will) and some new additions (is there anything more fun than shopping for art supplies? Not much): markers, acrylics (still getting used to those), stamps, pastels (love!), crayons, watercolors, inks, stencils, gesso, spray paint…pretty much anything goes. Reading through an exercise in the books, I happily make a huge mess on my dining room table creating a journal page.
Of course, I still worry too much about how it turns out, but it’s a journal page, not a “serious” art piece, so I tell myself to relax. It’s so fun, and just what I need to balance out the stress of my other, more demanding art classes, while still being creative. Win, win!