Would you like to take advantage of art journal benefits so you can explore your creativity and exercise your brain at the same time?

If you answered yes, keep reading.  If you answered no, read anyways, I don’t know of anyone that can’t use some creativity an drain exercise at the same time 🙂

Are you one of these people?

  • visual artist
  • retiree
  • arts and crafter
  • jewelry designer
  • writer
  • scrapbooker
  • chef
  • baby booty designer
  • portrait artist
  • personal or business coach
  • photographer
  • landscape painter
  • graphic designer
  • web designer
  • dog trainer
  • parent or grandparent
  • archaeologist
  • inventor

ok, so with the last two entries, I was thinking of Dr. Daniel Jackson from the TV show Stargate and my visit to the Michelangelo exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario in late 2014.  This list is just a sample, anyone can benefit from art journaling, doesn’t matter who or what you are.

Types of Art Journals and Art Journal Benefits

Many people keep journals, some on a daily, weekly, monthly or sporadic basis.  You can buy journals from book stores, Michaels, the $ store and you can even make your own.  I have many free videos on how to make your own journals, including one from recycled weekly flyers.

You can document your daily life, quotes, designs for new art pieces, thoughts for a new book, sketches and thoughts of a scene you want to paint or a wire-frame design of a website you are designing.    You can do stream of consciousness writing to help empty out your brain.  Here’s a question for you:  Why would an archaeologist and inventor have so many journals?

art journal benefits

Faces Journal

This is my faces journal where I draw nothing by facial elements.

I always work in this first before starting  a formal drawing.

art journal benefits with a kitchen journal

Kitchen Journal

This is my kitchen journal where I’ll design and create painting studies before crafting the formal kitchen artwork.

art journal benefits include drawing better with time

Portrait of Rachel and Charlie

Using my faces journal, I did a lot of sketches of Rachel, worked out proportions, hair, values and skin tone.  It’s not always about writing in a journal, but using an art journal as a tool to improve not only your brain, but your skills.

Art Instructor Kit

Side Note:  the study of the apple was used as reference in an art kit featuring painting lessons I designed in book and video formats.

What if You Don’t Want to Write?

So what if you don’t want to write about your personal life, but want to express yourself in an art journal?  I say, more power to you!   You use your art journal any way you want.  If you want to use it for doodling, why not!   When I’m taking a break and find myself on the sofa, I reach down into a journal I always keep on the table, grab my pencil and sketch whatever Joe is watching on TV.  Because TV shows move so fast, I sketch fast to keep up and I’ve make some of the most amazing sketches that I’ve been able to use as prints for other forms of art.  Other times, if the news is on, I will make a fast sketch of the topic and write my feelings whether they are positive or negative.

I’ll Let You in on Two Secrets

  • I have a journal that I do nothing in it but draw “eyes”.   yes eyes… it’s kinda creepy, but I feel so good about myself when I draw them in my journal and they look so amazing.  Sometimes, I’ll write a few notes about my thoughts during the drawing and what I need to work on.
  • I’m obsessed with making art journals.  Here’s a photo of my current stash of journals I’m working in.
art journal collection

Enjoy the Journey, Embrace the Imperfections

I personally think that art journaling is more about the process and not the finished piece.  Taking words, colours, bits and bobs of papers, stamps and other stuff, bring them all together with layers, cover ups, rub outs, writing, stamping, scribbling, more layers and I can go on and on and on…with each step, your creation evolves into something new.  Designing your products using colourful pencils and markers can bring your ideas one step closer to reality.  Sketch out a composition for that award winning photograph you’re planning on taking.

If you are tight for time, have no fear.  You don’t need to finish a page in one day, I have art journals that I’ve been working on for months and some I’ve even re-purposed into new art journals.  You can work at your own pace, at anytime, anywhere you can sit comfortably and have access to a few of your supplies and you can even work in your pj’s if you want.

Creative Business Journal

Here is my art journal for a creative business course I was taking.

The Art Police is Not Invited to This Party

  • you don’t have to be gifted with drawing or art skills
  • you don’t have to spend hours writing down your thoughts
  • you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on supplies
  • there are no rules
  • nobody can tell you that you’re doing it wrong
  • the only rule (yes I lied) is to have fun and just get down on paper what’s on your mind.  If you’re stuck for ideas on what to create in your art journal, join the Art Place private Facebook group for a new art prompt delivered every day.

What did you think?

So now that you’ve had time to absorb this, what ways do you think you could use art journaling in your personal or business life?