I’ve been keeping a daily art journal now for about six weeks (thank you again, Jill, for your wise suggestion)! I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to look back at my own little art history in this cool little book.
So, for the letter Y, I thought I would encourage all of you to do the same. I guess diaries are ok. But how many of us have tried and failed to keep one? I know I have, countless times. This is different. This is pure fun. It’s a great excuse to drag out the art supplies for a bit while watching the ball game, or before going to sleep at night. Or whenever!
Take this drawing, for example. I was very tired; it was time for bed. Then I realized that I almost forgot my art journal entry (egads)! It’s messy; it was done in a hurry. Ink can’t be erased, blah blah blah. But it’ll make me smile every time I see this pretty flower. Will it ever be framed? Of course not. But that’s what an art journal is about. It’s art without pressure. Art for pure fun. Art like a first grader, purely for the joy of doing it!
I’ve mentioned before that I love the Strathmore visual art journals. You can find a selection of them here. They take light watercolor washes, collage, Tombow markers and more, all without bleeding (and very little buckling, if any). They’re inexpensive and portable. They come in all sizes, with all different types of paper. I promise you hours of fun and (hopefully) months and years of memories to look back on forever. Something to pass down to your kids, friends, people who want to remember you! Best of all, it’s for you. No matter what your skill level, you will improve with a daily practice. No one has to see it, so who cares if it looks good or not? Just my two cents.
Happy Saturday, thanks for reading, and I wish YOU time for YOU today. And I hope all of the dads have a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. I’ll be making gluten free crabcakes with Maryland crab meat. Looking forward to it! 😀 Peace, love, and lots of arty goodness to you and yours.