So I am a total newb when it comes to art journaling. I've always wanted to be a journaler. You know, the kind who sits down every day with a quill in hand and by candle light, records his daily life happenings, epic romances, jousting wins, damsels saved, proposals made, battles won, police boxes discovered, potions tests passed, sparkly people met.. . Well. I totally fail at that... (and not because I don't live in one of my favorite books)
I can't tell you how many expensive journals I have started and stopped over the last decade!!! (really, it's embarrassing) Travel journaling is more my style and now I sort of do a part travel journal/junk journal/smash book style and part art journal and part regular old writing journal!!! I feel like I am hitting my stride finally. I find myself a few times a day just wanting to open my journal and start playing.
First. I like a small journal. I always wanted to have one epic large hard bound leather record of my life but that's just not me!!! I use Field Notes for my journals. They are small. 3 1/2 by 5 1/2. They travel wonderfully and so far have taken abuse really well!!! I like that I don't have a lot of space to fill. It makes me less anxious and I love that I can have a complete journal in as little as a month. They come in a variety of cover choices. Most are graph but some are lined or blank, which for me I have learned doesn't even really matter because I never leave my pages white anymore!!! I love that I can keep it in my Traveler's Notebook style cover and that I don't have to worry about it getting banged up.
I love seeing the progression of my skills as well. From my first completed FN journal to my current one I'm working in. I love that often I don't like my page. And I leave it and go back later and add another layer and eventually it's all magic.
I love that I can do no wrong. That I can cover up what I don't like and try again. And honestly. Those pages I don't like at first? Almost always become my favorites later on.
Whatcha think??? Have you tried journaling yet? What's stopping you? Tips and tutorials to follow!!!