The Joy of Making Messes


It’s no secret to anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while. I’ve struggled with art journaling. Although I’ve always loved the concept and have gazed in awe at the beautiful journal pages other artists have created, I’ve never been able to embrace the practice for myself.

Until recently, that is. Yes, I’m learning to appreciate art journaling, because at long last, I’ve learned ways of making it truly my own. That’s the key, I think. Art journals should be meaningful. Without that personal connection to what we create and how it reflects who we are, art journaling is little more than a messy creative pastime.

But with meaning added, all that mess becomes beautiful. It becomes exciting. It becomes adventurous, daring, and very, very personal. These are the qualities we should have in an art journal, and these are the very things my attempts were lacking.


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