7 March 2014
Having an art journal is something that I'm know I'm going to be doing for a long time. I love having the freedom of writing, painting, doodling, sketching whatever I want in it in whatever form - I don't even have to fill up every page. I know that it's been a real release for me when I want to lie down at the end of the day on my bed and in the early hours of the morning when I don't want to sleep. The pages are blank, there are no restricting lines or things you have to do - that's what I like best about it. You can go months without doing anything in it, and then in a few days you'll fill up about a third of the book. That's just the nature of it. I've collaborated some ideas of what you could put in it:
Tickets. Train, bus or ferry tickets to look back on and treasure! I stash these all away in my memory box or alternatively you can glue some of the best ones in your notebook. Also - concert tickets. Just blue tac them in if you don't want to commit to gluing them down (that goes for anything) or you could also stick in your movie tickets or if you've been on holiday stick in any tickets you've acquired through activities.
Photographs. Whether they are polaroids or photos printed out from your computer, it makes a cute touch to the book and you'll be happy you printed and saved them when you look back. Often it's difficult with having digital cameras that we barely get to actually look at our photographs and just have them stored away on a computer to forget about.
Dried Flowers. Go out in the garden and collect some flowers, stick them in fresh and close the book, or for a better result place the flowers in a big book and place something heavy on top, check back in a few months and you'll have beautiful dried flowers.
Dreams. As soon as you wake up, jot down that special dream you had that you never want to forget, or alternatively record it in the notes of your phone while it's fresh in your mind and later when you've got spare time, write it in the notebook.
Drawings. Use pencil, ink, pen, felt tips, paint. Anything. Make something abstract, unload your feelings on the page with whichever colours you feel like using, or simply watch T.V and draw anything that pops out at you if you're bored and looking for entertainment.
Something that made you smile. Jot down your favourite memory of the day that you want to remember, or stick in a cute note or card someone gave you. Even draw a scene of something that happened so you can remember your memories, that's important!
So if you haven't already I'd encourage you to go out and buy a cheap blank notebook and fill it up to your hearts galore, just don't go criticising every mark you make it in as it's about expressing yourself and not worrying about what it looks like. It's also a special treasure to keep your whole life and look back on it - especially if you're a teenager like me, you're going to get the essence of the good ol' teen angst days when you're forty.
© emma etc