“There is no use trying,” said Alice. “One can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” — Lewis Carroll
I was going to write a post about this quote today but decided to go in a different direction. Art journaling has been on my brain quite a bit in the past week or so. I have always admired art journal pages I’ve seen in digital scrapbooking galleries but wasn’t really sure I could go there. I really wanted to try but I wasn’t sure how. However, the theme at Masterful Scrapbook Design is art journaling this month and it was the topic at The Digi Show too last week too! That’s a double dose of Tangie Baxter – woot!
I learned something about art journaling as I was reading and listening and (designing something else entirely) – there are NO RULES for art journaling. It is about inner expression through art. For me, this might in part mean making journal pages with quotes on them. I really love quotes but I tend to forget them. I like to highlight the books I read for good quotes. The other day I was reading and actually said aloud, “who doesn’t LOVE a great idea?” A quote or an idea is a great jumping off point for me because I love to let my brain go on little bunny trails of related ideas. So that’s what I did with this quote!
Presenting my first art journal page:
The quote is in there, along with something else I think about when I hear the word “impossible.” There are a lot of thoughts and symbols on this page that communicate through creative expression more than words, including the the sun painting at the bottom – it’s a watercolor creation that my seven-year-old daughter made for me as I was working on this project – I just threw it down on my scanner and then incorporated it into the bottom. I love that!
I think I could EASILY get hooked on digital art journaling. I love to work through my thoughts and ideas and have many written journals. I rarely read through them later on because some of it is rambling (OK a LOT of it is rambling). Also, I’ve gotten really spoiled by reading ebooks that are totally searchable – all I need is a word or a snippet to go grab what I’m looking for. But I do yearn to not have to learn the same lessons over and over again (especially spiritually) and think that creating art journal pages might be a good way to express myself AND cement some of what I learn into my being. I do enjoy looking at my digital pages fairly frequently and think adding art journal pages into my flickr album would be a great way to review what I am learning or what I was thinking or feeling when I created a particular page. I created the above page at 8”x10” with the intent of printing it and placing it into a spiral bound sketch book where I can add any words or thoughts or feelings on the facing (blank) page. For example, I have a somewhat impossible situation going on with a certain teenage girl that I love. In my sketch book, I will just write her name, one word about her situation and the date. That will be more than enough to remember why I am praying for her and why I am depending on God to fix this impossible situation. I know I will derive more meaning from this visual cue than paragraphs and paragraphs of what is going on in a written journal.
Hopefully I will be posting pages here on my blog when I have creativity quotes or thoughts that might have appeal to my readers. I would love to hear if any of you are doing art journaling too! If you are, please leave me a comment to your gallery or blog if you are posting online!
Page credits: Spiced Chai Latte by Amy Hutchinson, Oh Cherry Cheri by ABCDelf, Charmed by Amber Clegg, Unique Junque by Christine Smith, First Love by Armina, Soul Whispers by Angie Young,
Sunset at the bottom is a scanned watercolor by my 7 yr old daughter