Posts tagged art journaling
When what I make isn't pretty and doesn't make sense

I often share with people who ask me about art journaling and how I use it, it's okay to make things that aren't "pretty".

I share about layering, painting over pages, showing up to the page with no judgement, and letting go of perfection. I practice all of those things in my own journaling process and wouldn't share them if I didn't believe them.

Lately, I’ve been struggling with that, though.

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The Face Book

A Strathmore toned gray sketchbook is where I did the necessary work of confronting my fear of creating faces. I call it the Face Book.

I'd reached a point creatively where my fear was getting in my way. I was frustrated by my lack of knowledge and inability to create what and how I needed to. I was so frustrated, in fact, that I was intensely discouraged. 

Then came the Face Book.

I'd purchased the little Strathmore sketchbook some time ago during a sale at a local store. One day I picked it up and decided to create as many "ugly" faces as I needed to so I could become comfortable with the challenge of creating them. Creating things over and over again is basically what an artistic study is, so this would be mine. 

My practice was my curiosity in action. 

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