Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite – getting something down.
Let go of linear time.
We tend to live our lives in such structured and disciplined ways, where the clock rules our every moment, we lose touch with the freedom of being in the moment. Art journals and art making in general enlivens the part of our brains where we let go of time and experience the innately creative selves that we are.
Many of us find our daily activities a grind without as much time to focus on aesthetics, feeling, and creativity.
The time we spend making art journals is our time and our opportunity to be free from the constraint of our obligations to perform, be perfect, and to please others.
Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.
Keep a journal in your purse or on your person.
One of my favorite places to work on my art journal is a local cafe. Over a latte, I simply allow myself to get in touch with what is on my mind and start writing, drawing, or doodling. I begin to get clear on how I feel and what my place is in the world. Sometimes I save spaces to later add in collage, paint or photos. Often, I have a glue stick and some scissors in my bag along with a magazine and actually add collage elements then and there. Sometimes, people will become intrigued and ask me what I’m up to. When they take a look at my art journal process, they often go out and by a journal of their own.
Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.
Surprising ourselves is part of the fun of making art. We don’t need to know the outcome, we just need to start and the outcome will take care of itself.
If you need some inspiration to get unblocked, I recommend, Julia Cameron’s, “The Artists Way.”
She offers tips on getting in touch with our creative energy, moving beyond our creative blocks, and living an authentic and creative life.