Art journaling is
documenting a mix of illustration and the written word.
It is a way of incorporating language and visuals as a
means of capturing deeper expression.
This type of art and
documentation helps to create more of an insight into
the world that exists in the eyes of the artist creating
It is not
about being precise; in fact in many respects there can
often be a lot of questions being asked through the art
by the artist. It is kind of like a record
of the thinking process that is taking place in the
When I was travelling some
years ago I kept a travel journal that was basically a
series of day to day notes accompanied by illustrations
and pictures that I either drew or pasted into my travel
journal. It was a great way to creatively experiment as
well as keep a detailed record of my adventures around
Journaling your art is not
really about focusing on an outcome or a result. It's
somewhat of a never ending work in process; that is what
gives this type of art it's unique appeal.
Many artists, including
myself, keep a traditional art journal; where we
scribble our concept ideas into.
A lot of my images and
drawings have little ramblings in and along side the
pictures I draw. These are often great as reference
notes; that can be utilised to enhance the expressive
nature of producing a new painting.
As you may know, I'm a
traditional artist (paint on canvas) therefore I am not
really an expert in this particular field of art.
However, I do know of some folk that I am only too happy
to recommend as your guide(s) to further study in this
area of creativity...
Art Journaling Blogs & Reference
Danny Gregory is probably
what I regard as one of the best. You can check him out on his twitter page.
He posts new doodles and drawings quite
regularly. You can also check out his website via the
link in his
Daisy Yellow is
a great little site that will introduce you to the concept with relative ease.