After a period of great work stress, I'm on a break now. I work with young children, term time only and so here in the UK it's the Easter holidays. I'm up for two weeks of family time, arting and hopefully gardening, oh yeah, and an assignment to write (I'm a mature student, more of that later).
So, this morning I started decorating the cover of a handmade journal from my good friend HK (see post "Random Art of Kindness"), we have done a journal exchange and I've been busy personalising the outside of mine. I love it, I love the whole journal as it was made especially for me by someone I care about.
This is why I want to make art journals to sell, so that people can buy them knowing they have been made with love, care and with the intention of being a means of self-expression. With an art journal, the possibilities are endless, there are no rules and it's all about the pure joy of creation. For me, art is also about unravelling your true self, seeing your mind, emotions, fears, thoughts, desires, hopes, dreams and everything else that makes up you being laid out. You get to play with that, explore it, express it and share it if you so choose. Many people do, that's one of the beautiful things about the art journaling/mixed media community, we choose to share it all because, for many, to be an artist is to be in touch with the self and not be afraid by what is revealed.
So, quite something for what appears to be a place to doodle and make a mess ;)
Happy arting everyone.