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The Art Journal – What, Why, How? – Guest Blogger Sabrina Bradley

February 19, 2016

Art journaling has caught on in a big way. There are dozens of books and websites dedicated to it, there are even magazine publications about it. So what is an art journal? Quite simply an art journal is a sketchbook, filled with playful and thoughtful expression, generally including both visuals and text – a multi-media catchall that can be as narrowly or broadly defined as you care to make it.

Art Journals can be kept for a specific purpose (based on a theme or to develop a project) or they can be a visually expressive diary, recording moments of your life, reflections, dreams and goals. Expanding the practice of journaling to include visuals increases creativity and has the benefit of changing your mental focus. It’s fun, healthy and validating! There are no rights or wrongs. No one else will create what you can.

There are no rights or wrongs – but there are better and worse options for media you might use, and there are infinite techniques to employ. Next weekend, February 27 & 28, Gail will be teaching Start an Art Journal here at the center. Check it out if you are interested in getting started with art journaling. This is not a drawing class, but will focus on design techniques for the sketchbook. Read the course brochure for details.

Below are a few spreads from one of Gail’s many sketchbooks.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Penny Peters permalink
    February 19, 2016 2:23 am

    Love these pages! The color is amazing!

  2. February 20, 2016 3:17 am

    Sounds like a fun course and I agree with Penny, wonderful pages!


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