I’ve been wanting to try my hand at art journaling for a few months. If you’re not sure what art journaling is, you can check out some basics at Balzer Designs. Basically, you take an art book, you lay down some sort of artwork…crayons, markers, paint, stamping, whatever…and then once it’s done, you cover it with journalling. Yes, you write all over your art.
Shocking for a left-brained somewhat perfectionist like me, I know.
I will confess, what I’m drawn too is not so much the journalling part. Rather, I’m enticed by a place to do something arty, try some different techniques…all without potentially messing up a beautiful scrapbook layout.
A very perfectionist approach, I think.
So as I was sitting here this morning, going through all the artsy and scrapbooky inspiration blogs that had filled up my Google Reader overnight, I came to a distinct realization. I don’t believe I can or will actually journal in the art journal. Oh sure, I might art-ify a quote or something. But write on my art? I can’t. Reason being:
1. It messes up the pretty picture I just may have made.
2. I don’t like to write out that much by hand.
I’m the person who balked at writing research note cards for term papers in school. My notes were typed. The occasions where I take a stab at fiction writing, are typed. You know how much I love lists? Yes, I often create them in a typed spreadsheet.
I know it seems odd. But it’s me. Blame it on being a child of a computer industry professional. We got our first PC when I was 8. The lamenting done about kids growing up with a computer? Hello…ME.
And so it is with great relief that I now absolve myself of any guilt over a need to hand-write any journalling. Besides, if I wrote in a journal, what would I have to talk to all of you about?