I am so excited about my upcoming Art Journaling class at the Petaluma Arts Center! For those of you who have already registered--we are going to have so much fun! For those of you who haven't registered yet and are on the fence--please join us! It will be so much fun to have you in class. There is still time to register and seats available but seating is limited, so act today! You can register here or call 707-762-5600 to register over the phone.
As I've been preparing for class during the past month, I've been busily gathering supplies and materials, putting together cool projects for us to make in class and working in my own journal. While I've been doing all of this, I've been thinking about why people keep journals, in particular, art journals. I've come across lots of examples of art journals and the variety is astounding, from keeping sample books of colors, designs and fabrics to recording every day life events, thoughts & feelings to drawing/painting/collaging. Throughout history, artists like Frida Kahlo, Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Picasso and many, many others have kept art journals. So, what can keeping an art journal do for you?
- Exercise your creativity and give you a place to experiment. Keeping an art journal that is just for you, can give you a safe place to experiment and practice different techniques. It's important to warm up before doing anything and your art journal can give you a place to do just that as well as a place to play.
- Find and use your voice. If you're needing a place to be able to say something or if your unable to express yourself in just words, your art journal is the place to find and use your voice. For this reason, you can keep your art journal completely private or you can share what you feel comfortable with. It's up to you!
- Play! Sometimes is just sheer fun to play with paint, ink, collage or drawing in a journal. It doesn't really have to be any more important than that!
As always, I welcome your comments and questions about the art journaling class coming up or art or art journaling in general. Feel free to use the contact form, email me or leave a comment below!