When I work from home, I can incorporate journaling/art journaling into a daily-ish routine. But, if I’m up and out of the house by 7:15am, like I was most of this summer, chances are I won’t get to it. Other things, like prepping art lessons, take a lot of my creative energy and the thought of slapping paint on a page for myself seems like a great a feat.
But this little daily journal is different. I haven’t given it a specific purpose like for my floral series (which is sitting waiting for me) or for a specific art course. It is different mostly because I’ve gone right back to keeping it for myself. I have a list of possibilities for it like the lists I used to give my students for their writing journals.
In this journal I can… create fun spreads, explore color, write down my favorite words and quotes, …
jot down notes, write my daily musings and reflections, document the small and big things. I can go back to forgotten things…
I can keep track of the books I’m reading, songs I’m loving, and goals I’m planning to keep.
I can slap paint around if I wish, and create spreads inspired by my favorite artists or whatever tickles my fancy.
There are no rules. I can write and create as little or as much as I wish in the moment. This freedom is what got me journaling in the first place. It has enabled a practice even during the weeks I’m out teaching.
This little journal is bringing me so much joy lately.