Even Hopelessly Unartistic People Can Have an Art Journal

I’ve gotten a few questions about my art journal.

I think of myself as a creative person, but not an artistic one.

I’ve never taken a single art class.

Up until a month or two ago, I had never drawn anything other than a stick figure.

So, what am I doing playing with an art journal?

What IS an art journal?

And, for that matter, why would an unartistic person want to have one?

I started off coloring in an adult coloring book to keep me busy on some long flights.

Then, I challenged myself to learn to draw a “real” face.

I discovered I actually CAN learn how to do a few artsy-type things if I put my mind to it.


A person I painted in my art journal!

I’ve always thought people are either born artistic or not.

It turns out art is a lot like photography.

Sure, the truly talented folks stand out from the rest.

But *anyone* can learn a handful of basic skills and improve quite a bit with some practice.

butterflyAJ © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Collage with inks, stamps, old newspaper – from my art journal.

I wish I had more time to devote to learning art – and many other things also.

Time, however, is something I never have enough of.

I decided an art journal might be a nice, small, project to take on.

Art has been proven to be good for your brain, your health, and your mental well being.

I may not have a LOT of time, but I can try to devote a little.

You can make an art journal out of anything.

I use a mixed media book, but you can make one from loose leaf paper, an old book, and/or a multitude of other things.

Also, you can do whatever you want IN your art journal once you have one.

Some people use them as “journals” and write a lot … sketching in them also only when they feel like it.

On the other end of the spectrum are people who do nothing BUT art in their art journals … and never write/journal anything.

I’ve seen examples of art journals with every type of art imaginable in them -including photographs!

People collage, draw, paint, sculpt, sew, glue, etc., etc.

I was surprised to see so many people who can’t draw keeping beautiful, amazing, art journals.

(Why did I think you had to know how to draw to have an art journal?)

An art journal is nothing more than a book of some type.

You can put anything you want in it.

And …?

If you don’t like what you’ve done, you can either paint over the entire page and begin again.

Or, you can flip to a new page instead.

No one ever has to “see” your mistakes and blunders.

I only get small snippets of time to play in my art journal.

And, I figure the first couple journals I fill up will be art disasters.

I think it’s okay.

Who really cares if I fill up a book with bad art?

It’s fun.

It’s relaxing.

And … if all the research is correct, I’m doing something good for my brain in the process.

2 Responses to “Even Hopelessly Unartistic People Can Have an Art Journal”

  1. Michelle

    I love the carefree look on your painted girl. And your reasoning. Anything that is relaxing and creative is good for the brain.

    • Suzanne

      I imagine it is.
      It’s interesting though because they’ve “discovered” art-play reduces Alzheimers and does all sorts of good things for your brain. I never knew ….


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