The dutch word for artjournal should be kunstdagboek, but globalistst that we are ( 😉 ) we use the word artjournal. And work in an artjournal we call artjournaling. 😉
The first time I heard the word artjournaling was in a dutch facebookgroup about MixedMedia.
Pages and pages and pages were shown of artjournals. They all had whimsical faces on them. Round heads with a lot of strange stuff in their hair ( copied from Finnabair I know now), big bambi-like eyes with straight lines around it for eyelashes, a strange white nose and a small mouth with thick lips. And don’t forget a long thin neck like a swan. yeah. Even a Barbiedoll looks lifelike compared to these “whimsical girls”.
And then there were spreads… before that I knew the word spread only from Heinz sandwichspread.
Now I learned that if you draw such a whimsical girl and you spread the background and the hair over 2 pages it was called a spread. Ah, so enlightening !
I could not understand what it had to do with journaling and I could not see what it had to do with art either.
Later, on Pinterest, I discoverred that art journaling came from keeping a diary and making art around it as an illustration. It ‘evolved’ to a kind of moodboard with words scribbled over it. And later it was allowed to be artjournaling without words. I did see some great pieces of work, but I kept wondering why one should wish to make good art in a book no one could leave through and most of the times with non waterproof materials from sometimes very bad quality.
Okay, I admit, I am cynical.
Do I have an art journal?
Yes I have.
Do I use it as a diary?
No, I don’t, most pages are not dated.
Do I make art in it?
I use my artjournal to paint leftovers of paint on pages, I put wet stencils between pages to put them out of the way of the artwork I am working on. And when I like the random outcome of that I sometimes work on that page to make it more fun to look at.
Like in this page:
I do use my artjournal to try out if pencils are as waterproof as the manufacturer says.
Sometimes I enjoy myself with making drawings with those pencils that are not waterproof, like this:
Sometimes I use my artjournal to try out ideas for altered or artistbooks I am working on, like these:
This ^ one is a try out for “From Tears to Light”.
This ^one is a tryout for my book Time and the River.
Sometimes I use my artjournal to try out new stuff I bought, in this case stencils designed by Seth Apter:
And past few days I have enjoyed my self by stamping with my handcarved abstract stamps, all but one made from erasers.
Handcarving stamps from erasers, I love to do that, especially in a shady place on hot days with a pitcher with cool water and some slices of lemnon sitting next to me and the hum of bees and bumblebees around me.
Oooo, how I long for summer to come!