The art of journaling
May I tell you a story?
I’ve been doing a lot of art journaling lately.
And I absolutely adore it.
It helps me to relax. It reminds me of being nine and it makes life easy and simple.
Does that sound weird? Or recognizable :)
Why am I telling you this now?
If you don’t want to find yourself, one day, curled up in a ball in a wardrobe, eating chocolate mousse straight out of a pot, you’ll need to set aside time for relaxation.
In other words: START JOURNALING.
Now here’s what everyone gets wrong about art journaling.
we think it’s extremely difficult
we think it’s for quirky artists or intelligent writers only
we think we need a lot of expensive art supplies
we think it will piss us off because we simply can’t make the beautiful stuff we see every day on Pinterest
actually, it scares most of us right out of our unicorn pants
So I’ve got a hack for you.
Art journaling is easy & magical, and it makes you feel even better than lying down on a couch and listening to whale sounds. And you DON’T need expensive art supplies.
You can do this and you can learn it.
Hmmmm. That's an interesting one.
Feel free to follow along because I’ll tell you more later.
Now it’s time for something completely different.
Just curious: what REALLY happened today?
go for a walk?
Or was it more like:
you got up tired and annoyed (thank God there was coffee)
you got into the car yawning and eating
you were typing text messages while driving home
you went to the supermarket
you helped the kids with their homework
you phoned your mother-in-law, meanwhile checking your Instagram (admit)
you watched Netflix (what else?)
Tomorrow I’ll do this differently. Then I will…
go to the gym
say NO more often
buy a hand-stitched notebook
go for a walk in the woods
tidy up with Marie Kondo
stop eating sweets
Is this you?
It's time for a kick in the ass.
Feeling uncomfortable now?
You are a dandelion. A stem with one hundred and six strands of fluff (those are your ideas).
The wind blows away half of the fluff. Oh noooo. But there are some left. You continue living, dreaming and postponing what you once wanted. (When I grow up, then ...) You can’t and won't choose and you're incredibly busy.
The wind comes again. There are only three strands of fluff left… But… that was not what you wanted.
Welcome to the land of homo ludens: the creative person or artist. Let's be honest. This is about you and me and a thousand others. Most of us have a complicated relationship with fear and doubt and it’s oddly painful. We don’t want to make choices, because when we do, we have to let go of something else. Which idea is the best? What if this idea isn't successful AT ALL? In the end, you don't make the leap. It’s nice and safe not to.
It's not your fault.
ALL artists have to deal with that.
The solution? Don't wait until a choice is made for you. YOU CHOOSE. Get started. Work out your chosen idea. Write it down. Draw it. Whatever. When you make yourself do this, everything will get easier. It's a whole different ball game.
And then, before you know it ... something unexpected happens. Something beautiful. You’ll do a happy dance.
Now it's time for Maria and The Art Beat Peptalk.
You're a goddess
Imagine. You have a creative sister (Maria is her name and she draws even better than you). She calls you on a Sunday morning, sighing:
I'm so bored and irritated
I create ugly things
My future is bleak
I'm driven by fear
I'm so darn jealous of other artists
I'm mercilessly uncreative
I've stopped growing because it's scary
What are you going to say? *
☐ Sis, you're right. You’re a hobbyist and the only thing you’re able to do is draw toothbrushes
☐ Sis, you’re so wrong. YOU'RE A GODDESS! Amen.
(Sorry, did my booming voice wake you up?)
* tick the right bo
Give Maria and yourself wings
There is a solution. For both of you. On Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 April The Art Beat Club is organizing a masterclass in art journaling for beginner and advanced artistic adventurers. You'll learn a lot and it's gonna be fun.
Learn how to create an art journal and:
change from a boring person into a creative star
create new possibilities
it will make you feel organized and in control (seriously)
get rid of obstacles & doubts
work out your best ideas
stay jealous of other artists (don’t raise your eyebrow; sometimes it's a good thing)
become mercilessly creative
become a dare-devil
above all: enjoy all this
Not a world-class artist or feeling stuck? This is for you!
Not a dare-devil? This is for you!
Not completely comfortable about your art? This is for you!
If you'd like to come, we'd love to have you. Spaces are limited.
Click here to register.
You want details? Sure. You can find them here.
So. Now go find your pens. They need you.
And let me know if you have any questions. I'm happy to help.
May the force be with you. Always.