Some people use sketch books, some an art journal, but I have a visual diary. Having a diary to explore my inner world has less expectations built in. The word “diary” feels more comfortable than art journal or sketch book. A diary is your private space free from expectation or judgement.
That is what personal art is supposed to be, you playing in the creativesandbox just because you want to. We need shelter from all the expectations and responsibilities in our lives. A visual diary is the perfect get away.
In my diary I write notes, plan stuff, make lists, doodle, collage, and color. All of the pages are for me so I can process my thoughts. If I don’t like something, it’s ok because it doesn’t have to be perfect.
I am going to be sharing my diary pages for those who may feel intimidated with “art” and the creative process.
Art is a language first and foremost. It is the language of your inner wisdom. It should be used to connect your mind, body, soul and help you tell a story. It is not just a product to be sold – that is for a small number of people who thrive in that environment.
For the rest of us, we can breath a sigh of relief that our personal art is going in our diary, not on a wall.
Next week’s blog will be about why it’s important to have a space to process life.