"If you’re going to be a writer,
the first essential is just to write.
Do not wait for an idea.
Start writing something
and the ideas will come.
You have to turn the faucet on
before the water starts to flow."
~ Louis L’Amour
[posting an oldie but goodie from january 2010]
A variety of wicked tricks to psych out your inner perfectionist (so you can get to creating art). In time, you will become more confident and comfy about your art journal work, and you can pitch this list!
- Get out random art stuff, do a simple art journal page, and throw it away.
- Hide a page you want to destroy. Revisit your decision in a week.
- Use some of your pages in other stuff... cut into ATCs (artist trading cards), gesso over the page, add layers, cut it into strips for collage or paper weaving.
- Hating your art is a useful clue. Crappy mood? Need sleep? Paint uncooperative? Arm tired?
- Instead of an "art journal" which is bound, I highly recommend using heavy cardboard (i.e. Sunflower Kaleidoscope) single pages of Strathmore drawing paper (i.e. Art Journal: Summer) or watercolor paper (i.e. Faded Blue). You can face a single page when you aren't all wound up about "ruining" your book.
- Use an art journal prompt to get started. Stick to the prompt.
- Start with a simple journal rather than the gorgeous leather-bound, monogrammed italian journal you received as a gift.
- Do something completely ridiculous on the page. IT'S YOUR ART.
- Let kids design your background!
- Try some creative experiments to venture beyond your comfort zone.
Grab some info on Art Journaling Materials and pop over to Art Journaling 101 for the basics on art journaling and there's even Art Journaling 101 for Kids/Teens and Other Beginners!