There really is something about glitter that captivates me! It could be that I can sprinkle it all over anything and everything, and it gets all over my clothes and the carpeting and my socks . . . . and then my whole world sparkles. Or it might be my way of showing the world that I can (in my own small way) be as quirky and eccentric as I want to be, and it’s all legal. Or perhaps it is just that, since my painting skills leave much to be desired, a sprinkle of glitter will cover up a multitude of mistakes and no one will notice.
I don’t know, but I LOVE glitter!
So as I was working on my January calendar page for my art journal, I decided that I wanted it to be blue and purple, and of course white for snow, and it just seemed perfect that silver glitter would make my little artsy winter world beautiful. Well, my snowman isn’t all that amazing, but with a bit of glitter, some purple yarn for a scarf with a silver button, and a black top hat . . . . he’s just right for this page in my art journal.
I’ve looked at lots of other art journals, to get inspiration and just to see how other people make theirs (and WHY people make art journals . . . . is there any actual practical value to decorating a bunch of pages in a blank book?) – and it is so fun to see what’s out there. Some artists use their art journals for doodling, some for painting, some for smashing together a wide variety of mediums and junk, some to see how much embellishments can fit into a blank book and still close, and others actually use their art journal calendar for . . . . a calendar!
- Art is therapeutic. In the absence of a resident therapist, if you are the kind of person who tends to get “stuck” in your own thoughts, an art journal has an amazing ability to allow you to express your thoughts in a way that is non-threatening. No one else needs to see (or hear) what you are thinking if you don’t want them to, but all that “junk” has a place to reside outside of your brain so it is much less toxic than if you just keep stuffing it to the back of your mental and emotional closet.
- Art is inspirational. For those of us who have an interest in the spiritual aspect of life, art has a way of touching the inner soul, much like music or poetry. So even if you can’t sing, or if you don’t feel like you are a writer, get out a paint brush, or some paper, scissors, and glue (and some GLITTER!) and start playing. It is really good for the soul!
Art is inherently orderly. I know it may not seem like it, but based on the idea that God is the Creator of the universe, and we are created in His image, every human being is creative. Logic tells me that, again based on what is visible in God’s creation, the world is orderly . . . . trees don’t grow upside down and rivers don’t run up hill . . . . all the laws of nature are, by God’s design, predictable and as such, we can depend on them. That sounds like security to me! So – all of that is to say that I think there is value in making art for whatever reason YOU might want to make it. I am planning to make my art journal this year both therapeutic and functional. There will be a calendar for each month, but in between I will have room for all the other quirky stuff I want to do. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect project to work on during the bitterly cold days (like today) of January and February? And then, once I’ve got a good start on it, I will (hopefully) be having so much fun that I’ll still want to play with my art journal on those glorious days of spring and the golden days of summer and the brilliant days of autumn . . . . and then it will be winter again!
If you are thinking about starting an art journal, you can start any time of the year, but it is fun to start in January. It gives you something creative to be working on all year long! I would love to see your art journal, so be sure to let me know what you are up to and I’ll stop by for a visit. Have a wonderful week and stay warm! (It is so cold here in NE Indiana that I’ve been working all day at the computer in an extra-heavy sweater, wool sox, and fingerless gloves – hope it’s not that cold by you!)