Do any of you do any kind of art journaling? What do you use it for? Do you write in yours?
I have a thing that I tend to call an art journal for lack of a better word. I rarely write in mine, but I don't really have a better way to describe it. When I do write in it, I tend to bury the writing under layers of other stuff. I primarily use mine to play around in, to think things over on paper, and to try things out that feel awkward about. I usually start with a background of either a solid color of paint or a gel print and then kind of mess around with bits of mark-making and color, sometimes stencils/stamps. Sometimes I draw in it, but it's usually not the focus of the thing.
When I first started doing this, I was interested in the idea of mixed-media art but felt absurd about trying it. Working in book form felt way less intimidating. And as an ongoing thing, it's much easier to squeeze in a little time here and there in this format than with an Actual Project. I sometimes feel like I default to working in the journal a little too much, though, inasmuch as I hardly ever get any actual finished pieces done 😄 and I could use to break out of my comfort zone so often.
But it's nice to have that comfort zone, too. I recently kind of didn't do much of anything creative for the better part of a month, and I was able to crack the journal open and start messing around in it without dithering hugely over what I wanted to do, which is a nice feeling.