A few weeks ago I decided to treat myself to a book I bought from Amazon, "The Diary of Frida Kahlo, An Intimate Self Portrait.  Of course there is copyright on the book's content but I am posting just a few of the pages for the purposes of education which is legal. Many TAC members are wanting to try art journaling but can't help but feel that maybe its even more pressure to create a great work of art or that maybe they have to have some plan enforced before they begin to work on the first page. But that's not so. Art journals are visual diaries and express the emotions, thoughts and imaginings of the author. The pages can be filled with pencil sketches, collages from magazines, handwritten dialogue and the list goes on.

Frida's journal often found it's way in bed with her when she was recovering from the many painful surgeries she had throughout her short life. She used a variety of mediums, coloured pencils, inks, washes, crayons, Contes and gouache. Some of the pages of her diary are so explosive in bold colours that I think she was trying to simply express her pain. In one of the pages I'm showing here you can see where she points to the amputation of her leg below the knee joint and on the following page all that violent colour. And this is just what a journal is and anyone can journal. It should be complete freedom of expression.  If you are thinking this is something you'd benefit from then what are you waiting for? Dive in and enjoy!

A few pages of Frida Kahlo's Journal :

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