Hello, this is going to sound kind of stupid, but I guess that's me anyhow, I need to use a journal at college, it is viewed by the tutors, art journals look interesting and colourful but I'm worried that if I cover it in cut outs and embellishments that it will be viewed as childish, My journal up to now looks very much like an illustrated schoolbook and some drawings and scales but quite cold and impersonal.
Does anyone know what I should and shouldn't b putting in it, I wanna do stuff but am afraid of being viewed wrongly.

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No such thing as a stupid question ;)  I don't know if I'm the right person to ask though, because I am a 47 year old woman who proudly carries her tinkerbell purse and OVERLY embellished art journal everywhere I can lol.  But it IS a journal...which to me is a personal thing.  In college (nursing school) I had a journal out of a composition book that i'd collaged, glittered and velveteened all to pixie perfection.  Let go of being viewed 'wrongly'  it only matters what YOU view YOU as ;) - but also meet the requirements of what the course is asking for with the content of the journal.  Just my two cents.

Love and Glitter,

~Alisa

Sharon, there are no stupid questions!  What class do you need this for?  I took an art class which we had to have a journal and were to make a collage of ourselves on the front cover.  I had so much fun with this, I was just starting my art journey so was kind of intimidated, but I just went with it.  I am going to post a few pics so you can see what mine is like. 

That's what At heart I want to do, I'm only a few years behind you at 44, Lol
Thanks Thomas, that sounds fab, very much more what I'd want to do

Thomas LaBadia said:

Sharon, the whole point of having an art journal is so that you have a safe place to play, a place to explore techniques and to avoid getting stuck on having to be perfect. It is all about pure expression. Just go with your gut instinct and try to think if of it as a visual way to share feelings, challenges, dreams, hopes, disappointments - really the whole entire rainbow of emotions.

I highly recommend this book for you, it has helped me immensely. 

http://www.amazon.com/Journal-Fodder-365-Inspiration-Addict-ebook/d...

Just be free and don't put limits on yourself.

This has been so helpful Thomas, I guess I was a bit scared of how my colleges might view me, there's a very organised graticule designer and a draughtsman on my course and a few extremely talented but methodical artists, guess I'm being silly, lol

The beauty about art, and artists - is that we are as individual as our DNA - there's a place for methodical, and there's a place for chaotic hippy chic pixie (ummm...me lol) - and there's places in every aspect in between.  Be YOU... best ever advice I got in college 

"Take your corner - and make it shine" ;)

That's definatly me too Alisa, hippy chick
, all over the place, literally
I'm getting that book for my birthday if I can wait that long, aprox 5 weeks,lol

You sound like me, too much of a perfectionist.  We just need to learn to let go and play.  There are a lot of art journals and altered books on YouTube.  I was looking for a lady that I have lost again. I like the way she puts hers together and it would be nice for school.  I will try to find her link on YouTube for you and send it.  I also figured I would just put some paint, watercolor, spray ink, something on those white pages.  I think that is what scares a lot of people.  Just get some color down on a page or some pages and maybe that will get you started.  Also, some stencils or something to make a patter might help at first too......Maggie

Good ideas Margret, I'm a colour loving person, I was trying out a bit of Brusho last night, that would be cool with a stencil. I'd not thought of spraying ink, must try that too. Thanks
Debbie, I am doing a foundation diploma in art, media and design. Funny how you was saying about the decoration about yourself, we are making pieces about maps and life journeys at present and am enjoying it a lot.


Debbie Rippie said:

Sharon, there are no stupid questions!  What class do you need this for?  I took an art class which we had to have a journal and were to make a collage of ourselves on the front cover.  I had so much fun with this, I was just starting my art journey so was kind of intimidated, but I just went with it.  I am going to post a few pics so you can see what mine is like. 

Your journal looks cool Debbie, I think they are much more interesting than diarys as they impart so much visual information, gotta set about glomming mine up, it's rather cold and impersonal

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