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Pikaland’s Good to Know: Issue 11

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The Year of the Art Journal

As an art journaler, I wholeheartedly advocate art journaling as a medium of choice. The art journal can be such a stepping stone for all other forms of art. Everything that kept me from art journaling at the beginning just eventually drew me into it.

Some ask me, “WHY art journal?” Well, if you’re asking that question, you’re probably at least intrigued. And that’s great! The art journal can be a refuge for your experimentation, a private place to spill, and a fierce friend.

If you want to art journal, but don’t know where to start, grab a cheap sketchbook and a Micron pen and begin with doodling and writing. That’s what I did. I was so completely overwhelmed by the layered aspect. So I figured if I just filled my pages with doodling and writing, I was starting SOMEWHERE. The rest will come eventually through reading blogs, taking workshops, and picking up mags and books for new techniques.

And with that, I proclaim this:

This is THE year you will start that art journal! You may keep putting it off because of uncertainty. Not anymore! There’s so much for you to do, so much to catch up on, so much AWESOMENESS to be had!

Join me in the art journal, won’t you?? Who’s with me? Comment in this post to let me know!!!!

Reader Comments (29)

I'm with you! My art journal is such a joy and brings such solace when my heart is hurting. I'll be teaching art journaling to 30+ more 4th graders this Friday - hurray! :)

I'm in! Love your blog.

01.10 | Unregistered CommenterKimG

I'm always with you! To me every year is Art Journal year, and I love that you've made a poster for 2012.

Take care Dawn!

01.10 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

Hurrah! I have just started my first art journal - I'm a musician, photographer and filmmaker but am not much of a drawing/painting person, but I have wanted to start one for ages and am very proud of my first pages. My aim is a double spread in my lovely watercolour Moleskine every week so have subscribed to a few blogs including this one to get inspired and learn a few tips :)

01.10 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Kidd


I am in

01.10 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

I've already been journaling some but this year I hope to make a more committed practice of it! I enjoy your blog.

01.10 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I started my art journal this month because of you and a few other journalers. I've been so inspired to do this and I realize that I can also reprint the pages for other uses. Thanks so much for your inspiration through the last year!

I love art journalling and do a 121 swap with a friend, beginning a new journal each year. I just got mine back from her today.

01.10 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I with you. I love your work Dawn.

01.11 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Yep, I'm gonna stick with it this time! I have about 3-4 started ones already but I need to stick with one until it is finished!

01.11 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea A.

Yes! Im excited to start an art journal!! Thanks for your fun and encoraging posts!

01.11 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie B

I love art journaling too! Also I am taking drawing 2 this semester and one of our assignments is to keep a 11X14 art journal!

I think I am so overwhelmed by the possibilities and my own control issues of having it be "perfect" or "cohesive" that I am rendered inert! I am going to let go of that and just hold my nose and jump in!! Your blog is inspirational- thank you for sharing it with us. (and I love that you post daily).

01.11 | Unregistered CommenterTJG

I'm in! starting small but hoping to do more and bigger as the year goes on!

01.11 | Unregistered CommenterAbigail

I'm in! :)

01.11 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Ya know, I've been toying with starting an art journal for quite a while now, but just haven't quite been able to do it...after stumbling upon your site via Pinterest (love it!), I think yes! 2012 is the year of the art journal! Thank you for the inspiration!

01.11 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

OK!!! I'll join the group, too! I really need a push to do more regular journaling and having a group of us all agree to get more serious about our journaling is a great idea!! Thanks, Dawn!!

Bless your heart, Dawn. I am totally in!! You never fail to inspire me, and I can't wait!!

I amin. I started an Art Journal this past year to practice some techniques and get some things in color vs written in my journal. :) I found a way to keep my calendar too! I am so excited to really make my art journal a daily part of my life :)

I started an Art Journal this past year to practice some techniques and get some things in color vs written in my journal. :) I found a way to keep my calendar too! I am so excited to really make my art journal a daily part of my life :)

I am so in! ★

Much better than a diary. I love to draw so this is something I plan to do more of and was one of my New Year's Resolutions, or revolutions, as my Granddaughter would say. Glad to see others journaling too.

01.12 | Unregistered CommenterDebie

so late with my response (been away) but I'm in - art journaling is new for me I started with your christmas doodle 31.12 and loved it, so lets see what happens!

I am so in!!!! I think.....lol
I have *never* done any thing even close to art journal-ling but have wanted to for sometime now. Chances are I am the newest newbie here as I don't even know where to start but I am brave and willing!

01.21 | Unregistered CommenterDenita

I've been journalling since 2006, and I've seen how my journal has evolved!

01.22 | Unregistered Commenterpatsy

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