This month’s art journal pages are only sometimes pretty. Some are angry and dark. Some, I hated. And that’s okay – that’s the beauty of an art journal. It’s not about what is pretty. It’s about what is true.
One of the reasons I love my art journal so much is that it doesn’t have to be pretty. If you can’t already tell by the name of this blog, I’m big on pretty things. I’m an artist and I used to design for a living. Aesthetics and beauty are important to me.
Art journals, however, are about truth. Sometimes truth is beautiful, sometimes it’s ugly, and sometimes it’s just… blah. Truth can be exhilarating, gorgeous, heartbreaking, lacklustre, scary or bright. Sometimes, it’s a combination of all of those and more.
When I look at this month’s art journal pages, I can tell where I am hurting, and where I am happy. I can also tell from the pages that frustrating day when I sat down and hated everything I created. As in life, there is good and bad and ugly and pretty in my art journal. That’s why I love it so much.
Art Journal Pages, August 2016
Some of these pages are based on prompt’s from Get Messy’s Season of Introspection. I’m behind – we’re currently on the season of music – but since I love the introspection theme, I’ll stick with it for a while before moving on to music. I altered a book specifically for the season of introspection, but the pages I am making in it are a wild mix. Some are reflections of things I currently deal with, some are prompt-based, and some are a combination of the two.
This time, there were a few pages that I felt were too personal to share. Still, there’s quite a few left. Without further ado – August’s art journal pages.
I’m not sure which one’s my favourite this month, but I especially like “right here with my art” and the last three – coincidentally, those are the ones that felt most honest, too.
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