I know that I've talked about this before, but why do I make you sign up anew each month? Lots of reasons, but one of them is because each of us is filled with guilt.
I hopped through all 81 of July's links today, reading blogs and leaving comments and I was wowed and humbled by your creativity and enthusiasm, but I was also bowled over by the number of people who said, "Sorry I haven't been blogging..." or "I totally fell off the art journal wagon..." or "I stink and can't manage to do this project..." and so on.
Stop the madness!
All of this creating and blogging and such should be fun. The second it becomes a duty or an obligation it loses both its charm and its power. I said this in January and I will say it again, despite the name, Art Journal Every Day is not actually about art journaling every day. It's about making a commitment to nuture your creativity every day. If your creativity is in plating dinner beautifully or artfully putting on your makeup, rock on! It all counts. I encourage you to take ten minutes every day to put something in your journal, but if you don't do it -- who cares?
And now I'm going to quote myself (from this post):
For me, my daily art journal is a workbook above all things. (I do have other art journals that are more single-theme, single sitting based) It is part of my daily life and meant to be used as a tool for learning, exploration, experimentation, and to get me out of a creative rut. I build each page up bit by bit each day.
There's no "right" way art journal. So what do you think? Are you psyched? Are you feeling like yes, you could do this?
I know you might be worried that you start too many things and never finish them. Let's just say I totally get where you're coming from.
But I'm asking you to stop being so hard on yourself.
Let's say that you decide to do this for January and miss twenty days. That's one day short of three weeks. Okay, so you missed twenty days. BUT, you art journaled on eleven days! Congratulations! That's like exercising an average of three times a week. I don't know about you, but I definitely don't exercise three times a week. And I'm impressed with people who do! I don't look at them and say, "You only exercised three times a week? You suck."
So what do you say? Why not give Art Journal Every Day a try? You have nothing to lose and only a wonderful new habit to gain!
Time to start with a clean slate. It's August!
Thanks for stopping by! I'll have a regularly scheduled post in a few hours!