Working in an art journal is inherently vulnerable. Even if you never share it with someone else, it’s confronting to look at the page and see bits of yourself in it. Bits that you didn’t know were there, bits that you’ve tried to hide, great bits, all the wonderfully messy bits that make up parts of you. The way David and Ted articulate it in Art & Fear is as follows: “In making art, you lay bare a truth you never anticipated: that by your very contact with what you love, you have exposed yourself to the world.”
This season I encourage you to get naked. Expose yourself. That exposing doesn’t have to be with others; sometimes revealing yourself to yourself is the hardest bit. Put yourself out there in your journal, and then if you’re ready, to your community.
Lisa is a mixed media artist and tutor with a passion for art journaling and book making. Her journal pages are an expressive grungy mix of collage, colour and vintage imagery that explore different emotions and untold stories. Lisa lives on the outskirts of the Peak District National park in the UK with her husband and two daughters.
Anouk is an all-round creative from the Netherlands. For Anouk art journaling is a way to process her thoughts and emotions. In her creative journey Anouk tries to let go of her perfectionism by creating on a more intuitive level.
Zero expectations. Zero pressure. All the fun.