i love journals. i love to journal. i always have. i've always written in some form or fashion. poetry, journaling, prayers, doodles, lists - i just love to put a pen to paper and see what happens. right after high school i had a series of journals that i filled almost daily for about 3 years. if something wasn't in those journals, it didn't happen - in my head, at least! also during that time a friend and i started doing "i believes". we each had book filled with things we believed - pretty much just a list, but they spanned from serious to silly and philosophical to funny.
a couple of years ago i saw on the internet where someone was taking paper and fabric and recovering journals. i made a couple for myself and then some for gifts - and i was pretty much hooked. this past january i took an online course on art techniques and journaling that i talked about here and since then i have been exploring the many. many ways of art journaling. i love the idea of doing art "for my eyes only" and i really feel like i've gotten more confidence to do other artsy things through some of the things i have done in my art journal.
right now i have three journals "going". one is the first journal that i embellished a few years ago - i write all kinds of things in there - prayers, lists, ideas, and just general stuff about what's going on. i also have my art journal. this is the one that i started in january during the class. i paint in it, mod podge paper, fabric and other things in it, i write and draw and collage - pretty much anything goes in this book! i love that it won't close all the way. i love that there are "blank" pages that i have painted or mod podged a background on, but haven't completely filled up - i will get to them!!