Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Finding Your Art Journal Style
I've been thinking yet again about finding your own art journal style. As you have noticed, I do not draw many faces in my art journals. In the past I have said I do not do it because they are not "my style". I take that back.
I do not draw a lot of faces because they do not appeal to me. A doll face does not convey the message that is trying to get out of my mind and into my art journal. I enjoy looking at the beautiful girl creations of others, but it's just not my thing. I do have the odd face here and there in my journals however, because I like to practice. The page above is an example. I truly believe the best thing you can do is create what appeals to you, whether it's trendy or not.
I looked up the definition of style. What I found really interesting was this:
9. a particular, distinctive, or characteristic mode or form of construction or execution in any art or work: Her painting is beginning to show a personal style.
What makes your art distinctive? Should it even matter to you if it is? When I first started art journaling all I worried about was finding "my style". Looking back, and looking at what I create now, I can clearly see that it didn't matter. What matters to me is that I am creating, and that I am creating what appeals to me.
The more you play, the more you do it, the more pages you create; that is what will help you see the "style" you are looking for. Trying to find your style while you are creating may cause frustration, and that's not what art journaling is all about.
Let go and create, your style will find you.
Much Love! xo
PS... I'll be back tomorrow with an update from the surgeon. Thanks so much for all the kind words and thoughts.