Recently, I began journaling, but not in the traditional way. I am a visual person. I tend to learn best with visual cues, and as an artist, I am constantly working and using the visual language of design. So, when I decided to begin journaling, I did it in a visual way. I had the idea that I would write a book using watercolor paint as my words. In short, I adopted a style of using dashes and marks of watercolor to stand in for the words and sentences of a book. It's a creative and fun way to go about journaling.
To do this, I first mark out time each day to sit down at the table and paint. This is important to do or it just won't happen. I find, I must have some set schedule. However, it need not be a long time. I tell myself to sit for ten minutes and work. Often, that ten minutes will become thirty or even an hour, but I demand of myself at least those ten.
Next, I think back on my day and go over the feeling or mood that I carried from it. Was it a good day? What were some of the conversations that I had? What did I work on? What was one highlight and what was one lowlight. Then I begin to paint. I just let the feeling of the day come out.
If you are creating a visual journal of your own, don't feel that you need to paint abstractly, as I do. Just paint whatever you want and remember a journal is only for your eyes. No one else is going to judge you on your artwork.. It's a private thing, so just be creative.
Here are some examples from my first journal using this technique:
Recently, I have been trying to work a little more in my sketchbook. I have been really busy with my students as well as with illustrating a children's book, so finding some time to make my abstract paintings has been limited. However, I have been getting at it here and there, and this is what I have come up with. They are sort of abstract poems and are usually based on specific places and landscapes.
For this book, I am working on handmade cotton watercolor paper in a leatherbound book. I have been using watercolor exclusively and work in a very free flowing and intuitive manner. Some come out better than others, but each represents a moment in time. I find working on my sketchbook journal is a great way to just explore my own creativity and unwind a bit.
Author: Bruce Black
Welcome to Life Reimagined! I am a professional artist and long time art teacher, Over twenty-two years teaching and still going! I have painted all my life and love to inspire others to reach their creative potential. I hope this blog brings you inspiration!