Spread # 99- Journal Power June 21, 2010Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.
The practice of art journaling holds magical powers of clarifying and defining one to one’s self, nothing abstract about that. But clarifying and defining journaling concepts, translating abstract ideas into words, now that’s another story and is not always an easy task to do. With my occasional blockage, I learned to make do with whatever spills out of my mouth, be okay with it, and even find humor in it. With students’ forgiveness I’ve developed my own peculiar jargon.
Here is a glossary of a few of my expressions used often, unexpectedly, at a drop of a brush (hee-hee, hat).
BE GOOD TO YOURSELF- Don’t bash yourself, don’t make declarations about what you cannot do, draw, write, what good does it do anyway?
BUFFET- a side table, offering a delightful smorgasbord of paper scraps, images, misc. ephemera, art supplies, providing inspiration aplenty.
MICROJOURNALING- the undesirable act of obsessively trying to control and manipulate everything that happens in our journals, not letting go, therefore not enjoying the creative process. Not good!
POWER-JOURNALING- a short and quick invigorating prompt designed to not allow much time for the mind to spoil things for us, therefore permitting spontaneous and sweet freedom of expression.
PROCESSED JOURNALING- Journaling that is fussy; latching onto little details, erasing, overly processing, and correcting again, and again.
RAW JOURNALING- Bold, gutsy, daring, free of self-doubt, ego-free. (Antonym to processed journaling.)
RECYCLED IMAGE- a photograph, a drawing, or any element you tend to use over and over again on your pages. “It’s okay”, I say, “it’s yours”, “use it as many times as you wish to”. The repeated use of it makes your art, yours.
YUMMY PAGES- Journal pages rich in content, images, textures, colors, layers, etc., also referred to as ‘juicy’.
Any of your own to add?