I was mentioning that I was starting a new journal, a different style than my journals of late. I wanted to go back to my pre- water color paper days, when I would use any old paper and glue stuff all over it and journal in a more daily-diary form. Not so much painting and pens as slapping down any old thing and grabbing any pen I could find. Very Sabrina Ward Harrison inspired. Her books opened up my world when I discovered them so long ago. I loved them even more because I first saw them at Anthropologie, and they have such cool taste in books. Anyway, I'm feeling the need for both types of journals in my life right now. Surrendering to the fact that I may never be a one type of journal girl. Not a big deal, don't know why I've been thinking I should be in the first place. So above, on the right is my new journal. As I was making it (gluing papers down and doing some page painting), I made a second on the left that I think I'm going to sell eventually. Here's some photos so you can get a better idea of what I'm talking about.
It wasn't until I recently discovered Mary Ann Moss and her cool blog that I really felt inspired in this way again. It was this series of hers that opened that wonderful, free, easy, no-judgement-journaling door for me again. Nothing is too precious (like the watercolor paper being too nice for me to totally cover up. -silly, I know), the emphasis on collage and paper scrap vs. paints and writing and all the pens and other fun journaling supplies. Both types are great, and it feels good to have both types of journals in play right now. (I'm going to add a Moleskine type illustration journal to my pile as well, like that Youtube video of Gustavo Aimar's in the previous post...how amazing is that one? Just have to try that type...)
And speaking of amazing ...how about this journal entry of Mary Ann's (is that what she goes by, or is it Mary?I ask those of you in the know) Well, it is to die for in my opinion.
Ok, there are so many great visual journal styles and so much inspiration out there, don't you want to jump in? Do it any way that makes it simple for you, this kind, that kind, that other kind, any kind. Start there. All right, off my soapbox - I realize not everyone journals, but for those of you that think you might want to, consider this a kick in the pants!