I’ve been working on art journaling.

It’s one of my favorite art forms (to see/appreciate), along with mixed media and collage, but as much as I enjoy them, I also find them all quite hard to do. They feel completely contrary to my perfectionist nature, which often results in just not starting, worrying about “ruining it” or collecting pieces of paper that I never use.

So I’m practicing.

I was inspired by something I read on Anahata Katkin’s blog once about how she works her pages in layers, leaving them unfinished and then returning to them with different materials until they’re complete. I like idea that the pages will shape into that I want/need them to be over time. This takes away some of the “perfectionist” pressure, leaving  more space to experiment and forgive.

I’ve also recently discovered a love for text based art. I’m fascinated by the act of taking thoughts, statements and snipits of conversation out of context and isolating them on the page to see how they stand on their own.

Check out the incredible-ness of Sabrina Ward Harrison and Anahata Katkin. Ironically, AK just wrote a blog post about SWH and her beautiful feature on Apartment Therapy. Like SWH, I would like for my home to feel like you’ve just walked into one of my journals. Although, in my case maybe it should be the other way around. My art journaling practice may be able to learn something from chaos that is my bedroom.

Here are some of my recent pages.

I’ve been “cleaning my room.”

Aka hung up some new art (vintage photographs + a pin up style drawing of a teacher seductively clutching a globe) that I bought at the Antique mall (quite possibly my favorite place in the city) today and collecting some clothes to purge, while watching Ted talks. This one’s quite fitting:

Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness | Video on TED.com.

Things I have learnt recently:

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  • I love a man in a dress. (attracted to)
  • Steve jobs was a total hottie in the 70’s.
  • Most of my male friends wear size 32 pants.
  • Sathyg means “naughty prank” in Swedish.
  • What strawberry daiquiri tastes like.
  • How to identify when I am disassociated. (a process)
  • The president of the international computer games association (as of 2006) is obsessed with chess.
  • Mr. Freeze (from Batman) ’s wife is terminally ill and that’s why he became a scientist.
  • How to do a faux brass finish on textured wallpaper
  • Fish can be bulimic.
  • Trees can grow twisted.
  • Wasps can be beautiful too.

Questions I Have For People Who Have Their Life Figured Out « Thought Catalog

This is incredibly funny and beautiful! Ironically, a good friend of mine sent it to me a few weeks ago, but I’d forgotten about it until happening upon it today.

Questions I Have For People Who Have Their Life Figured Out « Thought Catalog.