Looking Back

Sometimes before you go forward, it’s good to take a look back. I was looking through my art journals and it’s fun to see how much my work has changed yet still has a certain look to it. This is my very first official art journal page. I remember making the decision to start journaling and wondering if I’d keep it up.

You can see by the ‘theme’ that I started journaling in the summer, summer of ’07.


These pages are rough around the edges but art journaling isn’t about being ‘perfect’ or precise. It’s about capturing art quickly, experimenting, random thoughts expressed visually.

There is no one way or right way to journal. It can change, it should change, as you  grow and develop your art skills. If you haven’t made the commitment to journal, summer is a great time to start!



15 responses

  1. Thank you for sharing your early journal pages…they are really great…I, too, started journaling on a beach vacation in 2007…it only gets better and more fun and it’s such a wonderful creative outlet…I’m preaching to the choir!

  2. Thanks for sharing your journal pages. It is truly a look back in time. A journal from several years ago that I did while babysitting two of my granddaughters even has a bandaid or two … one of the girls was “into” bandaides, and I let the girls journal in the same book…

  3. I just love your art journaling pages! You are such a huge inspiration to me. I LOVE your new book and I think I have watched all your youtube videos! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us!

  4. woww! you were just WONDERFUL from the begging too!! I guess you took away my hope that someday I could do something great…I agree with Sara’s comments! 😉

  5. Noooo – you have shattered my dream – the one that says that all my arty idols’ first pages were probably just as naff as mine, so with enough practice I can be great too. Your first pages are beautiful! I’m off now to sulk 🙂 I especially love the sun page, and the last one with its effortless dreamy layers and that unusual number stencil.

  6. These are great pages! I love the puzzle pieces used in the one page – what an interesting image, and both the positive and negative spaces of it are interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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