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Issue #013, April 11, 2014- J is for a Journal with art
April 14, 2014
Dear VIP (Very Important Adventuress)

J is for a Journal with art

The Travel Art Journal as a way of seeing.

One night in Amsterdam I took out my scissors, pens, brushes and glue stick, cut out images to paste in my art journal, and made a mess all over the room.

This while my then-husband channel-surfed the Dutch adult channels.

My art journals are predominantly related to travel, perhaps because that is the way in which I was introduced to art journaling.

My inspiration and mentors, Robin Rector Krupp and Kara Knack, travel extensively. Robin is a children’s book illustrator who also writes and is a teacher as well. Kara is a collector of all things astrological, has devoted much of her time to Los Angeles’ Griffith Park Observatory —she created the Cosmic Connection exhibit—and has traveled all over the world observing cosmic phenomena.

There are many other types of personal journals besides travel journals.

“Art” can be a part of documenting the little details of your everyday life that become a celebration of who you are.

Who doesn’t love to doodle?

As you explore and consider people and things around you, you’ll heighten your awareness and increase your power of observation. You’ll find that observation leads to reflection and pondering about what things mean.

What do the things you see mean to you?

When you stop to study an environment, a landscape, an object, you see it in a much more complete way than if you photograph it with your camera. You can become connected to the light, the relationships, the intense colors in a new way.

A personal art journal can be a place to search your soul, vent your feelings, consider what’s happening around you, write down words of inspiration you encounter, or just make little doodles and designs in colors that move you.

To read more about the kind of journal I prefer, the tools I always travel with, see pages from my travel journals, and see 3 ideas to get you started, CLICK HERE

Tomorrow’s AtoZ Challenge: For the letter K, I plan to tell you about my Australian adventure, camping out in Kakadu.

—Carolyn V. Hamilton, Editor and Chief Adventuress

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