Art journaling is a great way to make beautiful things without ever having to pick up a pencil and make a drawing ourselves.
Too many of us think we can't draw. That's simply not true. Everyone can draw.
Our drawing evolves as we practice, but even stick figures and funny shaped furry friends can be used as an element in our mixed media/art journaling. It doesn't matter what skill level your drawing is starting at, or what you think it's starting at, since often we are our own worst critics.
It doesn't matter if you're afraid, the worst that can happen is you waste some time and some paper.
What is time if not for being thoroughly immersed in the wonder that is this life of ours?
And what is art but a path to our innermost selves and an expression of our divine beauty?
And if you simply must discard of sketches you dislike you can always recycle the paper.
*A fun alternative would be to save the sketches, overlay them with color and/or texture, and cut them up and use them as elements in future mixed media.
I have no idea how I spent so long using photorealism as the standard to which I measured up all of my personal sketch work. That is just silly. While photorealistic drawings demonstrate great artistic ability, they're just not my cup of tea. They never have been.
I like messy, colorful, fantastic, playful representations of the world around me. My sketches are cute and totally my style, and I just love what incorporating them does for my mixed media/art journaling.
I'm happy that I decided to stop telling myself that I can't draw and just start drawing. If you find yourself in a similar relationship with the pencil, I hope you can find some inspiration in this week's T.A.C.O. Tuesday.
Draw your family pet.
Don't have any pets? That's cool, draw your first pet. If you've never had a pet, then draw a pet you would like to have.
Incorporate your drawing into an art journal or mixed media piece, and don't forget to share your awesomeness with us on Facebook!