I have a plan – sort of

Dear Fellow Journalers,

     As you know already, I am a researcher. I see an idea for a post or a craft item and I check resources – videos, magazines, Pinterest etc. So when I started thinking about an Art Journal, I naturally researched and planned – sort of. Let me explain:

     I had read “somewhere” that there were rules you had to follow, plans you had to have in place BEFORE you created an Art Journal. That made sense to me, ‘cause every journey begins with the first step, right? Some of the rules were:

1.       I have to have a plan, and I have to follow it to the letter.

2.       I have to have an end project in mind BEFORE I begin.

3.       I have to finish everything I begin.

4.       I have to have all the right supplies before I can start.

5.       I have to have a purpose for the art pages.

6.       I have to have a whole day to create.

7.       My crafting space has to be free of clutter so that I can be open to the possibilities of  ____

 

Gee Whiz! My so-called art journal sounds more like work, doesn’t it?

     After some thought I decided to change-up the plan. My new rules are:

1.       Who needs a plan anyway? This isn’t brain surgery. I’m using paper and paint.

2.       I can envision what I want the end project to look like, but that doesn’t mean its going to end up that way.

3.       I can start and stop as necessary. No one is telling me what the end times are.

4.       I can use what I already have for supplies – ok, I might need Gesso and ModPodge, but other than that…..

5.       I don’t have to have a purpose for this project – after all it’s my journal.

6.       I can start over if I don’t like it.

7.       My crafting space is just fine, thank you very much!

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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