I both love and hate art journaling. It often brings out the best in me. I seem to go deeper and I am more expressive when I work in them; creating just for ourselves has tremendous value. The downside is that some of my favourite pieces are stuck in these little books.

On the other hand they become my tiny treasures. Flipping through them is inspiring and it always brings a smile to my face. It’s good to see my process, to remember what was going through my mind as I was creating these pages.

And so what if they’re in there, I figure. Maybe some day I will try to make some decent scans and prints of my favourite pages. And I have this feeling that these girls I created today will be amongst them.


  1. Dianne Lacourciere on October 18, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I have many journals I have bought over the years but have done only a few pages in one and the other is empty. I just do not take the time to be creative in them. When I see other artist showing their journals completed it makes me think I should bring mine out.
    Jerney you have inspired me to start.

    • jerneymarisha on October 19, 2018 at 8:03 am

      Oh Dianne, thank you for your sweet reply, I’m so glad it inspired you to give it another chance!

      I know exactly what you mean. It somehow seems to feel more rewarding to create finished pieces that stand on our own pieces that are ready to hang on your wall.

      But if we put our resistance aside for a while, we can learn that journaling can help us to evolve really quickly, we can pour our hearts out in it and be totally honest. We can choose to share a page or to keep it to ourselves. When you have limited space you can be really prolific without having to find a whole other room to store our cherished pieces.

      One think that held me back in the early days was my perfectionism. I wanted every page to be good and got discouraged when I didn’t really like something I did. But when I look back at those pages now I can see the value of them. And if you really dislike something you did to it’s core you can always go over it with gesso and start over. It’s a very therapeutic way of working.

      I wish you lots of fun with your journal!

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