I so admire the people who can make amazing journal pages in a reasonable amount of time. I'm not one of those people!! Consequently, I stopped trying to do this type of journaling. That's not to say I don't keep a journal! I keep an IDEA journal....a place to put the things that pop into my head all day long. A LOT of the ideas in this journal become complete paintings, though on wood, not in the journal. Here is my current journal (I posted a picture a while back):
This journal is never far from me. I have so many weird things bouncing around in my head that I can't possibly remember them all. I add little drawings to the pages constantly. The best part for me is that there is no pressure to make any of the drawings anything other than "ideas". Here are a couple of pages:
As you can see from the first page, three of the little drawings have already become completed paintings, click here to see the completed paintings. On the second page, I am currently working on pendants from the little drawings (I'll do a post when they are ready).
Personally, I have so much inside my head that I can't possibly remember all the ideas. I can't tell you how many times I look through my journal for an idea for a new painting and I don't even remember drawing some of the pictures. That means that idea would have been forgotten forever had I not drawn it right then! There is no pressure because I know these are just ideas and the details will be added elsewhere when I start the actual painting.
I only show you all of this to encourage you to do whatever type of "journaling" that appeals to you. I have accepted my own limitations to traditional journaling and embraced the style of journaling that works for me. There is HUGE value in that!
xoxo I love you guys!