So many people keep journals. I used to. I filled it with streams of thought and ideas… they are a beautiful way to sort out ideas and document special events. Most people use a simple pen and the written word, and then there are these people. My goodness. These artist transform journalism into a beautiful expression of fine art and poetry.
I used to be better at journalling than I am now. I remember visiting my great-grandmother when she was nearly 90 years old and looking at a scrapbook/journal she kept as a teen. It was so beautiful! There were old movie tickets, little stories about her day written in the margin, delicate pressed flowers, black and white photos, brochures for plays and events, lovely bits of lace… it was like stepping back in time in the most realistic way I could. I was able to see my grandmother’s life through eyes I could relate to as a young girl. I am so glad my “GG” took the time and care to create that book and that her book inspired me to create similar journals for my daughters (and maybe theirs?) to look at someday. I hope the journals I created (although not as beautiful as GG’s) helps my little girls relate to me in a way that an “old mom” can’t easily do.
Here are several journals that go far beyond record keeping. These are works of art. I hope they inspire you!
Have any of your ever taken on a creative sketchbook or journal project? If so, share a link with us in the comments!
Do you find yourself drawing more than writing? It’s interesting to see the different ways these artists convey their day-to-day thoughts.
Until next time!