Just Do it – Artjournal Page or…Such a dork


When I created this page for Artists in Blogland using their prompt:

Headline prompt:  Radical to Mundane and to Radical Again:  What once seemed new that now feels old and boring?  How can you see it as new again?  How do you “jump charge” creativity when you’re feeling stuck?
Color:  black & neons – bold contrasts
Quote:  Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.  Bill Moyers

something in me finally clicked. Here is my confession: I use my artjournal to try out new techniques and new supplies and tools BUT I am one of those people who don’t like an artjournal anymore if a page turns out ugly. Like in “blech” !

yeah yeah…bla bla – I know all the comments about “oh, don’t worry, this is your playbook. You shouldn’t be uptight with it. Let it go”

Been there done that…tell other people that…doesn’t follow it myself though. Dozens of unfinished Artjournals are occupying my shelves because of that.

It isn’t so much that the page couldn’t be covered anymore…it is that all of a sudden the page that was wonderful say on the left side got a serious punch in the intestines by the ugly page on the right side…making me not finish the artjournal and start rather with a new one. Insane, I know!


But on this spread here, something accidentally happened. While in Scrapbooking I really don’t care about double-sided Layouts and I totally love the look of two opposite sides looking differently, with this one I just started working on both sides. And I loved the big surface and I loved the crease in the middle – I just loved it. And when I started the next pages  and they looked like hot chocolate on a nice white fluffy carpet…I didn’t care…because…whatever, turn page, cover it, glue it- pretend it never happened, doesn’t affect the spread before. I can go back and look at my nice page- no worries. YES….I am a dork…I know…but I told you…what can you do ? ;)


So ever since…I work on double spread pages in my artjournal and I LOVE it. Will show some more pages over the next days.

Please tell me I am not the only one who is so weird? LOL

Have a gorgeous day

huge hugs


Comments (18)

  • Debbie


    Hahaha, lol! Nope I am totally insane like that as well..things just have be perfect/match hahaha…have started in art journal, then dismissed it as well, because things didn’t seem to match…so you’re definitely not alone! The 2page spread does sound like a wonderful solution, will try that too! XxDebbie


  • Marit


    No, you’re not the only one ;) – I usually fill my art journals with spreads too (or, in the really big ones, leave the opposite page blank.)


  • sabelljones


    You are not crazy Nathalie! We all do stuff like that. Thanks for all the inspiration you give me!


  • Sue Abell


    Haha, you are not crazy, we all do weird things like that! Love all that you do, it is very inspiring!


  • mjmarmo


    That is the nice things about art journaling – we can always cover it up or just move on!


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