A new website and four art journals, oh my!

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It's been a busy week around here as I get Hello Heart Journal off the ground.  Thanks to everyone who subscribed and emailed me your comments and well wishes. Also, thank you for passing along my site to others.

Feel free to keep doing that!

As I said in the first newsletter:

Hello HeArt Journal is a collection of resources—a website for art journalers—not a blog and not all about me. I'm building it because I love art journaling, I love teaching art journaling and I have experienced the power of this creative practice to crack open my creativity and connect with with my inner, intuitive self.

I want to share this practice with as many people as possible.

So as promised, I will keep the Latest update brief and to the point:

First, What's new at Hello Heart Journal

This week I added three pieces to the website AND I added a ton of pictures to a really detailed tutorial on not drawing faces and figures.  I think you'll see what I mean with all those photos.

So new additions to the website include:

What is an Art Journal rounds out the Introduction to Art Journaling section to include at least the most important information beginners need to get started. There's much more to add, still, but it's a good, solid start.

How Intuition Speaks is a very short piece where I share a typical conversation with intuition during collage.

Making Time and Space is my latest tutorial, filled with ideas for rearranging, re-thinking, and re-organizing time and space for your creativity (which is not the same as finding inner space and time, which I cover here.).

Finally, don't miss all the new photos I added to the tutorial, Four Ways to Create Images without Drawing Them.

I also added a new board to my Pinterest account called, of course, Hello Heart Journal. Now I can finally collect some of the photos from my website and share them with others on Pinterest, so that's really cool.

(I love Pinterest and I have to say it felt a little surreal to see my own pictures come up in my Pinterest feed! Feel free to follow me if you're a Pinterest user—and you can see those pictures in your feed, too!)

As for what I'm up to creatively...

Well, all this flury of writing, editing and photography is definitely creative—but as you imagine I've had to put most arting projects on the back burner these past few weeks.

In the meantime, though, I'm very happy that this week I could get to each of my four art journals.

Yes, you heard that right. I keep four different art journals.

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And now I'm going to propose something you might also find surprising:

Consider doing something like that yourself.

What? Keep four art journals?  Am I crazy?

Okay, okay. Maybe don't keep four. One is fine. And if you're a beginner—definitely only start with one!

But this is the thing. Art journaling can do so many things for us—it can nurture our creativity, open up self expression, help us think, heal...Folding an art journaling practice of any kind into our lives (four journals or just one) does wonders.

For me, my practice currently includes four art journals:

I have a mixed media journal where I practice and play and generally make a big, wet mess (paint and ink and glue does that.) You see a lot of my work in this journal on the website.

I keep a very small, warm-up collage journal. I open to a new page in this journal when I'm feeling stuck.  I just throw in collage pieces and create a quick composition—usually from whatever leftovers collage sits on my desk. I spend very little time from page to page and I try not to think at all. Warm up happens every time and then I turn to something else.

I also keep a visual journal, which is a private image-making meditation sort of process I am learning. I'll be sharing more about that on the website sometime.

And finally, I've come to really love my personal art journal.  It sits by my bed, along with a few supplies (no wet media allowed besides a waterbrush and markers/pens), and this is where I do anything I feel like either first thing or last thing on most days. I write, make lists, doodle, think, plan, record, play, and it's totally private—you won't find detailed pictures on the website. But I will be talking a lot more about what that kind of journal can look like.

Anyway, I don't work in each of these journals every day (that would be crazy!)—and sometimes a week or even a month can go by without even opening a particular journal.

But I do pretty much do something in at least one art journal every day—if even for a few minutes. That is my practice.

And what I'm recommending is that you create your own regular practice, too. Whatever that may look like for you.

So more about what an art journal practice can look in days to come, but that's the latest around here for now...

Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments—my email is denisejherman@gmail.com. I'd love to know what you think about my project and if you have any questions about art journaling or ideas for future pieces, let me know.

Finally, please share my website with the people you know who love to be creative, who art journal, who might want to art journal if they only knew...that is, everyone!

Here's to your art journal practice!

denise