THE INNER CRITIC'S SEVEN BEST WEAPONS

One of the reasons we art journal is because it's a safe place to be creative. At least theoretically. This blank book is our and ours alone. We're not making pages for others, but only ourselves. We can play and take risks creatively—"fail" as often as we "succeed"—on the page and it's okay. No one to judge us here.

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HOW INTUITION SPEAKS

Your art journal is a great place for the intuitive power of collage. While you can build and arrange a collaged page according to a plan, it's really fun and often powerful to give your creative self free reign. To let your mind release control and let your intuition guide you as you choose your images (shapes, color, line, pattern...), combine and alter them. Just play.

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FACING DOWN YOUR INNER CRITIC

We all have our own lurking Inner Critic.

Some are louder and meaner than others, some sound a lot like other voices from our lives, and some are quieter and less overt but just as critical. You are probably intimately familiar with your Inner Critic when you begin to create something new—whether it's a page in your art journal or anything else.

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I SAY EVERYONE SHOULD ART JOURNAL

My secret dream is that everyone in the world keeps an art journal. Wouldn't that be something? A whole world of people, young and old, sick and healthy, laborers and power brokers, all who reflect, experiment, express...who witness and value their own creativity... and then go out into the world as the creative beings they are (we all are) and unleash that force into all the occupations on earth.

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DO YOU GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO PLAY?

As the oldest of three siblings with a single mother, I carried responsibility from an early age. I took care of my brother and sister, household chores and dinners, and somewhere along the way I also  made it my job to keep everyone happy. (Ahem, I'm working on that). I learned that play came after work—if at all.

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