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How Can Art Journals Create Joy?

I need reminders.

I use a calendar for appointments. I use a timer for cooking. I frequently use an art journal for personal growth and insight.

As shown in some of my previous posts I like creating simple pages in my art journal.

This loose-leaf art journal page is created with pencil (erased after painting), watercolors and Sakura Gelly Roll Metalics.

Always Remember to do the Things That Bring You Joy Art Journal page by Grace Mendez
Always remember to do the things that bring you joy

I have found the secret to living a meaningful life is to focus on your values.

When I move away from my values I lose my way. I wish I had learned this earlier in my life. Although I understand this and believe this to be true I still forget. I go back to my old habits and ways of thinking.

Most likely, finding joy or living with joy is a common value for many people although you may call it by another name: happiness. I don’t believe they mean the same thing but they are related.

To my, joy is a step up from happiness. Joy speaks to me of elation and going all the way to the core of the being.

Creating this page brought me joy in these ways:

  • I was creating a page with meaning to me
  • I can use it to remind myself about what I value
  • I like the colors

It may be simple and mundane and not have meaning to anyone else but me. That is the point of keeping an art journal. It has meaning to the creator.

What are your core values? Would it make good subject for a whole art journal?

You may notice two circles on the right hand side of the page. I am creating on an online art journal course and this is one of my loose leaf practice pages.