For every art journalist, there is a different style of art journaling but for me, my completed journal pages fall into one of four categories: confessional, documentational, affirmational or procedural. (There is, of course, always some overlap between categories.)
The word "journaling" implies that something will be recorded and so there is tremendous emphasis in the art journaling community on pages that have a point: words in the form of an illuminating quote or personal musings and visual material that illustrates the focus or content of the page. Sometimes I get weighed down (and consequently stuck) by the concept that my pages need to have some deeper reason for existing. If you get bogged down on a page, wondering what the content needs to be, perhaps it's time to change your focus.
This journal spread is an excellent example of pages with no hidden meaning, what I'm calling "procedural" pages. I've been blissfully painting random patterns on old book pages and I wanted to capture the results of that art play. That's it. I simply like how these looked all together. The process of creating this spread is where I really reaped the rewards art journaling can offer: relaxation, time to contemplate, time to imagine "What if?"
I've often heard people say "If only I could do a journal just of backgrounds!" Well, why not? Who said that backgrounds aren't enough? Don't sell the process short. Play in the paint and bits of paper and if you don't feel compelled to "finish a page off," maybe that page is, in truth, already complete. Be wary of operating under imaginary rule books.
PS...This is my entry for Aimee's new feature at Artsyville called "Glue It Tuesday!" I love to cut and paste so this is a perfect challenge for me! Hope you'll join in too! (The link list will be up every Tuesday at Artsyville.)