Those of you who have been following my blog might remember that I have a journal phobia (kind of). By this I mean that I have a fear of ruining my expensive shop-bought journals, so I tend not to use them. This, of course defeats the purpose of having a journal in the first place. But hey, I never said I was reasonable. In fact, I can be very unreasonable sometimes. I'm happy to say that starting a junk journal seems to have cured my phobia!
My junk journal is a 2011 business diary that my husband got from work but never used. I was going to throw it away, but then I thought I could use it to clean my brayer when Gelli printing. This way, I filled all the pages with colour in no time. Even at this point I wasn't quite sure how I was going to use it, but one night a few days ago I had a breakthrough!
It was close to midnight and I was about to go to bed, but I had this uncontrollable urge to create something. So I went downstairs and just started smudging paint with my fingers, sticking pieces of paper down, not worrying about the outcome. In about 10-15 minutes I completed a page. And I liked it! It felt wonderfully liberating to just enjoy the process of creating without having to worry about the result. After all, it's only a junk journal!
Since then I've created several new pages and feel really inspired to fill the entire journal. The fact that I already have some colour on my pages, really helps with the "staring at the blank page" syndrome. I just choose a coordinating Gelli print and go from there, adding more colour, images and doodling. I'm really liking this at the moment! I would recommend this process to anyone who would like to try journalling but doesn't know where to start. Here are some of my completed pages so far: