This week I had a number of students and friends ask me exactly what is a project journal?
For me it is a safe place where there is no judgement. I write what ever comes to my mind, it is a way of finding myself, finding my voice, finding my projects. Sometimes there are random thoughts that get strung together. Many times they are feelings from the past, present and future that don’t always make sense. It is a dialogue that I have back and forth with my creativity and my mind. Best part is there is no judgement from the pages I write on, so I am free to be me. Even when I think my thoughts and feelings are ridiculous, I write them down anyway. Many times random thoughts pop into my mind and I have no idea where they came from but I honor my creative process enough to indulge in them showing up, and I celebrate them by writing them down on a page. Often with creative ideas, thoughts and feelings pop up out of the blue and we need space and a place for them to germinate until we are ready to cultivate and pick them. For me committing to a project gives structure to my creativity. Something creatives need desperately. My accountability place. A way to work on S.M.A.R.T. goals which create attainable dreams manifesting. Is isn’t enough to have an idea or enough to love to make art. NO different then raising children, there is a structure and a timetable that happens while our children or art grows and becomes independent.
Remember the journal you write in always listens to what you have to say, there is no right or wrong, it is your safe place.
So this is my challenge for you. I have a new Journal that I am writing it. It is a project journal for a body of work I am putting together. Do you have a project journal? Take a moment and think about that…….Writing is a release, an exploration and an excavation process. It is a way to untangle ideas and give voice to new stories. One of my dear friends is a writer and she has taught me so much about how to structure visual stories. Let me know if you are already using a project journal or if you are ready to jump on board?
I do have more then one project journal I work on at a time. One of them is on the new body of images I am creating and the other is on the Masterclasses I am creating. One of the Masterclasses will be dedicated to being my Project Journals. So go forth and find a journal that speaks to you. Take the first page and list some ideas you are thinking about committing to. Don’t over think it, just start writing. This is the way it begins……
This post is published with permission from its author Laurie Klein. The original post appeared on her website.