Art Journal for a Writer

by Barbara Martin

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Every idea starts somewhere

Every idea starts somewhere

One of my current areas of creative interest is art journaling.  Here is an interview I did for the 31st day of the 30 Art Journals in 30 Days project out of Dirty Footprints Studio. 

Artist, teacher and instigator extraordinaire Connie Hozvicka asked:

•How long have you been Art Journaling?
A couple of months — since I signed up for Art Journal LOVE Letters.

•How has Art Journaling impacted, changed, or enhanced your life?
It’s bringing more color into my life through visual and tactile play, a welcome change from spending all that time “in my head” as a writer. It also surprises me and sometimes startles me. It is a new way for me to reach that sometimes elusive flow state we creatives live for. And it is a welcome creative change from “writing” … especially since there are absolutely no rules! Also no expectations. Very freeing, very fun.

•What are a few of your favorite Art Journaling materials?
I like a good pair of scissors. I am a fan of Elmer’s repositionable gluestick. Love the brilliant colors of Prang tempera paint in the strip of teeny tiny pots. And glitter. Must. Have. Glitter. Only Stickles brand glitter will do. (Can I just say gel medium was a revelation? Yes, that much a painting neophyte!)

•Who are some of your favorite Art Journalers? 
I am such a beginner (and live in a cave) that I don’t have strong preferences — yet. I love and savor every art journal I see and am slowly working my way through all the astounding variety of amazing art journalers included in Connie’s 30 Days project. HUGE THANKS to every art journaler who so generously shares their work and their techniques! Totally inspiring and so so so helpful.

•What kind words of encouragement would you say to an Art Journal newbie?
Umm. Just try it, you’ll like it! You can’t do it wrong. Play around! Start with whatever materials or supplies you have on hand, you can doodle in ballpoint pen on a notepad if that’s what you have to work with.

•Where can we contact you…give us some link LOVE!!  where I write about creativity and offer up the occasional helpful tip

•Short Bio.

Nowadays, I would probably tell you I am a creativity coach and writer, because writing is the only constant art form throughout my life. But. That might be a bit of an untruth.

When I was little, my favorite school subject was Art. In college, I wanted to do sculpture but got an MBA instead. Next, I looked into becoming a potter but ultimately became a garden designer. (In retrospect, that’s playing in the mud/sculpting with colorful plants and flowers,right?!)

In mid-life, I enrolled in some art courses, but soon stopped when I got pregnant. A while back, I got excited about photography. Since dropping the garden design bit, I’ve been dabbling off and on at improvisational acting (and more public speaking) when I’ve felt brave. In the past year, something snapped again. I’ve taken informal rec classes in drawing, collage, and art journaling! Right now I am part of Connie’s fabulously fun and exciting BIG program fooling around with expressive painting.

Ya think maybe I’ve been a (frustrated) artist all along? Hahaha.

If there’s one thing I have learned through training as a creativity coach — ironic, I know — it’s that we each have a deeply creative person within us. Creative people MUST have that creative outlet. It’s as essential as breathing itself. Trying to avoid it is like smothering part of yourself in slow motion. Don’t let that happen to you!

ps A little show and tell



pps I’ve found lots of goodness in the online introduction to art journaling course Connie offers over at Dirty Footprints Studios….

And be sure to check out her entire series on 30 different art journalists in 30 days with interviews and bios and demonstrations at


Tell me about your art journal?


Connie July 31, 2010 at 8:54 am

I LOVE it!!! I LOVE how your Art Journal can startle you!!

That is awesome.

You are awesome–and I was sure that one of your favorite Art Journaling materials is your words!! Barbara–I LOVE watching you dance with words!

Thanks for sharing!

Big hugs,

ABCcreativity July 31, 2010 at 10:24 am

great creative interview! i especially love “It’s bringing more color into my life”… sooooo freeing!

TopazPearleGirl August 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Loved your interview and your pages!

Kelley August 2, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Great interview and love your art journaling Barbara!! I know what you mean about being “in my head” all the time. I think that’s one of the things I love about art/creativity so much – somehow it gets me out of my own way for a bit.

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