Do you keep a journal?
I’m juggling a bunch of projects at the moment — did I tell you that I’m writing a book? Gasp. That’s a post for another day! — and I’m trying to keep this blog going without killing myself in the process. One of the things that grounds me, and my kids, are our sketchbooks.
When we have an idea, it goes into the sketchbook. When we buy new markers we test them out in the sketchbook.
I’ve always loved having a visual journal, and as a parent I encourage my children to keep one as well. Not only do journals enable us to capture a moment in time, but they’re witnesses of our past that can fill us in on little secrets, and they’re powerful resources for sourcing new ideas. When I have a block and need some inspiration, I can flip back through my journals in search of a technique or image that recharges my batteries.
Favorite Sketchbook Resources
Check out my Sketchbook Board on Pinterest, updated frequently with new ideas.
Keri Smith, genius in every way. She’ll get you to think outside the box and is so good at pushing you outside your comfort zone. I think I want to be her.
Journal Fodder Junkies shares some good tips and tutorials on attacking the blank page.
If you’re on Instagram and you’d like to join my FREE Sketchbook Challenge, all the details you need are here: Tinkelab’s Double Page Spread Challenge
What about you? Do you keep a written or visual journal?