Intro: I am sure many of us have heard of Omni Journals...or maybe even have one. I decided that it was time to dedicate a notebook/sketchbook as a personal omni journal.
What is it? If we look at the definition of "omni" we can easily define the journal itself as well. Omni means "all; of all things; in all ways or places" so just use that definition with a journal. Which in summary means that this journal has no limits like this blog. Mixed media journal, scrapbook journal, paint journal, sketchbook, art book, doodle book, diary...etc any and all of those things combined is an omni journal. You can go from doodling to writing down dreams that you have had... events that have taken places or even put pictures you take in the journal and decorate the page as you would do in a scrapbook.
That is why I like the idea of omni journaling - there are no limits... no clear definitions.
My omni journal: I decided to keep it small in size as I wanted something that I could easily carry around any where I went... from doctor's office to shopping or work or even dinner at a restaurant. The main purpose was to have a surface to place my thoughts and ideas on and have them be readily available in one location. Previously I have had multiple sketchbooks and journals scattered around: some at work, some at home, some are actually sticky notes laying in the car.
I wanted to get rid of the imbalance to get some stress off of my shoulders. Too much stress that is created from materials gets in the way of the actual art from being created. i purchased the Strathmore Sketchbook 300 Series that is 3.5" x 5.0" and has 100 sheets.
The other psychological way of looking at this is - the size of the journal that I picked. I think artists (or anyone in general) feels more accomplished when they have smaller tasks that they can check off. Compared to one big task getting completed that takes just so much time to complete in the end it looses it's full apperiation from the creator. By having a journal/sketchbook that is small I want to set myself up for achieving personal goals on completing sketchbooks... something I have never done in my life before. I have countless sketchbooks and journals that are unfinished... some close to finishing but deserted. It's always good to have small motivations in life that keep our inner self pleased because in the end if we are happy with ourselves then we are going to feel better about the things we create. In order to appericiate the works I create more than I currently do I want to show myself that I am capable of accomplishing art related goals. By completing these small journals I hope to achieve this goal... as it is going to help in leading to bigger projects (like the Sketchbook Project).
Final thoughts: You'll be seeing actual snippets from my journal in the future categorized under it's own keyword Omni Journal.
I used to be a digital artist but switched back to traditional art as I feel more connected with the art I create this way. Currently, I create art whenever I can for art trades and commissions. I have worked with clay (earth clay to modern forms like Polymer, Sculpey, even Air Dry clay) along with watercolors, acrylics, oil paints, pastels, charcoal, pen and pencil drawings, India ink, Chinese Colors, wires, felt fabric, yarn, weaving, basket making, and the list goes on and on. I am currently working on exploring nail art, make-up, dress making, scrapbooking, and small canvas art.
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