1. It's a place to mull over something bothering me. I usually paint over any things I've written about stuff that's really bringing me down. But just getting it down in the first place is a bit of help, even if I paint right over it.
2. I can practice something new that I've been meaning to paint, maybe a new style of birdie that I just don't want to put to canvas yet. Or this little fawn that I've been aching to paint.
3. My main love of doing this is creating pieces that give me encouragement. When I need some lifting up, I paint a message that I need to hear right at that particular moment. I may not hear it from anyone else, so I've decided my art journal is the place where I can be encouraging to myself. I've realized that I won't always hear what I need to hear from those I love.
Sometimes I've shared some of my encouraging journal pages online and they've spoken to others who've actually bought prints of them. This is an added perk - taking something really just meant for my creative exploring time and also inspiring and hopefully uplifting others too!
Do you have any messages you either tell yourself daily or maybe even paint or write down that seem to help you when you need a boost?