Art Journal – embracing imperfection

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Recently Ali Edwards blogged about her venture into art journaling with her family, she was inspired by Liz Lamoreux who also does art journaling. I thought it would be a fun activity for my daughters and I, they love to paint so this was a natural progression from our regular arts and crafts activities.

My daughters range in ages from 5 to 13, my goal for this activity was to have fun and make mistakes. I feel that we strive way too much for perfection, we ask our kids to perform at their full potential and often seek the most out of their performance. But what happens when they make a mistake? I’ve noticed that my girls would often decide that a drawing wasn’t good anymore because of a mistake. I want them to break away from this mentality, I want them to have fun, to make mistakes and see those mistakes as opportunities to findĀ  a way to make the mistake work within their project. We only have one rule when we do art journaling, we are not allowed to start over, we have to make it work, sometimes we love our painting and other times it is a learning opportunity, but I can guarantee that they look forward to this and always have fun.

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We bought our supplies at Walmart, just basic Crayola watercolor paint and art journals, nothing fancy or over the top. I was so happy when everyone wanted to participate in this activity, even my teen was eager to participate. I love that we take this time together, to sit and paint. To encourage each other with our art work and provide moral support when someone encounters a challenge. To guide our activity we often pick a theme, so far we’ve used pastels, circles, hearts and watermelon. No topic is off the table, we will accept any challenge and find a way to interpret it for our art journal. I try to reinforce that perfection is not the end goal with this project, painting, having fun and connecting is the goal, if we create something we love that’s a bonus.

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