Writing on journal page - Real Writing or Pretend?

by Cathy Sylvester
(London, Ontario, Canada)

Mixed Media Art Questions for Milliande



" Writing on journal page - Real Writing or Pretend?


Sometimes it looks like you are not writing words on your pages just cursive writing.

I am interested to know if that is what you are doing or if I saw it up close would I be able to read it?
If it was a personal journal then writing of course would be important.

But if you are doing it as art, do you just write letters and nonwords.

Thanks for your consideration
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Cath Sylvester
London,Ontario, Canada

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Mixed Media Art Questions answered by Milliande

Hi Cathy,

and thanks for your art journal questions.

_ In most of my art journal pages I indeed write words ..not so much decorative words but words that mean something to me ... sometimes I use headlines, or write words boldly that pertain to the theme or concept of my art journal page ...so if I draw a page inspired by for instance seedpods ..I might write or rubberstamp the word SEED or POD etc across the page

~ as far as what I understand you to mean with your question .. my journaling words ...aka long strings of sentences or words that look like letterwriting ... they are all my words, my emotional responses to whatever I am drawing, sketching or painting at the time ...

~I often use contemplative words to respond to imagery that has arisen, or poetry or words that arise as I am thinking about the art journal page..what prompted me to create it, how I feel after creating it etc ...so yes...if you were close up you could probably read it ..

~ however most often I tend to use a form of subconscious writing ... there is a term for it that is often used which is " Free Writing" or " Automatic Writing" which basically is a form of writing that just flows out of me without really thinking about what I am writing ..so words dont necessarily start and end where they are " supposed to" but are often seemlessly flowing into each other.. there is no obvious beginning and end of a sentence..they sort of flow into each other and whatever comes out comes out ..

~ it is quite meditative in nature and I never go back and " read" it ..but rather the process of getting it out informs me in its own right of a meaning at the time of journaling and writing it ... and after it is out it no longer serves a purposes ...as it were ... It simply becomes part of the page

~ I sometimes write journaling to remember an idea, and event, a thought alongside some of the imagery .. but mostly when I use a Raw Sketchbook rather than and art journal page ...

~ Art Journal Pages for me are like Emotional Imagery Pages ..pieces where I respond to an idea with imagery ..where as Raw Sketchbooks for me are a collection of trials and art experiments , travel momentos , recording and sketching ideas that may later turn into an art journal page, or a painting but not necessarily..


hope that makes sense
milliande :-)

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