Should you try to make your pages "pretty"?
This is always a question - should art be decorative and pleasing to the eye, or should it challenge us to think?
Modern artists have broken the rules of prettiness for us, and allowed us to let the visual imagery that pleases us be, yes, UGLY.
But what do we want our pages to do?
They don't have to be pretty, but I admit I am slightly pleased with myself when the page turns out balanced, composed, nice to look at.
Not something I would hang in a frame, but something I can study for a long time without wondering how I would change it.
But if I am after mining the gems of my true authentic self - would that make a pretty page?
I have noticed as I work in my journal now, knowing I will likely post the page on this public blog, I care a bit more what they look like - when it was just me seeing them, I was a bit more free.
This goes with the territory of knowing the work is public.
But, in all my art, I try not to work for an audience - my self expression is more important to me than pleasing the crowd.
Because the crowd is fickle and there will always be some one who's opinion is different than yours, anyway.
Here is a page done with my journaling group - I tore up a Da Vinci sketch of horses, just pasted it sort of willy nilly, added a drawing of my own hand, and wrote some stuff.
I really wasn't trying to make it look good, but I do notice I worked with a consistent palette of colors and maybe drew lines that matched up a bit.
So, even our messes can be organized.
Just a bit.
It is not about what is pleasing to an audience - it is about what is pleasing to YOU!