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Embrace the imperfections of your Art Journal

You have ten minutes to play in your journal….

You keep on thinking about drawing or painting something….

I got you!

Often times many glorify perfection while the concept of imperfection has found a haven in the realm of art journaling. The pages of your art journal need not be flawless; in fact, they often come alive when they reflect the raw, unfiltered essence of your thoughts and emotions. So let’s celebrate the imperfect, a statement to the idea that things don’t have to be perfect in your art journal.

Liberating Yourself from Expectations

To me, art journals are personal spaces where you can liberate yourself from the constraints of perfection and societal expectations. There’s no need to conform to rigid rules or compare your work to others’. Instead, focus on the joy of creating and the freedom that comes with allowing your creativity to flow without the weight of perfection hanging over you. The joy is in the process!

Embracing Flaws as a Creative Expression

The pursuit of perfection can stifle creativity. Art journaling, on the other hand, encourages you to let go of the need for flawless execution. Mistakes, smudges, and unexpected outcomes can become stepping stones to new ideas and unexpected beauty. This is one of the reasons I love acrylic paints: they allow for mistakes and can “erase” any of them if needed. By embracing flaws, you open the door to a more authentic and personal form of artistic expression.

Finding Beauty in the Unplanned

Some of the most captivating artistic moments arise from spontaneity. I sit with an idea in mind and then out of nowhere I realise I want to draw or paint something totally different. Your art journal is a space where you can let your intuition guide your hand, allowing your ideas to unfold organically. Embrace unexpected colours and try some new ones, let lines meander, and allow your creations to take on a life of their own. Maybe even try a new subject! The beauty of the unplanned drawing sessions can be both surprising and deeply satisfying.

by Cristina Gabriela Panaet @

Building Resilience Through Imperfection

Each imperfection is a lesson learned, a reminder that growth and exploration require a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone. As you navigate the unknown space of your art journal, you develop resilience in the face of imperfection—a valuable skill that transcends the boundaries of artistic expression and one that can make your art even more intriguing.

by Cristina Gabriela Panaet @

Fostering Self-Acceptance

Art journaling is a journey of self-discovery, and it is often in imperfection that we find our most authentic selves. As you confront and accept the flaws on the pages of your journal, you cultivate a sense of self-acceptance. Your journal becomes a mirror reflecting not just your artistic evolution but also your journey towards embracing imperfection in all aspects of life.

by Cristina Gabriela Panaet @

Your art journal is a sanctuary for creativity, self-expression, and self-discovery. You can keep it very personal, you can publish some of the pages on social media. By letting go of the pursuit of perfection, you open the door to a world of untapped possibilities. Embrace the imperfections on your pages, for they tell a story of growth, resilience, and the beautiful, messy journey of being human. After all, things don’t have to be perfect in your art journal—they just have to be authentically, wonderfully, and imperfectly yours.

One of my first whimsical portraits back in 2013 - Cristina-Gabriela Panaet
One of my first whimsical portraits back in 2013 – Cristina-Gabriela Panaet

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