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Exploring the Beauty of Little Art Journals ๐ŸŒผ

Art journals have become a popular means of artistic expression, allowing artists to combine various forms of media in a personal and intimate format. While larger sketchbooks and canvases are more traditional, small art journals offer a unique and distinct canvas for the artists to explore their creativity. Here are some pros and cons aspects you should to take into consideration when choosing your art journal as a compact creative space.

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Why I love Small Art Journals

  1. Portability

One of the most significant advantages of small art journals is their portability. These compact journals can easily fit into a backpack, purse, or pocket, making them ideal for on-the-go adventures outside of the studio. Whether you’re commuting, traveling, or simply moving around your home, you can bring your artistic vision with you wherever you go.

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  1. Intimacy and Focus

The smaller format of these journals encourages a sense of intimacy and concentration. I find that working in a confined smaller space allows me to focus more on the details of my art. I can’t go beyond the edge of the page, so I have to draw and paint within the boundaries of it. No one has to know what I choose to draw, paint or write in my journal, so it’s like having a personal conversation with my creative muse, free from distractions.

  1. Creativity Within Constraints

Limitations can spark creativity. Small art journals force the creative artist to think more critically about composition and design due to the limited space. This constraint can lead to innovative solutions and artistic breakthroughs, pushing artists to experiment with different techniques and materials.

  1. Quick and Efficient

Small art journals are perfect for those who like to work quickly and efficiently. Since the canvas size is limited, it’s easier to complete pieces in shorter timeframes. This rapid workflow can be immensely satisfying, allowing you to see progress and build momentum more quickly. You can draw something quick in your lunch break or even before breakfast!

What you might not like about Small Art Journals

  1. Limited Space

While this can be a positive aspect, it can also be something you would have to deal with when working in a small journal. The most apparent drawback of small art journals is their limited space, and for those who enjoy working on larger pieces might be a frustrating constraint. Complex or detailed works may be challenging to execute in such a confined area.

  1. Limited Display Options

Finished pieces in small art journals may not have the same impact as larger artworks. They may be less suitable for gallery exhibitions or public displays. You might need to photograph or scan your work and share it digitally or in printed formats to reach a wider audience.

  1. Less Room for Experimentation

While constraints can encourage creativity, they can also limit experimentation. If you want to explore expansive or grandiose ideas, you may find that small journals are too limited for your artistic vision, and might want to switch to a larger art journal.

  1. Durability

Small art journals may be less durable than larger sketchbooks or canvases. They can be prone to wear and tear, especially if carried around frequently. You need to take extra care to protect your work and preserve the journal’s integrity. But with a little extra care that’s more than doable!

I used to work in a small art journal because that would make it faster to complete a page, but somehow it got lost and I can’t find it although I’ve looked everywhere. It was a Daler Rowney A6 journal and I still hope I’m going to find it some day and finish all its pages.

Small art journals offer a unique creative experience, combining portability, intimacy, and the challenge of working within constraints. They are an excellent choice for those who enjoy quick, focused, and on-the-go creativity. However, these journals may not suit everyone’s style or ambitions, especially those who prefer larger canvases and greater room for experimentation. Ultimately, the choice between small art journals and other mediums depends on your personal preferences, goals, and the nature of your artistic expression.

At the moment I’m working in a Daco spiral A6 journal. It’s a quick art project because it’s small and you can finish the pages in one standing if you want! Here are some of the papers I have completed and some who are still in progress.

I’ll post more pages soon!

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