This is the second excerpt from the course "Introduction to Magickal Art Journaling". Here, we discuss the advantages of using a journal to develop our magickal practice.
If art magick is such a powerful activity, why don’t we just go big and make a painting? Sculpt something?
Here’s why - perfection. Perfection is quite the poisoned chalice. We aspire to it and we resent it. Art and perfection have become so tangled together and that if we mere mortals try to be Da Vinci, we fail, get discouraged and give up saying “I just don’t have the talent.”
Art journaling gives us permission to avoid this. We need to focus on process, it’s the only way. We need to get our hands dirty, smell the paint, rip pages, allow the goddess to guide our hand.
For magick to be effective we have to do it, to do it we have to love it, to crave it and the same goes for art-making.
There is another more practical benefit to art journaling - it is easy to conceal what you are doing. Some of us cannot be open about our witchcraft or magickal work. Telling a housemate or family member you are going off to work on your journal is can be easier than saying you are going off to cast a spell or commune with the goddess.
An art journal is for no one but you and there is no right or wrong way to approach it. There is only your way.
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I'm Liz Watkin a fiber artist and educator with an online learning background. I've been sewing since I was a kid and love the therapeutic nature of crafts.