I think the thing I enjoy most about art journaling is the lack of pressure. This art is for absolutely nobody but me, it is not outcome focused so the merits of the completed page don’t matter, I can feel free to experiment and mess around with materials and see what emerges, and as such I can step out of my head a bit and just let my hands and eyes do their thing. This latter aspect is so important in my life and might be the thing I miss most when I don’t have time for arting. I spend a lot of time in my head, the cogs in my brain constantly whirring, thoughts in constant motion, and combined with my control freak, overly organised ways, it can all get a bit mentally fatiguing. Sitting down at my art table with a mug of tea and the birds chirping outside the window is, therefore, super relaxing and recharging.
All of which preamble is to explain how this somewhat bonkers image appeared in my art journal and why I really like it even though it is pretty random. Over the course of a few days, I took a breather at my art table and added to this page in gradual increments until I felt like it was done and needed no more messing with. What I ended up with was a sort of bunny girl with a bit of a matryoshka shape going on. I have no idea what it means or what it might say about my psyche but it most definitely got me to step outside my busy head space for a bit. And very refreshing that was too.
PS You might recognise the paper from my recent tea cup collage. It turns out that failing to tidy art materials away helps with creative spontaneity.