A Youtube group that captures visual journals

A Youtube group that captures visual journals

This may sound a bit wacky but there is a group on YouTube that features videos of art journals. A video camera records someone turning each page of their visual journal. The video format provides a sense of seeing scribbles and notations within the overall context of a working visual journal.

Videos document the process of keeping a visual journal in a far more realistic manner as compared to carefully selected scans or photos of pages. Photos of selected pages can present work in visual journals as finished pieces in their own right. The impression that each page is finished, nothing is a mistake and everything is controlled can lead people to feel intimidated and they never try keeping one themselves. The creative process is never neat controlled and linear. There are many false starts and ideas half explored with a story that unfolding in haphazard way. Viewing the whole journla in context the viewer takes away a far more honest impression of the journal and as a result it is far more interesting.


  1. I’m so excited about the upcoming class on Feb 9, 2007 if the Take a stitch Tuesday is this great for FREE, can you imagine how wonderful aclass like encrusted embellihing is going to be? Hurry up Feb. and thank you so much Sharon for offering it again. I was so bummed that I missed it last fall.


  2. Thanks for the link, Sharon. Due to what I’ve learned from you, and the previous links you’ve shared to visual journal sites, I’ve begun one this year.

    What these videos did was show me that other “artists” who utilize this medium also do a bunch of writing in their visual journals … and a lot of taping in bits. That’s what mine looks like … more of a scrapbook of ideas pasted together than original drawings on the bound pages.

    Perhaps I’m on the right track after all. πŸ™‚


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