There are more ways it helps me:
- gives me chance to try new techniques without the pressure of failing
- I can try new colour combos
- helps my creativity to flow
- summarize some positive thoughts
And if I create something I really like, I'll try to do similar on canvas (I started one last night after a successful journal entry - see below)
You can use any technique you like, the only "criteria" is to enjoy. : ) I prefer collage and mixed media these days, I really like experimenting with it. But in fact if you add ANY illustration to your notes it's already an art journal.
I aim to make a new entry in my journal every day until my book is full. And who knows by the time I get there I may not be able to stop it.
Have you got an art journal? Can I have a peek? : )