art journaling is simply expressing your thoughts through the medium of words and art.
the reason i got into art journaling was and is a little more complex. i had always kept diaries and journals. the diaries i kept as a child were mainly silly stories about school girl crushes. my adult journals, on the other hand, were a different matter - they discussed real life, real feelings, real stories. when i turned 49, i realized i didn't want to leave my grown-up journals for anyone to read. my life, after all, had the good, the bad and the ugly all wrapped up together in a neat package known as donna dugone.
i unfortunately destroyed those diaries and journals because soon after their destruction, i picked up a book at Barnes and Noble about art journaling. i was so excited because while reading the book, i came to the realization that i could keep all the journaling about my life's journey, but gesso and paint over the journaling i didn't want anyone else to read. reading about art journaling that day was a day of freedom for me. although at that time i didn't know anything about being an artist of any kind, i determined to learn all i could about art journaling.