My Art Journal

I am not that great at art – and when I say art, I mean visual art. Put a camera in front of me and I can sometimes work magic, but a paintbrush? Not so much.

When I was younger I used to draw and paint, my creativity fueled by my surroundings, school art classes, and family. When my Kindergarten teacher had decided it was time to retire, left my old school a few years after I had her, I presented her with a painted picture on canvas as a present for everything she had done for me, and my class.

Since then I transitioned to writing; writing poetry since 5th grade and later photography towards the end of 7th. I became less confident in my visual art skills, and I rarely chose to paint or draw compared to how often I’d jump at the chance of taking photos with friends.

Then, I was introduced to bullet and art journaling through Instagram and Tumblr.

Art journaling fit me like a glove. It could incorporate mixed media, a combination of painting, printed pictures, drawing, and writing. I could even add items like old receipts or ticket stubs from happy memories.

I would have to say that the brand Moleskine with it’s classic, blank pages is my preferred type of journal, and I have been filling these books for almost 2 years now.  I love sharing pages of whatever I happen to create here and there on my Instagram (@aesthatiic) and have cultivated inspiration from other people sharing photos of their favourite spreads on the platform.

Below I have added some of my favourite pages from these past few months. If you are anything like me, I hope this inspires you to start a journal of your own as they are outlets for creativity that can take as many watts as you are willing to put in.

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Toronto and the AGO

In July my family and I made a little trip to Toronto. It is one of the biggest cities in Canada (in fact, the biggest). We did a bit shopping, ate at some nice restaurants and visited St. Lawrence Market.

But the best and my favourite place we went to while in Toronto was The AGO, the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The exhibition we saw while visiting the museum was “The Idea of The North” by Lawren Harris, who was a part of the Group of Seven. The Group of Seven was a group of Canadian landscapes painters in the 1920s.

Below I have added pictures I took during the trip to Toronto, mostly images from the gallery. I hope you enjoy them!