Exclusive Interview with Diana Trout May 26 2015, 0 Comments

This month for the Art Journal Emporium we were lucky enough to get an EXCLUSIVE interview with Diana Trout, author of Journal Spilling (our book of the month club choice). I'll share just a few of the questions/answers with you here, along with some of her GORGEOUS artwork! If you are a member of the Art Journal Emporium check into our Book Club classroom to get the FULL interview!

What does art journaling mean to you?

To me, it means that I get to play with whatever materials I want! I can write, collage, paint, scribble. I can explore thoughts, shapes, colors. It’s not going to be judged or put on a wall for purchase. It doesn’t need to be archival. It is mine alone and non-precious.

If you could give one piece of advice to an artist struggling with self-doubt what would it be?

This is really tough and you just have to work through it. Recite a mantra. I like the Little Train That Could: “I think I can, I think I can.” It the mark on paper that feels permanent. Put your hand up if you sing in the shower. Are you a professional singer? Do you dance at weddings? These artistic expressions don’t leave a mark so we are more comfortable with them. I like to remind people that there is always gesso and collage to cover things up.

You can find Diana Trout online here: http://www.dianatrout.typepad.com

(All images used with permission of Diana Trout from her blog).