Daily Archives: April 9, 2009

Use Symbols in Your Journal

Symbols are important to us–as people who want to say something, as artists, as creatives.  You already know a lot of symbols–letters and numbers for starters, but also everyday symbols–traffic lights, the signs for men’s and ladies’ rooms, interstate signs for food, gas, lodging. Until you begin to notice it, you don’t realize how many symbols you do know.

Creating symbols of your own, that are meaningful to you (and not necessarily to anyone else) is a part of  making raw art journals.  With just a few lines there are many symbols for communicating, for expressing, for creating your vision to be shared.

The clip below was originally sent to me by Andrea Kreuzhage, documentary filmmaker of The 1000 Journal Project. Andrea knows a thing or two about symbols. Below the clip is more information on Kirsten Murray, who created the clip. Music by Four Tet.