Here's another background done with Neocolour II water soluble crayons by Caran d'Ache - I am amazed how much more vivid they are when put on over a gesso base - how come I never knew that before? I loved how these colours came out so much that I forgot to take a basic picture until after I'd added the foliage, doodling and Modigliani lady! I used Posca paint pens to colour the leaves because they give an opaque colour over the background - I was just doodling and drawing here because I didn't immediately know what the page would be about.
But when I looked at it again, the point of the piece was obvious - I just LOVE these colours and they make me smile. Simple as that. So that's what I wrote, and then I doodled some more in the spaces. Job done.
We can easily make art journalling into something which seems complicated and difficult, but it needn't be. Just throw down some layers in intense colours that make you smile, add some collage elements you like, do a bit of doodling, then write whatever comes to mind! Don't let the idea that you have to write something profound and deep stop you from just having a go. If you don't have words of your own you can always use a wisdom saying or quotation that strikes a chord. Personally I rarely do that because this is my journal, my diary if you will, so I like the writing to be authentically my own thoughts and words, but you can do whatever works for you.
Now I must go and iron some stuff as I'm going away for a few days ... a change is as good as a rest, and I WILL be taking my basic journalling kit with me!