HOW TO KEEP AN ART JOURNAL
The only rule in keeping an art journal is
….There are no rules!
You don’t need a lot of supplies to get you started.
Prepare a space to journal. It doesn't have to be a fancy art studio. Your kitchen table will work just fine. Just a place you can spread out your supplies so you can reach and grab something easily. I recommend a container or bag to hold your journaling supplies. That way when you are ready to journal you can just grab your gathered supplies
and get started.
However you work in your journal and the amount of time you spend journaling is completely up to you. You can do a page a day or every other day Even spend the whole day if you wish. What's important is that you find the time to journal.
So let's get started
Some necessary supplies are:
A purchased journal or sketchbook. Can even be a composition book from the Dollar Store.
Crayons, markers, acrylic paint, colored pencils, watercolor paint, anything to make color.
Pencils or Pens
Of course there are many awesome mixed media supplies and materials available to purchase or you can find things to use right in your own home. Here are some ideas to get you thinking:
Old ticket stubs
The list is endless. And it’s so much fun to gather these things. You’ll be surprised what you come up with.
There are just a few key note things that I would like you to keep in mind and make your journaling experience more enjoyable.
Start with a theme or prompt or create a title
Have something on every page even if it's just a word or scribble
Use lots of color
Thinking of a layout before beginning can help. I usually just wing it and get started
Experiment with letters and fonts
Reflect and write what inspired you to create each page
In creative journaling you have endless possibilities for artistic expression. Consider your journal as a visual diary where your thoughts, feelings, memories and emotions are stored.
You may choose to have a lot of writing or maybe your journal will be filled with just images. Either way consider it a form of self-care as you experience the benefits of art journaling.
I hope this inspires you to start a creative journaling practice.
Carry on and