What my art journal does for me

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I love journaling as it is a great way for me to get my thoughts and emotions out of my head and onto paper. But when it comes to art journaling it means a whole lot more.

Here’s why

  • My art journal is like my very own diary. It is personal to me and it helps me to express what I am feeling at that moment in time. It is a place where I can express myself freely without judgement from anyone else.
  • My art journal helps me to practise different techniques and styles before committing them to expensive art paper. It also allows me to try out different mediums like watercolours and acrylics. I can try out any samples I have been given to see how they look on paper.
  • There are no rules when it comes to art journaling, so it doesn’t matter what I put in mine or how I use it. For example, one day I might write a poem with a calligraphy pen and the next day I might just do illustrations of cute animals. I am in control and nobody need to see my creations.
  • I can use my art journal as a planner to brainstorm themes and ideas for future projects. When I am in need of some inspiration I can look through my journal and I am guaranteed to find something in there that will spark an idea.
  • I like to take my art journal out with me when I feel the need to sit in nature for a while. I will sketch what I see so I have something for future reference if I want to produce a bigger piece.
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The above picture is what I created from one of my sketches in my journal.

  • My art journal is my best friend and it is a place to come and play and have some fun. I try to do this at least once a day.

HOW TO GET STARTED WITH YOUR OWN

1/ Buy yourself an unlined journal or sketchbook that will withstand watercolour and acrylic paints.

A good choice to start of with

2/ Collect together the supplies you will use in your art journal, for example,

  • Watercolours
  • Acrylics
  • Coloured pencils
  • Felt pens
  • Pencils
  • Fine-liners
  • Marker pens
  • Glitter pens
  • Glue
  • Images from magazines
  • Paper scraps etc

Start slow and build up over time.

A shoe box is a great place to keep your supplies in one place and organised, to which you can add to at any time.

3/ Create your own space to work in your journal. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, a kitchen table will do just fine.

Now all you have to do is to start journaling with your art and begin to unleash the creativeness from within.

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