Art Journal Basics
If you are new to art journaling or considering starting an art journal, we want to help you get on the right foot. Learning the basics of art journaling will help you apply your creative side to a wonderful art form where you can express your thoughts, feelings and ideas.
What Is An Art Journal?
What Do You Use For An Art Journal
What To Look For In An Art Journal
Making Your Own Art Journals
- First thing, you will want to remove some of the pages to make room for your art. Use a craft knife to remove the pages close to the binding. How many pages you remove is up to you. But you should start by removing every 10 pages to start with. You can always remove more later.
- You may want to strengthen the pages by gluing two pages together, Use a brayer or some other tool to spread the glue and flatten the pages.
- You will also want to gesso the pages as a base for your art. Gesso is like a white paint that covers the wording on the page and strengthens the page too.
- Gather some paper together and cut the paper to the size that you need.
- Fold them in half
- Make two holes in the center of the crease
- You can use brads or twine to hold the pages together.
Reasons To Start An Art Journal
- Art journaling is fun! It is a playful activity where you can unleash your inner child, You can create anything you want without being judged by anyone. You create wherever your creative side takes you.
- You can create a small piece of artwork every day. There is no pressure to finish or make each piece perfect.
- You can grow artistically. There is the ability to learn new ideas and techniques. You can take this as far as you chose, It is your choice.
- It is a stress reliever. In a world where stress is everywhere, your art journal will be a place to relax and create. You can express your thoughts, fears, ideas and shut the world out.
Supplies For Art Journaling
- Pens-Look for pens that are waterproof and do not smudge. You want them to be waterproof so that you can use other media with them. Pens can be used for writing, doodling, and drawing.
- Markers- There are so many markers to chose from. Try buying a set of markers in basic colors and add on as you go. Note that many markers have different tips from fine lines to broad tips to brush markers, Decide which ones will work best for you.
- Paint Brushes- Start out with student grade brushes, When you get more experienced you can move up to a better grade.
- Acrylic Paint-You can go crazy with these. There are so many colors to chose from! Start out with less expensive paints. Sometimes you can buy them as combinations in sets. They are more reasonable that way. Later on, when you feel more comfortable, you can start getting the more expensive version.
- Watercolors- If you are not too fussy, experiment with an inexpensive set of student-grade watercolors.
- Stamps- Word stamps and alphabet stamps are a great way to start. If you have other stamps in your stash, you can certainly use them.
- Ink Pads-Stick to archival inks because they are waterproof
- Stencils- there are so many things that you can use these for.
- Sponges give you texture no matter what media you are using.
- Make up the sponges-give smooth texture
- Q-tips- Give a unique stamp on your art
- Bottle caps-used to make circle stamps
- Used drier sheets added to pages to make the texture
- Paper towels and napkins can also be used as a texture on your pages
- Toilet paper rolls