Published on March 20th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain7
Beginning Your Art Journal
Art journaling has been around for a while.
What is art journaling?
Basically, you use a sketch book and create art in it, add words, phrases, anything with personal meaning.
It’s about expressing yourself through your creativity without worrying too much what you end up with.
To me, it’s about making mistakes, and seeing what happens when I play. I don’t often use words in art, I want to add that into my art more often.
I used to draw a lot in high school. Not so much anymore.
I enjoy art, watercolors, paint, texture.
I enjoy quotes and sayings that apply to me, or I think are funny or appropriate.
I got a cheap journal.
It was like $2.
And I am determined to play with it, on occasion, to forget rules and just have fun.
I am hoping it will be relaxing.
When beginning your art journal, spend as much as you want to spend.
You can keep supplies cheaper, or buy art-quality supplies.
It’s up to you.
I looked at several journals. This one had some nice thicker paper. I chose it knowing I would be painting in it, and using markers.
I found that I skip pages between to keep the second paper clean and unpainted or unmarked.
I love to sketch on book pages, in fact, I use several books in working my craft projects.
Some people see this as destructive, I see it as new life for the books.
Let’s start out with an easy page.
Tear out a page, tear along the sides, then add some watercolor to the page. I used a light purple.
Adhere this to the page of the sketch book.
Next,we are going to start out the easy way.
I simply drew on book page. I drew a few doodled flowers, adding some color with watercolors, then letting them dry.
Once the paper is dry, cut out the flowers, cut out the leaves. (You may be more worried about the direction of the book print. Me? Not so much.)
Now place them on your page as such. I leave edges and sides unglued, so to have more dimension on the page.
At the end, I wrote the word delight, then cut that out and added it to the page.
For a little more advanced page. Let’s try that Blackout Poetry.
Blackout Poetry is essentially taking a book page, and creating poetry with the words that are already there.
You can circle your poetry, add boxes, or simply just use a black marker to obscure the other wording on the page.
I am going to give you the cheat method.
I am not great at watercolor. I have little patience and never allow the paint to dry long enough. I almost always end up with blended and painted images that I didn’t do intentionally.
I did a poetry sheet, then ended up with my poems words bled on to. So I decided to cheat.
I let it dry, then cut out my images, the flowers below.
When I was finished adding the flowers to the page, I had disjointed wording. So I took another page, and cut out phrases and words to create my poem again.
I love that, I make a mistake, and it’s not a whole page ruined. That was the hard part for me. Adjusting to mistakes on the page, felt like it didn’t work for me.
Now I have a textured and fun page, with things I can live with.
I honestly love how these pages turned out. I love adding to the page, instead of trying to work the whole page perfectly.
I hope you will give this a try, and see what you can come up with.
By the way, I highly recommend giving some pages to the kiddos to see what they come up with. I usually send them back to add in more words a couple times. I have found out what wonderful poets my minions are!