"The artist must possess
the courageous soul
that dares and defies."
"stories," my younger daughter created this 9x12" art journal page when she was 8
loose watercolor paper, neocolors + water
"love," my younger daughter created this 8x11" page when she was 9
colored pencils on loose black card stock
"without paint," my older daughter created this 9x12" page when she was 9
loose watercolor paper, neocolors, watercolors
"candy," my older daughter created this 9x12" art journal page when she was 12
loose watercolor paper, neocolors, oil pastels, watercolor
I wanted to share with you some examples of the work that kids can do on loose paper or in a bound journal. My kids started doing a bit of art journaling simply by playing around with the art materials that I had out on the table. They use the same materials that I use for art journaling.
The key word is PLAY. If you want to work with kids to inspire them to start a journal, or a journaling habit, I suggest letting them see you work in your journal. It is so much fun, and your exhuberance will inspire them to try something creative.
Be sure that they know that they really can't make a mistake in their very own journal. It is not about the pretty page at the end! It is about enjoying the part where you create the art. The part where you get thoughts out on your paper.
➸ How to start an art journal? Art Journaling 101
➸ Materials for art journaling? Art Journaling 102: Materials
Art journaling is a great outlet for kids that love... the freedom of a blank canvas, to explore color + images + words, to decorate their thoughts, to get messy with paints. Young kids are so free about exploring creatively.
As kids get older, they often get concerned with what others think, get more critical of their work, less free with their creativity, more likely to worry about "rules" for whatever form of art they are doing. That's why art journaling is important. It focuses on the DOING not the RESULTS. Kids, especially tweens and teens, are more likely to play creatively if you don't give them constraints or set expectations. Please don't see this as an assignment, with rubrics and requirements. For moms who art journal, it's also a wonderful way to stay close and keep the lines of communication open -- by arting with your kids!