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    Sep092014

    Art Journaling 101

    How do you start an art journal? 

     "Art journaling is about the {creative process} of pulling together color, words and images as you wish on a page. Unlike many other forms of art, it is not about the outcome."
    Tammy Garcia

    Original post 2008 * Updated September 2014

    The type of art journaling that I talk about is very loose and free and unencumbered by rules. Art journaling is simply doing art in a journal. To make an art journal, you do not need a kit, a coach, a lesson or a guidebook.

    1. Get creative books for inspiration and motivation

    1,000 Artist Journal Pages by Dawn DeVries Sokol
    Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself by Sabrina Ward Harrison
    The Journal Junkies Workshop, by Scott and Modler 
    Good Mail Day by Jennie Hinchcliff
    Journal Spilling by Diana Trout
    Creative Illustration Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists by Katherine Dunn
    Artist's Journal Workshop by Cathy Johnson
    Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking by Jill K. Berry
    The Creative License and An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory
    The Art Journal Workshop by Traci Bunkers

    2. Gather art materials

    Art journaling does not have to be in an actual journal. ♥︎ Art journalists use an array of materials to create journal pages. Collect as many free things as you can find, and keep your eye out for paper treasures like maps, ticket stubs, notes, receipts and handwritten lists.

    ➸ Info about art materials for art journaling can now be found in Art Journaling 102: Materials.

    3. Collect + make stuff for your journal

    Find stuff. Ephemera is a fancy word for stuff you put in your journal. Here are some examples: pages from old textbooks, maps, receipts, recycled stuff from other art projects, product packaging, clothing labels, old photographs, scrapbook paper, lyrics, lottery tickets, polaroid photos, postage stamps, raffle tickets, grocery lists, lists of any type, subway maps, airline tickets, event announcements, advertisements, ribbon, fabric.

    Make stuff. You can make things to use on your art journal pages. Things like abstract paintings, notes on a particular subject, stencils that you cut, photos taken specifically for your journal, doodles, your own handwriting. 

    4. Find a space to work

    You do not need a dedicated studio space to art journal. An art studio is a luxury but you don't need a dedicated art play space to be an art journalist. Just a part of a table is enough space to work. You'll need a bit of space to handle your art materials, a space that might expand the more involved you get. I use my breakfast table to work on journal pages. If I am using acrylics, I place a large piece of cardboard under my journal to protect the table. If your workspace is temporary, keep your materials for journaling in a basket, box or zip-lok baggies for easy access while you work. 

    I categorize and organize my art materials in baskets, grouped by how they are used. For example, stuff for embroidery is in the embroidery basket. Stuff for watercolor is in another basket. Brushes are kept upright in cups. I take out the baskets I need and spread stuff out on the table. Most nights, I clean everything up! If you lack workspace, I bet you can figure out a way to make it happen. You could use a tiny rolling cart, a table at the side of your kitchen, a folding card-table, the floor, your kitchen counter... or take your things to a coffee shop. 

      

     

    5. Follow creative prompts & participate in challenges

      

    6. It's about the process, not the end result

    It is easy to get caught up in photos of art journal pages and wind up down a rabbit hole and not spend time working in your own journal. The idea is not to emulate the style of any other artist. Let your pages be YOURS. All of the possibilities have not yet been explored!

    Art journal pages are usually not structured or formulaic like you would see in scrapbooking or greeting card making. The focus is on words + color + imagery.

    ➸ I'm teaching two abstract watercolor workshops. Watercolor Playground is an introduction to watercolor painting. Painted Paper Paradise focuses on abstract watercolor and gouache painting techniques.

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    Reader Comments (58)

    This is great. I typically prefer to do abstract paintings and this might be a good way to compile a bunch of different ideas for larger works.

    07.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDoober

    Thanks so much for this it really cleared me up I got confused about when I searched it up but you explained it better than anyone

    08.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

    Wow! Really love all these infos! I´m a novice at Junk Jornals, and it´s great for me. xx

    08.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia

    What a great introduction to art journaling...I have been looking for something easy to understand on art journaling...Can't wait to get started!

    10.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterShirsha

    this inspires me!

    10.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

    So many helpful bits of information Tammy. Thank you for having such an easy to use and informative website! I'm starting to think of Daisy Yellow as my bible!! :)

    01.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

    Enjoying your blog. Do you work on both sides of your paper. I am using watercolor paper and plan to bind pages together. Should I work on both sides? Is there a blog where people post their art journals?

    01.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterVicki Romaine

    Beautiful...I love it all!!!

    02.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCrazy Sox

    I love this! I remember loving it before, but perhaps it feels more organized with the revisions? I dunno. It's good to read it again. Thank you. I'm starting a new art journal today.

    03.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlivia Lane

    You're so inspiring! Thanks so much for your encouraging and enthusiastic introduction to Art Journaling! I'm looking forward ICAD 2013 class. Even though I'm no kind of artist by any means of the imagination, you've encouraged me that I can make something interesting and at least presentable to start with as I begin my new journey into Art Journaling. Thanks so much for all of the excitement I feel!

    04.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

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