Art Journaling Resources
general art journaling tips
- Don’t get caught up in what kind of journal or tools you need (obsessing over this stuff is a form of procrastination); it doesn’t have to be perfect. That being said, if you are planning on using a lot of glue, paint and/or water, it would be a good idea to get a journal with heavier paper (or make your own – I use 120lb watercolor paper). You can also use a regular sketchbook and glue pages together for sturdiness.
- Have fun & don’t panic.
- At the end of the day, it’s just paper with some stuff on it. It’s not a reflection of your worth as a human being. So if it looks like crap, just throw it out (you are allowed to do that) and try again later. I see too many people agonizing over their journals which in my opinion defeats the purpose – it’s a place of letting go.
- Since it’s a place of letting go, don’t be afraid to experiment. Try a new medium or technique.
- Be kind to yourself!
- Water & walk your journal every day.
- If possible set aside a regular space and time for journaling.
- It’s a process – even if you hate what you just made, realize that it’s just another step along the way and mistakes are necessary to figure out what will work.
- You can’t use gesso if you can’t pronounce it.
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- Many writing teachers, including Julia Cameron and Natalie Goldberg, suggest just writing for 3 pages or 15 minutes (respectively) without stopping and without regard to the quality of what you’re doing. The benefit of this exercise (which took me 9 months to truly appreciate) is that you get all the nervous energy, mundane thoughts and negative thoughts down on the page – which clears the channel for the good stuff. I think this method can be applied to painting or drawing (just doodle randomly), or whatever else you choose. It also helps you get into a creative mindset as it becomes somewhat of a ritual.
- Consider how you feel – physically and emotionally – and try to illustrate it.
- Limit your tools – try using just one black pen.
- What did you dream about last night (or whenever you last remember)? What were the main symbols or colors?
- Use everything but a paintbrush to get paint on the page.
- Go outside and take note (or write down) the first thing you hear somebody say (not necessarily to you). Journal it.
- Start with “I remember…” and go from there.
- Try to make the ugliest thing you possibly can.
- Pick 4 colors and stick to them.
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