What is Art Journaling?

Have you ever wanted a special place where you can mix all kinds of media and not worry about the end product? To express yourself or just to play because it feels good to create? Drawing, painting, writing, collaging…

That’s what art journaling is. It’s like having a sketchbook diary, but way more fun, because you can use all sorts of media.

image of someone painting in an art journal

Art journaling is when you create a personal space in a notebook or journal dedicated to your art, thoughts, ideas, lists, experiences, etc. It can be for anything you want, at any given time.

It’s not just about drawing; it’s about expressing what’s inside you through a mix of art and words. It can be totally visual, or include the written word. Poems, stories, thoughts, quotes…the list goes on. You can paste photos, magazine clippings, memorabilia, etc. Are you getting the idea?

But Why Art Journaling?

Express Yourself

Art journaling is a fantastic way to show who you are and how you feel without having to use just words. It’s like your personal, private world where you can be as creative as you want.

There are NO RULES!

The best part about art journaling? There are no rules! You don’t have to worry about making mistakes or things not looking “right.” It’s all about having fun and exploring your creativity. Or just scribbling out something that’s on your mind.

image of someone drawing in an art journal

Relax and De-Stress

Working in your art journal is a great way to relax and let go of stress. It’s a calm activity that can make you feel peaceful and happy.

Improve Your Skills

By trying out different art techniques in your journal, you can get better at drawing, painting, and other creative skills. It’s a fun way to practice without pressure.

Getting Started

Starting an art journal is easy! All you need is a notebook or journal that you like, and some basic art supplies like pencils, pens, paint, and glue. Then, it’s just a matter of letting your creativity flow. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Pick a Theme

    Sometimes it helps to have a theme for a page or even your whole journal. It could be something like “My Summer Adventures” or “What I’m Grateful For.”

  • Just Start

    Don’t worry about making your first page perfect. Just start with something simple, like a favorite quote and some doodles around it.

  • Mix It Up

    Try using different materials and techniques. Mix painting with writing, or try adding some collage elements to your pages.

  • Write About Your Day

    Besides drawing and painting, write about what happened during your day or how you’re feeling. It can be a great way to keep track of memories and emotions.
    Bonus tip: if it’s something you don’t want seen, or to remember after writing it, you can always paint over it, or put some collage to hide it later. It’s a great way to just let it out!

image of hand painted art journal

Remember, It's Yours

Your art journal is your own creative space. Whether you want to keep it private like a diary or share some of your pages with friends or online, it’s entirely up to you. The important thing is that it’s a place where you feel free to express yourself and enjoy the process of making art.

So, why not start one today? It’s a fun, relaxing, and creative way to express yourself and capture your thoughts and experiences in a colorful, visual way.

Happy journaling!

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