What is an Art Journal?
Well, I’m not exactly sure because it’s such an individual and personal creation, but I can say what it’s NOT. It’s not perfect or perfectly orderly. It’s not just a diary or only text or only images. It can be wholly digital, all physical or a combination of the two. It isn’t made with a special pen, ink, paint, glue or software. It’s not any particular shape or size; it may not even be a book.
What if I don’t think I’m artistic enough?
So what? You are a human being with thoughts, emotions and experiences and that’s what fuels an art journal. Record those things in whatever way you feel best expresses them; that’s all you need to do.
What kind of materials do I need?
Anything and everything! Look at your digital library with fresh eyes for new ways to use the items in your art journal. For working with actual, printed paper, it’s helpful to have a basic assortment of your favorite materials and supplies on hand – an art journal tool-kit. A minimum kit might include pencils, erasers, pens (archival ink is a good idea,) scissors and glue stick for adding items to a page, stencils in basic shapes, fun stickers, colored paper or stock to cut shapes from and glitter.
What am I supposed to DO on a page?
Whatever you want. That sounds silly but it’s up to you. You can create in the digital world and then print to bring it into the physical world or the other way around. You can write one word, a paragraph or fill the entire page; draw a stick figure and color flowers around it, doodle the page full, add materials like beads, brads, wire, ribbon and yarn, staple or glue magazine pages in and decorate anything and everything with stickers and glitter. Lots of glitter!
Do I have to finish every page?
Nah… just leave them where they fall. This is your personal journal so do what you want: write one word, make one mark, leave a page half-done, fill it full - it’s completely up to you. If you want to keep your journal in the digital world or print it and bring it into the physical world, that’s for you to decide as well, there’s no one “right” way to keep your art journal!
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