An art journal is basically a diary. Anyone can make an art journal. The only difference is how you use it. You can use it like a diary every day, like a journey book of your life, things that happened to you, or just do sketches of interesting or memorable moments from your day or week.
I have been journaling most of my life, however never came across Art Journaling before.
Pinterest.com is jam-packed with ideas, and once I went searching for one thing I ended up landing on someone’s board entitled “Art Journals”. This fascinated me. I haven’t worked on any kind of crafts for years, lost interest and never picked it up again, yet this seemed intriguing and I loved the affirmations and quotes that were scripted on some of the pages. So I began, and I am hooked and I love it!
You DON’T have to be an artist, and you DON’T need to be a crafty person, and it ISN’T costly. Roughly, 90% of my supplies I find at Dollar stores or Walmart.
It really relieves the anxiety and frustrations at times; three or four hours go by and I feel a little better, sort of a soothing tactic instead of medication.
Just keep in mind, this is YOUR JOURNAL, so if you draw, paint, paste, color, write or create whatever ~~ it’s yours. You may choose to share it or keep it personal.
These are just a few of my art journal pages:
Supplies that I started off with:
- Watercolor paint, paint brushes
- Colored pencils, plain lead pencils, eraser, ruler
- Felt tip markers and fine tip marker
- Scissors, glue sticks
- Cotton balls (I found these to apply the paint to the pages easier than the brushes)
- Spare paper (to use between pages when painting, or applying glue or just to prevent spills etc etc)
- Index dividers – used for stencils or cut-outs
- Stack pads – they come in different colors and pretty prints
- The actual journal I found was a hard cover, spiral bound at the Dollar store. Mine was only $3.00 and covered it with sticky paper, otherwise the craft store wanted $15.00.
Hope you enjoy too!