4 Tips for Creative Art Journaling

Art journaling can be so much fun; a creative outlet of expression of the heart. It can be a completely personal and private thing, or something to share and shed light into someone else’s life; the perfect thing to do on a cozy winter evening, curled up in your favorite spot with a cup of hot tea.

Perhaps the best thing about art journaling is that it never has to look perfect. It can be something that is scrawled in five minutes or precisely drawn in 2+ hours. Whichever way, it’s fun.

Since you’re reading this, you probably wish to start art journaling or give an existing one a bit of a face-lift. I would love to share some simple tips that will help you to create something both beautiful and meaningful, to stay focused and inspired, and to find time to do it.


1.     Knowing what to journal

This is probably an obvious question in your mind. Am I supposed to draw something? Paste in something? Write something? Honestly, you can do all three. Be as creative as you want to be. It is your moment in time when you can do anything. Some people would recommend molding your own “style”, but I think that is too limiting. Part of the fun of an art journal is putting in whatever is on your mind at the time.

2.     Keep it Simple.

This may be easier said than done if you are one of the many persons who wish to make perfect journal pages, yet trying to do all of it at once will be more than overwhelming. Focus on what is most important to you and go for it. If you want to embellish it later, that is awesome.

3.      Fearlessly express yourself.

Unless you choose to share your journal with someone, it is your own private place where you can record thoughts, dreams, heartfelt issues, joyous news, anything. It is okay to put down anything. Be bold! Be you!

4.     Embrace other Materials.

Art journaling generally brings paints and pencils to mind, but it can be so much more. Paste in clippings of favorite quotes, pictures, ribbons, write with colored pens. Perhaps that sounds like a scrapbook and that’s fine. Bring in what you like and be creative.


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