Art Journaling – Many Types

Art journaling has become very popular over the years.  So what is Art journaling? Is there a predetermined way to create one? Does every page have to be filled or finished? Is the a certain type of journal you have to use? My answer to these questions is simple... No! You do not need to follow

any specific guidelines. If you want your journaling to follow set rules, that is fine. If you want it to be project specific, fantastic. If you only have notebook paper and pens to use, no problem. 

I personally do  my journals more project specific. Needless to say I have quite a collection of Journals. This photo actually shows only about a half of the journals I own.

The first few journals I created were for creating Zentangles and simple line art. From there I started doing Word Art Journals. I had no rules, they were simply for my eyes only. Since then I have actually gone back through them and created other art that was inspired by some of those first few journals. I also have journals I use to test new techniques and background ideas. Those are very relaxing to me since they have no pre-formatted idea behind them. I use them a lot when I have no specific idea for a new project but want to keep my artistic mode going. Then I have some I use just for mixed media. They are the more standard types of Art Journals and a lot of the pages are from Art Journal tutorials I have found online.

Then I have my "Girls Only" Art Journals. No it doesn't mean that guys can't see them. lol They are journals that I make pictures of the little girls I so love creating.  Some of those pages have made their way into becoming prints for my shop, others are just for me and a few are from online tutorials.

 They don't have to complicated, specific, or time consuming. You may only have 15 minutes a day to dabble in yours and that is perfectly ok. Maybe you just want to write about your day and do some little doodles around the edges, that works too. So no matter how you decide to use a journal, it's all good. Your journals are for you, it's up to you what do with them, how to use them and who you want to see them. Just let your creativity out and have fun! 

Hugs & Love from Ranae'

Art Journal Stalemate

Art Journaling has become very trendy over the past few years. I myself have started quite a few, but I always seem to get to a point where I stopped. This bothered me for quite a while as it seems as if I could never get more than just a couple of journal pages before I became bored with it. Until now…

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You probably recognize this lil gal from my post on Emotions & Art

After pondering why, I could never seem to really get enthusiastic about art journaling, I finally realized that it was because I am the type who tends to advance quicker and more fluidly when my process has some type of organized thought process behind it.  So I began my own “Girls” Art Journal.

 

Since beginning this journal on the 10th of June, it seems ideas for new pages are coming to me consistently and I am having such a great time filling my pages.

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This is also a wonderful place for me to test out new color schemes, new products, new theme ideas etc… For example, with the Fall Girl above I wanted to try out a darker skin tone than I typically use. By testing it in my journal, it took the pressure off and allowed me just to be free to experiment.

My next page spread I wanted to see how I would like using colored pencil for part and then watercolor paints for other parts. Just me testing a different way to come up with skin tone and textures, so my Mermaid Girl was created.

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My latest girl, the Naturalist Girl, was a mixture of watercolor crayons, paints, acrylic marker pens and colored pencils. My focus on her was to make her more whimsical.

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Now that I finally figured out why the journals were so hard for me to stick with my mind is jumping ahead to other theme type journals I could do. It feels so nice when you finally figure out what it was that had you at a standstill.

 

How about you? How do you motivate yourself to work in your art journal(s)? Do you use prompts? Do you do theme’s? Maybe you prefer having one journal for everything? What motivates you to keep filling up your pages? I would love to hear from you.

 

Hugs & Love – Ranae'