I do a lot of things in my Art Journal… I paint, collage, draw, collect, save, experiment, try out new materials, document, write… Today I’m sharing a few ideas of what I do in my Art Journal! Most of all I avoid rules as much as I can, others and self imposed rules alike. I love the chronology of my Art Journals, and I love to start and I love to finish a new book. And hence that is the way I work, because I like it. If you are of a different opinion probably your process if different than mine. Wanna know what I mostly do on all those white pages?
Let me give a few examples (like 10 art journaling ideas or so…) as I share my own pages and close-ups of the fun stuff.
On the above page for example, I did a lot of different things. I painted big waterdrops, using acrylic paint, and then outlined them with a black marker:
I drew a big, full-page mandala on top of an already painted page. It turned out a bit too busy, but that’s fine with me. I added some white acrylic paint to make it stand out more.
Then, as I felt the page was finished, I found this vellum paper and added, with tape (because vellum crumbles too much if you use a glue stick):
Here is a quicker, simpler page. Quicker to finish because the pages was already painted as I made the book though.
Below the Buddha image (found on the internet) I wrote:
Breath in. Breath out.
It’s been my personal mantra for the past 15 years or so, even before I knew about meditation and the Buddhist teachings!
I also decided to tape in this postcard, because it’s a keeper:
Ett brev betyder så mycket is Swedish for: A letter means so much. And isn’t that true. :-) Let look closer at yet another page of this and that…
The left page itself is from a altered book project, and the images of farm animals charmed me, so I just kept the page as is. Well, I added some collage images.
Then I sketched out a fantasy animal, who became a giraffe with long eye-lashes! Maybe she was inspired (subconsciously) by the previous collage page, where you can spot an image of someone else’s giraffe painting as well:
Again, collage to the left (including scrapbook paper, washi tape, Mary Ann Moss label, and map background) and my illustrations to the right (because I bind my own books I get a wonderful mix of papers I like). What I like most about the messy right page is the flower envelope, that you can open:
It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.
10 Ideas for your Art Journal
- Draw a mandala that fills up the entire page
- Doodle a pattern on top of acrylic paint and outline your design with a black marker
- Add items in by using transparent tape
- Overcrowd and fill some pages, while leaving others almost blank or very white – variety is fun!
- Dedicate a page to a pretty postcard that you want to save
- Write down your own mantra or saying
- Mix in both your own drawings and others (collage elements) on the same spread
- Use printed or bought labels as journaling spots on busy pages
- Print beautiful images from the internet and incorporate them in your journal as inspiration
- Fold a flower envelope (download the template here)
I hope you feel inspired to go play and experiment on your own. I’d love to know what you create… And my question for you today: What do you love most of all to do in your Art Journal? I couldn’t pick one myself, so just give me one of the many…
PS: If you like this post, please check out my extensive archive of art journaling posts – there are hundreds of ideas to dig through there!