What Is Art Journaling And How Do I Start?

Art Journaling can really be anything you want it to be. A more official description is perhaps a ‘visual diary’. It’s a place where you can record and express your memories, thoughts and emotions through art, words and imagery. That may sound scary but it really isn’t, and you don’t have to be trying to feel or express anything. See below for what it is good for and how you can start.

How does it help?

It’s an excellent way of taking some time out and expressing yourself in a different way. It’s great for getting things out of your head and left on a page! You can do it alone, get together with friends, join a group or all three!

How do I start?

It really is very simple, as there are no rules apart from creating and enjoying. Mixed media is used so sticking and gluing, painting, colouring. It can be used for idea generation, doodling experimenting even writing down random words.

I went to a group to see what it was all about. One lady created a few pages dedicated to the memory of her late husband who was a huge Elvis fan. Her pages were covered in cut out pictures, words, songs, hearts. It was very moving. Another lady wanted to make patterns with watercolour paints, another had a theme of blue, and used anything on the table that was blue. I couldn’t decide what to do so I made a front cover!!

What do you need?

  • A notepad with thick paper ( We used an A5 art sketchpad)
  • scrap paper, magazines, card, photos/pictures
  • scissors and glue
  • watercolour paints or poster paint (optional)
  • felt tips, crayons, pencil, pens or highlighters
  • scrap fabric, tissue paper or greetings cards

It’s healthy for anyone, whatever age, it costs very little, you just need to give yourself permission to take the time and play. As a result you’ll no doubt benefit both physically and emotionally.

Many thanks to Mandy and Anne for the examples of their beautiful creations.

You really can start with some scrap paper and a few pens and magazines/cards. However if you need a little more help…..

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