How To Start An Art Journal

colorful art journal

What Is an Art Journal?

An art journal is a blank notebook where you can combine words and art to express your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Art journals can be used for anything from creative self-expression to tracking goals and dreams. They are a great way to release stress, boost your mood, and get in touch with your creative side.

Benefits of Art Journaling

  • Improved mental health: Reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also boost self-esteem and confidence.
  • Enhanced creativity: Can help you tap into your creative side and develop new ideas.
  • A way to express yourself: Creates a safe space for you to express your thoughts and feelings. It can also be a form of self-care or therapy.
  • A way to document your life: Is a unique way to document your life experiences, both good and bad. Use them to track your goals and dreams, too.
  • A source of inspiration: Journals can be a great source of inspiration for art and writing projects.

Basic Supplies List

Basic supplies you will need for your art journal include:

  • A notebook: Any notebook will do, but you may want to get one specifically for art journaling. Make sure it has blank pages so you can write and draw freely.
Art journal notebooks

  • Pens and pencils: You’ll need some pens and pencils for drawing and writing in your journal. Get a variety of colors to add interest to your pages. Let your unique personality shine through.
Art journal pencils and pens
  • Paint: If coloring pens and pencils aren’t enough, consider adding color to your art journal using acrylic paint or watercolors. You’ll also need brushes to apply the paint to your journal pages.
Art journal paint and brushes
  • Other art supplies: Other art supplies you may want to use in your journal include markers, crayons, collage materials, and stamps. Include any additional supplies that have meaning for you.
Art journal other supplies

Creating Your Art Journal

To create an art journal, start by deciding what type of journal you want. Do you want a visual journal where you focus on art and images? Or do you want a written journal where you focus on writing? You can also combine both art and words in your journal.

Once you’ve decided on the type of journal you want, it’s time to gather your supplies. Get a notebook and some art supplies (see previous section), then start thinking about what you want to include in your journal.

Some ideas for art journal content include:

  • Doodles, drawings, or sketches
  • Paintings or watercolors
  • Photos and collages
  • Written entries or words
  • Lists
  • Dreams or goals
  • Memorable moments or experiences

Create your journal by adding whatever content you want. There are no rules, so let your creativity flow. Experiment with different art supplies and techniques. And most importantly, have fun!

Bottom Line

We hope this post inspires you to give art journaling a try. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to journal. The same is true for art journaling. The key is experimenting and finding what works best for you. Creatively expressing yourself can do wonders for your mind and overall wellness. And, if you ever get stuck or need some inspiration, check out our Free Resource Library for loads of journaling ideas. Ready to get creative?

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