Try Your Hand At Art Journaling
If you’re anything like me, then you’ll probably panic at the questions “What are your hobbies?” or “So what do you like to do in your free time?” Perhaps you’ll desperately rack your brains for an acceptable answer, after having swiftly come to the conclusion that mumbling “I watch TV?” won’t quite cut it. Or maybe you’ve got loads of hobbies, but have so much time over summer that you’re already bored of them all. Fear not: prepare yourself to be introduced to your new thing: art journaling.
You may have immediately lost interest in this article (if you were even interested in the first place), particularly if you’re not really the arty type. Fair enough, if you literally do not have a single creative bone in your body (although personally I think anyone can do art), then this might not be for you. But if you even vaguely like drawing, painting, craft, collage, design, writing or just projects in general, settle yourself down and read on!
What the heck is art journaling anyway?
Essentially, art journaling is a way to express yourself through both art and writing. If you’ve ever made a scrapbook or doodled in a diary, then you’ve already done it. But keeping a specific ‘art journal’ means that you’ll have one place where all your ideas, thoughts and creativity can come together. Even if you don’t normally turn to art as a form of relaxation or expression, perhaps that’s just because doing a drawing on a single sheet of paper has always seemed a little pointless. With an art journal though, you always have somewhere to turn to when you feel like whipping out your beret and easel.
Of course, to be an art ‘journal’ and not just a sketchbook (which is great too), then you’re pages should combine both art and words. For example, you may want to write a whole diary entry on top of a background you’ve prepared, or perhaps you’ll just incorporate inspirational or motivational words into your design. It’s completely up to you.
What will I need?
Below is a list of a few materials you could use for you art journal, most of which you will probably have around the house:
- Blank notebook of any size (purpose-made sketchbooks are better because the paper is thicker, but an ordinary notebook is fine too)
- Pencil crayons
- Coloured fine-liners
- Felt-tip pens
- Paint (poster, acrylic, watercolour)
- Old magazines
- Patterned paper
- Tissue paper
- Your imagination!
What should I put in my art journal?
Literally anything. But here are a few ideas to get you going:
- Create an ‘about me’ page
- Write about and illustrate your goals/dreams/ambitions
- Record your day
- Record a holiday
- Make a page which shows where you’d like to travel to
- Use inspirational quotes
- Write poems
- Do some creative writing
- Use motivational or inspirational words (e.g. love, hope, joy etc.)
- Record your thoughts
- Display your ideas and plans
- Use things you’ve collected (e.g. fruit stickers or stamps)
- Write lists
- Make a page that illustrates all your good thoughts (and one for all your bad thoughts too!)
- Ask questions
- Express your emotions
What if I don’t like writing?
You don’t have to be an amazing writer to keep an art journal. If you don’t write poems, stories, diary entries or anything at all, then you can just use quotes, song lyrics, or single words. Whatever you write doesn’t have to sound poetic or clever, just get down anything and everything that pops into your head; remember your art journal can be totally private and personal if you want it to be!
What if I’m no good at art?
Again, you don’t have to be Picasso reincarnate. If you don’t want to, you don’t need to actually draw anything; you could just stick things in and use watercolour paints to create a wash, which will look really effective. Also, don’t worry about your work being neat or ‘right’; often the best things are a bit rough around the edges.
I really hope you try a bit of art journaling as I think it’s a really great project to have on the go over the summer. Think about it: instead of spending the day in front of the TV, you could be letting your creative juices flow! (Alternatively, you could watch TV at the same time and get the best of both worlds…)
For more inspiration, head over to Pinterest and search for ‘art journaling ideas’!