How to Keep an Art Journal
Updated: Feb 22
How to Keep an Art Journal
Keeping a sketchbook journal is a wonderful way to grow as an artist and a human. We can explore ideas privately to work out ideas and grow them into bigger projects. We can practice new methods or just simply scribble off a days tensions and stress...it’s a great release.
Journals are a perfect place where we can allow ourselves the space to explore and expand our ideas. We can express our emotions releasing all the pain and joy onto paper through words and mark making. They can be as abstract or representational as you choose to be.This is your home—create the place where your ideas live and thrive. DON’T HOLD BACK.
Feeling stuck on how to get started—the act of making repetitive shapes on paper helps loosen my brain to move forward with releasing other thoughts. Try it. I like circles but have also played with squares and triangles. It’s a drawing meditation that will leave you feeling relaxed and help open you up to further exploration.
So to start get yourself a 5x7 or 8.5x11 blank book (whichever size feels the most comfortable and less daunting), then grab anything to make marks—crayons,pens, pencils, watercolors, anything you have, it is all game is here!
There are no rules, no wrong ways, it’s a place for you to learn and make marks without hesitation. I like to think of my art journals as personal encyclopedias of myself. They are books that document my life and help me remember moments with greater clarity when I return to old journals. They are great tools of reflection.
This book is for:
Anything you want to put into this book is ALLOWED
Just keep going—keep doing, and let yourself be lost and enjoy the process this will get you to a place you need to be.
Humans are messy creatures. All of our lives are not perfect and our sketchbooks should be a reflection of that. Our journals are our humanity they are a mirror of our authentic selves. Embrace this and go make a mess while dreaming yourself awake.
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Pencils (any kind no.2, hb whatever you find laying around)
Pens ( ballpoint, felt, gel)
Markers ( sharpies, colored markers)
Post it notes
*Don’t worry about brands or quality here just make marks and get your thoughts on paper and out of your head! Now go on and make your ideas new home!
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