A guest post for Plan With Hannah - go visit her lovely blog.
Beginning the journey into art journaling can sometimes be scary; not knowing where to start or what tools and equipment you need, thinking it won't be good enough, not having any inspiration... sound familiar? It needn't be. Art journals are a means of self expression and are ultimately for YOU, no one else. So stop judging yourself and get going and go with the flow, you soon won't be able to stop those creative juices from flowing. Read on for 10 ideas to get you started.
1. What do you need to start art journaling?
The first question to ask is what tools and equipment you will need. Well I have covered most of this in my post here Art Tips for Art Journaling, but you really don't need all of that.
Basically you will need:
2. How do I start though?
Don't over think it - EVER! Just get some paint on the page and then add some extra elements to it if you wish. I never plan what I am creating (only very loosely). You may wish to leave it as just the paint or you can add more detail after. See below for some inspiration.
3. Using stamps over paint
Using stamps over you paint (after it is dry of course) is a great way to get started. There are so many pretty stamps available now. Tim Holtz do great ones for mixed media or if on a budget have a browse through Ali Express and search for clear stamps, they are so cheap. I got some lovely ones with vintage writing on and they look amazing stamped on to my painted pages. For the image featured here I added a bit of white pen for extra detailing.
4. Using collage to add interest
5. Decoupage Art
One of the first things I tried with my pages was decoupage. I bought a matte medium gel from Amazon and started by sticking different things down with it, then adding a layer of the gel on top. You can scratch away at it so that it shows through the paint or leave as it is. It is great to add tissue paper to a page or a torn sheet from a book and really adds interest to your page. You can also use one layer of a patterned serviette.
6. Adding words to an art journal page
The hardest decision I had to make when starting art journaling was how to add words and quotes to my pages. Well, the options are endless. You could add printed words, cut words from magazines, use chalk pens or gel pens like the uni ball, use paint pens like the posca ones, use die cuts or ephemera (printed or brought) or paint or stamp them. Don't limit yourself or over think it and don't be put off if your writing is not great... the printer and glue stick are your friends.
7. Adding embellishments
Anything and I mean 'anything' can be added to your art journal pages. Got some scrapbook elements or enamel dots? Buttons lying around? - use them in your pages. Simple and effective. Use a strong glue, glue dots, sticky pads or a hot glue gun to adhere them to your page.
8. Just add pen
Yep, just adding a bit of pen work to your paint can really make the page pop. The posca paint pens or uniball gel pens in white or any colour really are a great way to add detail to paint. Again, don't over think it, just start doodling over the paint for amazing results. Alternatively just a black biro to add patterns or zentangles to a page can really be effective, these could also be used in art journal pages as borders or to frame certain things.
Guest Post Information: About Hannah:
I have almost completed my Bullet Journal / Lists Journal that I have been updated for the last two years. It is still being added to and is a great way to track goals, hobbies, my blog and other things in my daily life such as inch loss, reading logs and art ideas.
Below are 18 bullet journal page spread and bujo layout ideas to give you inspiration for your own journaling, complete with a video flip through at the end of the post.
Bullet Journal Tracking and Lists Pages:
Click the image for a close up view.
Bullet Journal Doodle Practice Pages:
In addition to tracking, I also use my bullet journals for doodle practice. I have shared these before, but I love them so much they deserve another share.
Get more ideas in my flip through of an 'almost' completed bullet journal.
So excited to be writing a post for Kelly over at the Hazy Days UK blog. You will all know that I love Kelly's stickers, they are so varied and have stunning graphics and cuteness. So rather than me just showing you pictures of the pretties, I thought I would share some ways you can use them in both planners and journals.
Using Full Kits in Weekly Layouts:
I am using my stickers from HazyDaysUK.etsy.com (a variety of different kits, both functional and decorative). Using full kits for weekly planning is the most obvious way to use stickers in your planner and many of you will do this already. I like to be a bit different in that I use a blank tn insert and draw out my layouts each week using a different layout or style. I love that I can vary them up and mix and match things. The image above uses the Three Bears kit which is stunning. For this layout I have used a vertical TN boxes layout, whereas the with the stunning autumnal Little Red Riding Hood kit below I have chosen a more streamlined horizontal layout similar to the Carpe Diem.
Here are just a few of my experimental layouts using Kelly's stickers.
Using Functional Stickers and Deco Sheets
I love functional and decorative stickers. I must admit to using decorative more to add a bit of prettiness to my planning. I am definitely more an aesthetic planner than a functionality planner. That said, Kelly's icons are great to add to monthly and weekly pages as you are filling them in. Here's a few ways I have used the two sets of stickers for a more functional style bullet journal/bujo style planner layout.
Using Planner Stickers in Creative Journaling and Bullet Journals
I have also used stickers from Kelly in my creative journal pages and in my bullet journal, in particular the deco sheets. In the image above you can see the gorgeous bujo pastel headers of the days of the week (I use these a lot) and you can also get a set of number/date stickers in the same styles and colours. They are stunning. Below is part of a page I created for my Summer holiday break up day.
My very first purchase from Hazy Days was their reading log stickers, which went straight into my bullet journal on my reading page. It's a lovely long sticker which you can use to track your reading on the go. I have also used Kelly's stickers on my dashboards. The gorgeous dreamcatcher came from a boho feathers set and I just love it.
Monthly Planning Using Sticker Kits
Finally, I use my Hazy Days stickers for planning my monthly layouts. I have used two of Kelly's monthly kits: The Boho/Tribal Kit and the Flowers Monthly kit. They are both gorgeous. You can see how I used the tribal kit here Monthly Planning in my Traveler's Notebook (Planner Girls Collective).
The beautiful flowers kit I have used here (complete with a plan with me video)
Monthly Kit Plan With Me
I hope this post has inspired you to be more of a creative planner or given you a few ideas for using your stickers. Now go and check out Kelly's shop (You can use code KERRY15 for 15% off no min spend), the link should apply the discount if from a computer.
Thank you for reading, Kerry xxx
Guest post for Mrs Brimbles Art Creative Team
I see a lot of posts in the planner and creative journal groups asking for ideas on using their printables, papers and creative kits. For this post I am using Anna's patreon resources (workshops, videos and printables) to give you some inspiration on how you might use them in your own planners, creative journals, art journals and on memory keeping pages.
Art / Creative Journal Page
The October printables are stunning. I created a post last week using the canvas style printables where I created a Flower Art Journal Page, so I wanted to create a smaller page spread for my creative art journal to maybe add some memory keeping to. I started by adding some watercolour and alcohol ink in Autumnal colours to the page. I then added the amazing watercolour fox printable and added some definition to this by adding a darker colour behind it. I wanted the watercolour to be a bit more abstract than my usual style, so added a few swirls and splodges in watercolour to add a bit more interest to the page.
Next I added the Autumn printable brush lettering header and painted over the white in the same colour paint I had used on the page. I added embellishments of autumnal washi tape, a cut out from a Brimbles Box scrapbook paper which I added an Autumn quote too in a white posca paint pen. Lastly definition was added by drawing an outline to frame the page in brown watercolour and used the white paint pen to draw out details on the page. I love the result of the vibrant colours and that cute Mr Foxy.
Bullet Journal Autumn Page
I won an Instagram prize a few weeks ago: The Little Bullet Book, which is stunning and wanted to make a start straight away. I used Anna's Patreon Printables to accent the page and it has really made the bujo spread pop. I love how the October header sets off the page and that stag is soooo beautiful. I love how the page is simple but effective; I can't wait to get planning. I have a busy month ahead, but I get to end it all in Brussels for Plannercon Europe.
Autumn Planner Dashboard
My final make was to update one of my pocket dashboards. I used a tutorial from a UK Planner to make a dashboard pouch pocket a while back and had already added the gold spray around a flower embellishment from a Stamping Up kit. Finally I added Anna's bear from the collage sheet and an acorn. I again used a white paint pen to add the Happy Autumn writing.
I love my Autumn set up and have got so much use out the September kit. It is now used in my planner, bullet journal, creative journal and an art journal. Hopefully you will be able to give some of these a go and maybe it's given you some ideas as to how you can use the collage sheets in your own planning and creative works. There are so many options, so don't hold back. printable images can be used in anything you do, you just need to go with the flow and don't overthink it. I now feel a scrapbook page coming on for my next little project.
Don't panic, there are posts on the way I promise. I have been very busy at work these last two weeks - three plays I have directed in two weeks as well as full time teaching and paper work as head of department/faculty.
So, I have been working quite a bit on guest posts. I have four coming very shortly (3 are scheduled for this week ) - one for Mrs Brimbles, one for the lovely Hannah at Plan With Hannah and one for Kelly Bendelow of Hazy Days UK.
I will also be writing a guest post in November for Geraldine, Jeni and Kelly over at
Dream Create Journal, so keep your eyes peeled on the blog for the new posts. In the meantime subscribe to get the posts to your inbox and follow me on social media:
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I can't go without leaving you with a planner spread, so check out the lovely kit I have received from Ugly Bug Plans available in her shop, so pretty and loads left over for a monthly spread and another few weekly pages. xx
Yay we have a winner for the Blogs first birthday prize of various scrapbook and creative journals goodies.
Congratulations to Penny-Sue Wolfe, I will be in touch to send you your prize. Thank you to everyone that entered.
Guest post for Mrs Brimbles Creative Arty Team.
Well it’s finally Autumn, my favourite season, but that’s no reason not to still create pages with hints of Summer right? The collage sheets from Mrs Brimbles Patreon are stunning and allowed me to do just that. I have created a page by cutting up her artwork collage sheets that she created originally for canvas work. I must say I love the final result of the art journal page.
Creating the page:
The page I have created is for a Travelling Art Journal Circle over on my Facebook group Kerrymay._.Makes a Mess. I was sent a stunning book from the person before me in the circle (Sarah Gamble), I was really scared of ruining the page and paper. I applied a thin layer of red hued acrylic paint which I added to the page using a brayer roller. I went over this with white acrylic paint to dull down the colour and allow the background of the page to peep through. I then used a stencil which came free with a magazine and applied heavy texture paste to create small flowers.
Next I used some homemade spray inks over the flowers and to the right of the page to give it texture and shine. I think the gold spray in particular looks lovely and really makes the page pop. A little gem was used in the centre of the two mini flowers for added sparkle.
Next I used a stamp pad and stencil/mask to add more texture to the page. Now came the fun part: adding the collage sheets. I printed off the canvas artwork sheets then put them all together and held together with a paperclip. I then drew a flower petal shape on the top layer and cut this out so that I had 10 cut out pieces all identical. I then arranged and glued them in a flower formation to the left side of the page. I added detail using a standard black and purple felt tip and then added some gold glitter glue blobs to add a bit of bling.
Finally a circle vinyl sticker for the centre of the flower was added and I used individual letter stamps with black ink to add my caption to the page: ‘You Are Blooming Amazing’. I love the way the collage sheets really bring out the colour in the page, they look so textured.
The final page looks lovely in the book I was given to create the page. I hope the recipient likes it.
In addition to the lovely artwork collage sheets, Anna has provided a multitude of other stunning collage sheets using her own artwork. There are the beautiful Autumnal animal paintings that you may have seen on The Happy Place… I am saving these for my next post though as I plan to do a spot of Autumn creative journaling and dashboard making.
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Ahhh Autumn, I love you and I love changing up my planner to my Halloween and Autumn stickers and planner setup. I have so many favourite stickers and shops for Autumn goodies, but thought I would share with you my favourites this year.
There are two shops on Etsy that are my go to place for great quality and stunning ephemera and planner die cuts; Away With The Fairies Co and Little Rainbow Moon. The Autumn/Fall Fashion ephemera is stunning. I haven't used it yet, but can't wait to get it stuck in to my creative journal, I will definitely be using it for my Plannercon Europe travel journal. Jo from LRM is always a favourite, stunning hand painted watercolour images. I won the set off Jo last year and still use the cute woodland animals in my journaling and planner pockets year on year. You can see my haul from LRM here - Little Rainbow Moon Prize Unboxing.
Autumn Planner Stickers:
My favourite Etsy shop for planner stickers is Hazy Days UK and not just because I am on the PR Team, I do genuinely think they are the best out there. Kelly makes amazingly gorgeous sets and the two above are my absolute favourite Autumn stickers. The Fallen Leaves kit is stunning - please do go and see for yourself. You can even grab 15% off if you use the code KERRY15. In addition the Woodland Fairies kit is another stunner and favourite of mine.
Autumn Printables for your Planner and Journals:
Anna Brim has some stunning printables over on her Mrs Brimbles Patreon Page as digital collage sheet downloads. There are around 10 sheets each month and this month (September) has some stunners. In addition to the ones above there are also her gorgeous hand painted watercolour animals. Do consider becoming a patron, it is so worth it.
Halloween Planner Stickers:
Finally on to my Halloween stickers for this year. For my monthly layout I am using stickers from The Mix and Match Planner, which are beautiful, you can't beat a bit of goth girls in your Halloween planning. I also have the Kawaii Halloween Stickers on order from Hazy Days UK (again use code KERRY15 for 15% off), I can't wait to receive them.
Hi I'm Kerry a Notts UK blogger and drama teacher. I'm also a planner, art & creative journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and browse my tutorials, musings, and crafty makes.