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.
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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.
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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Over in my Facebook Art Journaling group we have just completed a junk journal challenge which ran through the month of August. I have had an overwhelming amount of people taking part and loved every minute of it. Such beautiful books and journals were created. I for one will most definitely be making many more, they are so pretty and it has been so therapeutic. I will be using mine as a Happiness and Inspiration journal to log my moments of happiness and likes as well as adding mood boards and inspirational quotes.
The images from my journal are below as well as a video flip through of the completed journal. You can check out the pages participants have made using the hashtag #kmmamjunkjournal on Instagram, there are some stunning pages. People have taken part across a range of platforms; on their blog, in the group, You Tube, on Instagram and on Google Plus.
For the pages I used a variety of different papers and vintage ephemera from scrapbook paper, old books, vintage cigarette cards, vellum, journal cards and printables which I used to make some cute tags. I also used envelopes and paper bags to create pockets and pouches. Finally, I added some lace and trimming to some corrugated cardboard for the cover which was hand sewn. I bound it all together using two large ring clasps and then added some pretty ribbon.
Completed Junk Journal Flip Through Videos
We have six members of the challenge that have filmed their videos. Mine is posted below. If viewing from email please click the header to come on to the page or click here to view the video directly.
Check out the members stunningly beautiful videos and please subscribe to them from the links below.
Stephanie Kitching's Journal
Ashleigh (The Onyx Raven's Journal)
Susie Brays Journal
There are a few more videos but they are posted over in the group
Participants Junk Journal Photos:
Finally I will leave you with a plethora of the 'delicious' images (Thanks She for that word) of the participants journals, I love every single one of them, thank you for taking part, can't wait to see how you fill them up throughout the year.
I hope to run the challenge again next year as it was such a success. I have several smaller challenges going on and mini challenges in the group that you can take part in, or you can simply just be a part of the community. If you enjoyed the post, please do pin the image below to Pinterest and leave a comment. I hope to see you in the group soon.
Take Care and thank you to all who took part,
Firstly I used patterned tissue paper which I sealed with matte medium. I then added watercolour to the page using paints from Poundworld! They are a complete bargain - you can see Geraldine Jayne testing them out here.
I followed a set of process videos from Anna's Patreon, starting with the July content on creating sketchy girls and then moved on to facial expressions, painting a girl and finally creating a whole art journal page. The instructions are very simple and so clear to follow. I followed on from this using some her amazing collage sheets for the design elements, including the houses and flowers. Finally I added detailing in black felt tip and a white posca paint pen. I love the effect of the finished pages.
For the journal itself I used a cheap sketchbook from Hobbycraft and added some scrapbook papers and washi tape to the cover and then decorated the first two pages with the list of participants in our circle and a comment on the inspiration for the page. I can't wait to see everyone's pages they have created. For a look at everyone's work don't forget to head over the the group - Kerrymay._.Makes a Mess.
NEW Online Course Creative Travel & Adventure Journalling - How to get started!
In addition to the Patreon content, Anna has an amazing new course coming out too on Adventure Journaling. Here is Anna's advert on what the course offers.
"Through comments on my YouTube videos and social media interactions, I often hear people say that they would love to keep a travel or adventure journal as they have been inspired by ones they have seen but don’t even know where to start."
Join Anna on a beginners guide to adventure journalling. Whether you have just come back from a wet week camping and want to know what to do with all those photos you took or your planning a massive back packing trip for next year, I hope that the ideas and information I give you inspire you to create your amazing journal. Of course adventures don't have to be huge, an adventure to me is sometimes just going for a walk in my nearest wood!
This course is suitable for beginners with no experience of creating a journal and to avid journallers who would like to incorporate more adventure into their journals. This course is a self paced online course so you can go entirely at your own speed from the comfort of your own home or coffee shop if you prefer!
Included in the course are the following lessons:
What is adventure journalling
Where and how to find adventures
Supplies – packing light
Prepping for your adventure
Tips and tricks for making your pages
Abstract watercolour landscapes
You will have access to this course for life. If for any reason we need to terminate access you will be given adequate notice.
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Thanks for reading, do go and check out the group and Anna's courses, they are great value for money. What have you been creating lately?
I am so excited to be on the Brimbles Creative Team and even more excited to write my first blog post as part of the team. I have been engrossed in Anna's Patreon videos, there is so much content and it is all so informative. In addition to the video tutorials, chatty vlogs and time lapse creation videos there are also monthly downloads of amazing collage sheets (one of my loves at the minute). I love creating art using collage sheets, they are so versatile and I like having the freedom to cut up someone's art work to create your own feels almost like I am recycling, but still having a sense of the original artwork in the piece too.
The collage to journal page process:
My finished art journal page is above and I love it. I used a variety of different collage elements from Anna's sheets including the cute girl (I cut off the body and created my own as you will see in the video below). I then gathered the other elements to use, a gorgeous painted background from Anna's collages that I cut and ripped to become the shoe and boot. They weren't originally going to be a shoe and boot, but you will again see that develop in the video. I don't like pre-planning my pages, I much prefer to see where the creative mood takes me.
To start with I painted the background using watercolour and then bit by built up the image using the collage sheets, ending with the text and decoration using a posca paint pen. Anna's videos helped enormously during the process. I looked at how Anna mixed her paint for faces and even had a go at sketching and doodling too (more on this later). Have a look below how I developed the piece.
I really love the finished zetti art style page and will definitely be creating more pages using the collage sheets. The quote I have used is my take and a play on an existing quote, but this really resonates with me as I am quite the worrier and I need to move on instead of lingering and mulling things over.
You can see my other zetti style collage artwork here My Makes.
Another part of Anna's Patreon videos and tutorials are the 'Sketchy Girls'. You learn how to draw or copy Anna's drawings and doodles and watch step by step through the process, from drawing the hair and outlines, to painting them. Here I copied Anna's drawings and then adding my own text and decoration to the page. I love it, so use it in a plastic wallet dashboard for my tn.
I have now moved on to looking at the next installment of videos for next month including sketching expressions. I am still a newbie at doodling and drawing, as I'm much more comfortable with paint and a glue stick, so have really enjoyed how this is pushing me in my art practice. I used to do a lot of art work digitally years ago when I had a pixel graphics website and the doodling has taken me back to those days. I hope to be able to do a full body sketch soon and can't wait for the next tutorials on drawing full bodies to tie it all together.
I have really loved the first month of being on the Creative Team, it is really helping me to grow in my work and has allowed me to get back in to art journaling more as I was neglecting my art work. I have also loved being a part of the Brimbles Patreon... wait till you see the collage sheets for August! I can't wait to get a new printer so I can print out the goodies.
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Take Care, Kerry xx
Traveling Art Journal Process using Mrs Brimbles Patreon Content
Art Journaling - June Creations & July/August Sneak Peeks
ART AND PLANNERS - Easter Showcase
A short post to say that in addition to the Junk Journal challenge I have a Travelling Journal sign up going on over on my Facebook Group. You can read the full instructions over there and sign up to a UK or US circle. Unfortunately for this challenge you must be a member of the Facebook Group.
SIGN UP INSTRUCTIONS: Each person sends off a notebook with one completed page and a signed message page on the back of it or next to it. There will be a posting date each month the first being August 20th to send to the next person on the list (numbered) and eventually it will get back to the first. Each month you will have a new book and will complete a new page then post again on the 20th of each month. SIGN UP BY 23RD JULY.
How It Works: Each person sends off a journal page in a book they have bought, we would each send off a journal on the 20th of each month. I will put together a list of who sends to who. It carries on until the journal has been round the circle and in the end we each get the original journal sent back to us with an entry from each person. Each circle will have 6 people in the circle, so will run till January 20th. We can have as many circles as sign up.
Please state in the group if you are not from the UK so we can see if there is enough interest for a US or Canada or Australian circle.
Hope to see you there,
July Art Journaling Sneak Peeks:
It's only the 8th July and I have a lot of things planned for this month already. I have started playing around with the collage sheets I downloaded as part of Mrs Brimbles patreon reward tiers. They are great, I love collage art and can't wait to get the full video and art work finished. This is still a work in progress and is not even nearly completed, but here is a sneak peek. You can join the patreon page here www.patreon.com/mrsbrimbles. There will be a full post and video on this on the 31st July so be sure to subscribe. I will also be uploading a flip book process video to my You Tube Channel for a snail/happy mail I have sent out this week.
In addition to the Mrs Brimbles art work, I bought a Cosmo Cricket TN folder and have finally had the time to add some watercolour paint to it. It was a bit messy in places so I covered it with a doily - (a happy accident). I've still got to paint the inside, but it will get finished eventually.
June Art Journaling Review
For June I started doing a few bits of art journaling starting with some doodling and watercolour of the 'Sketchy Girls' from Mrs Brimbles Patreon tutorials - I won't post all that I have created as this will be part of the full blog post at the end of the month as well.
Phew, busy, busy, busy I also go on holiday from the 31st July for two blissful weeks in Spain, I can't wait. Don't worry I can still take part in the journal challenges from my sun lounger by the pool ._.
Take Care everyone and keep creating
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.