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Would you like to know how to make art journal pages that are more cohesive and expressive? There’s a secret and we’re going to spill it today!
Think of the power of one. Some of our most expressive moments are singular and focused which makes them far more memorable. How can we incorporate that into our art journaling practice? By choosing one – one idea, one technique and one color.
Start with an idea, and only one idea. Anything you’re interested in will do as long as it’s specific enough to spark your creativity. Things like farm, island, purple, and roses are good -more general concepts like places, colors or flowers are too vague. If you want to work with an activity or emotion like soccer or joy the same idea applies – nebulous generalizations like sport or feelings don’t carry enough weight.
Next, choose one technique to start with. Consider what technique fits with your idea best. Perhaps collage is best or maybe it’s doodling line work or layered painting. Commit to that technique as much as your page allows. You may find that as the page develops, you’ll need to incorporate another technique to really express your idea but try to keep it to a subordinate role. For example, you may decide to include a small collaged image on an otherwise painted page or add a bit of contrasting color to a doodled line page. The key is to keep the main technique front and center so you don’t dilute it’s power.
Last, choose one color. Yes – only one! Don’t worry that your page will be bland, there’s lots of range in even one color. Consider all the colors you have to work with that are available with the technique you chose and pick one that best suits your idea. Use the full range of your color – including black and white – and your page will have plenty of contrast and eye appeal.
This doesn’t mean that you can only use one thing ever again! As you get comfortable with the process, you’ll find yourself tweaking it for your own creativity by adding another color or two and more mixed techniques. Choosing one is a great beginning!