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Keep it Simple – Low Stress Art Journaling

My all-time favorite journal making paper

Does that nice journal scare you? Or maybe you keep waiting until you have ENOUGH time or the RIGHT idea so you can do justice to the page? It’s kind of stressful, huh?

There’s another way – keep it really simple, I mean single sheet of paper simple. Truthfully, this is my favorite way to make journal pages of all kinds. I use a single sheet of letter size paper and fold it in half for a folio sheet. Then, I can write, draw and even paint on either the half pages or the whole pages freely. If something goes really wrong, no big deal! It just goes into the bin and I can start a new one.

Once I’ve accumulated several folded sheets, I can combine those into a journal or keep them in a folded cover folio. It’s the simplest way to make a journal I know and not at all intimidating. Take some of the stress out and try simple pages!

This is my all-time favorite paper to use for journal sheets – it’s a writing paper from Strathmore with a good rag content so it even takes light watercolor well.

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Tools You Can Use – Studio Rolling Cart

Where do you put all the stuff when you’re creating? It’s nice to have supplies handy but not strewn all over my painting surface but I’ve been struggling to find a cart that holds just the right amount and isn’t too big. I paint standing up so didn’t want something so large I couldn’t easily move it around the room with me.


This metal cart is just what I was looking for! It’s on the small side at about 18 inches long by 12 inches wide but holds a lot of art supplies and I’m able to attach magnetic hooks and containers to the bins for even more function. It stands about 30 inches high so the top bin is a good height for working supplies. What do you use in your workspace?

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Open Studio LIVE! Celestial Mixed Media Watercolor Ornaments Materials and Supplies

Join me live on the Art Journaling for Beginners You Tube Channel at 2 PM EST on Saturday November 28, 2020 and let’s create together!

These are the materials and supplies I used and I’ll mention substitutes when they’ll work for you.

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Watercolor paper, I used Arteza 9×12 Watercolor Paper which is a mid-grade level paper and I really recommend you choose a medium quality or better paper because it does make a difference.

Watercolor Paint, I used the 16 color Prang Brand Student Set of watercolors so you don’t have to spend a fortune on paint to try watercolors. If you’re upgrading your materials, I use and recommend Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolors.

Heat Tool for faster drying, a hair dryer works but the heat gun is better for watercolors because it doesn’t move the paint around. But, you don’t really need either – time works too!

Acrylic Paint for stenciling, I’m using Michaels Artist’s Loft brand but you can use any good quality brand of acrylic paint.

Decorative Pattern Stencil, this is my favorite stencil pattern ever and I’m using the 8 inch x 8 inch version but have it in three sizes.

Water blendable media/mark making tools: I’m using a Stabilo All Pencil and it really does work the best but you can also use a Tombow marker in a dark coordinating color.  

Watercolor Brush: I’m using the Neptune brand synthetic watercolor brushes in size 14, you’ll want a big enough brush that holds a lot of water to put plenty of paint down.

Water container: of course anything will do but I have and use this nifty foldable one  – it’s handy to have. And, if you’re feeling saucy, try the “Paint Water” mug in the AJfB shop.

Sili-Brush Glue Brush for application, you can use regular brushes or cosmetic wedges as well.

Cosmetic Wedges for paint application.

Inchie punch, I’m using EK Success one inch circle punch and it’s been a an invaluable tool for me.

Scissors

Hole Punch

Tape – clear and double sided

Painty Fun Splash Apron

Yarn, Ribbon or other fiber

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Circus Edition Cut and Collage Book

When is a book a toy? When it’s a Paper Play Book! The newest edition of the Art Journaling Paper Play Book series is available now. Find vibrant and colorful circus images ready for you to cut and collage into pages, tags and so much more. It’s 18 pages of images and circus theme word art with other 120 elements to brighten your collage work. Just cut and create!

Get your copy now on Amazon!

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Open Studio LIVE! Antique Collage Medallions Materials and Supplies

Antique Collage Medallions Materials and Supplies

These are the materials and supplies I used but these will look amazing with practically anything you have on hand. The plain tissue paper and the matte medium are the key items for the soft, antique look so if that’s important, you’ll definitely want to have that on hand.

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For the base: Mixed Media Paper, 9 x 12, the mixed media sheets make the finished medallions very sturdy and harder to cut so you can use drawing or sketch paper for a lighter finish if you like.

Patterned Scrapbook Paper, 8.5 x 11, in complementary colors/patterns for the front and back. You could also use your orphan backgrounds and paint papers too, just make sure the paper isn’t too heavy as the layers can add up. This one is similar to the package I used: Country Road Paper Pack

Collage Elements: Art Journaling Paper Play Book, Cut and Collage – Vintage Edition book, free sampler sheet or other collage elements you’d like to use

An Art Journaling Paper lay Book; Cut and Collage – Vintage Edition Book

Free sampler sheet printable download

White Gift Tissue

Crepe Paper Streamers for decorative ties or any other ribbons and fibers you’d like to use. I like the vintage look the crepe paper brings to these.

Matte Medium

Acrylic Paint, in a metallic and an accent color – I used silver and dark red on one set and gold and burnt umber on the other set.

Sili-Brush Glue Brush for application, you can use regular brushes or cosmetic wedges as well.

Cosmetic Wedges

Scissors

Hole Punch

MORE DISCLOSURE: I like to review and share products and services I use and think you might like. If possible, I use a referral link, which means if you click one of the links and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. This helps support the free and community resources I provide – thank you for your support!

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