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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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Art Journaling – Am I Doing This Right?

Photo by Noémi Macavei-Katócz on Unsplash

Yes – You Are! There aren’t any rules for art journaling.

It’s not a special thing that you have to do “just right” for it to count. Your art journal doesn’t have to be perfect or perfectly orderly. It can be a diary with only text or it can have only images or be a combination of both. It doesn’t have to be completely original on every page – it’s OK to use images from other sources. There isn’t anything special about the tools or materials – there is no “correct” pen, ink, paint or glue. It’s not any particular shape or size nor does it have to have special paper for the pages; it may not even be a book at all.

The most important thing about YOUR art journal is that it’s yours and it pleases YOU. If there was a rule, that would be it.

If you’re still a little stuck on all that freedom, check out this handy Ebook I wrote for you – The Art Journal FAQ

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From My Library: Make Your Own Art Journals

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How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One of a Kind Book This is one of my favorite books about making books. It’s a good looking and beautifully made hardcover with some of the most accessible methods for bookmaking I’ve seen. While the folded books are simple and easy to do, there’s lots of room for personal expression. The author also includes more involved constructions for when you’re ready to branch out.

Artist’s Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life in Words and Pictures I love this book for it’s insight into an artist’s journal – not the same as an Art Journal. This book focuses more on how to use your journal to further your creative practice and develop your own creativity. The author is a lifelong practicing artist with a wealth of information and guidance.

Create Your Own Artist’s Journal Again, this book is more about keeping a journal to record your own thoughts, impressions, drawings and reactions to the things you encounter. The author includes her own lovely watercolors and helpful information on incorporating journaling into your daily life.

Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials This book is full of inspiration for upcycling all kinds of things into journals. The instructions are simplified a bit but adequate and the whole book encourages experimentation and creative exploration.

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Who Do You Make Art For? Free Printable Inspiration!

Who Do You Make Art For?

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Do you find yourself looking at other artist’s work and thinking yours isn’t that good, should look more like that, feeling jealous of it or dismissing it as not good enough? These are all signs of comparisonitis, a creeping dis-ease of the artist’s heart. It rears its ugly head in these kinds of thoughts and poisons the creative well.

Once it worms its way in, you start creating more and more for a diffuse and impossible to satisfy “other” in your mind. Your work becomes less and less nourishing and satisfying to you, maybe even as it’s being applauded by others. Creating starts to feel like a chore or stops altogether…what happened?

Slowly, by small steps, you stopped creating for the only right audience – you. That’s what comparison does, it insidiously substitutes your own joy in creating art for a tepid and nebulous approval from outside yourself. When you find yourself falling into that trap, remember who you’re making art for and take back your creative joy!

Just for You – Printable Inspiration

Click here to sign up to download and print this pretty reminder to create your own joy. It’s a subscriber only freebie created especially for you. Enjoy!

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Love Washi? Try These Bits of Washi Goodness!

Washi Tape

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How do you feel about surprises? I’m not usually very fond of them myself but this week I had a surprise that really did make my day. The mail carrier brought me a completely unexpected package with the most amazing washi tape! It was a gift from a friend – that is definitely happy mail 💖

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Bits of Washi Goodness

So, what’s so special about a few rolls of washi tape? This stuff really brings washi to a whole new level of interesting and beautiful. It’s actually washi paper shapes that are packaged into a roll – mind blown!

Each roll is made up of shaped bits of washi goodness that you pull off individually and use as separate elements in your project. The set I have has four rolls – hearts, leaves, flowers and flower petals – and varies in width depending on the shape.

Like many washi tapes, the shapes have beautiful colors and that lovely translucence that only washi has so you can layer the shapes for a sense of depth. Also like most washi tape, they are only tacky sticky in that they will come back off the paper so you’d want to treat them for permanency like you do regular washi. The roll comes in a sturdy plastic shell that’s easy to open and will hold it for storage. Given how the tape is made, keeping it protected for storage is a good idea.

Overall, I think it’s a supply to try – especially if you love washi and its delicate look. You can find the set I tried here.

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