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New Challenge: UnBlank that Page!

Our own creatively curious muse – Carolyn Hawkins of WhollyPiecemeal – is sponsoring a challenge to help get past that blank page. It’s THE BLANK PAGE challenge time!

At some time we have all sat down to a blank page and wondered if we could just call it “White cat in a blizzard” and be done with it. This challenge will be a fun way to experiment with ways to make that page unblank.

If you want to play The Blank Page Challenge, take out any size paper and follow the prompts as they come your way. Share your creation as a comment to each prompt post. Create the first thing that comes to mind when you read the prompt. Remember: the point is to make the page unblank. Head to the Art Journaling for Beginners Facebook page to see examples.


  • 1. Read the prompt,
  • 2. Unblank the page,
  • 3. Share in all your favorite places.
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For Valentine’s Art Journal Pages – New Tim Holtz Distress Collection – Flamingo Pink

It’s almost too perfect! Tim Holtz has a new Distress Ink collection and it’s Flamingo pink. Take a look at this gorgeous shade of pink in all your favorite things:

The special bundle includes ALL the following:

  • FREE Tim Holtz® Distress Pin 
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Ink Pad
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Re-Inker 
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide Ink Pad 
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide Re-Inker 
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Paint 
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Spray Stain 
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide Spray 
  • Tim Holtz® Distress Embossing Glaze 

Head on over to the Ranger Ink site for more of this pink goodness!

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Learn About Watercolor & Art Journaling with Craftsy!

I’m excited to let you know that Craftsy is back! It’s been a beloved class provider for years but went through a bit of a rough spot lately. Now, the Craftsy we know and love is back. I spent a little time browsing through their courses and found this lovely class: Art Journaling with Watercolor, Ink & More. Check it out – there’s lots of good stuff going on over there!

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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