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.
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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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!
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.