Thursday, August 15, 2013

Art Journaling

I've been wanting to art journal for some time now.  I was first introduced to the craft in the magazine "Art Journaling" published by Somerset Studio.

I found it a bit intimidating, I'm not an artist, can't draw or paint, but that doesn't really matter, and that's not really the point.  You can use stencils, photos, clip art and doodles.  And the painting part?  Well, it's kind of like the water color painting we used to do in elementary school with a few additions to make it last, not rip the page and coating it so you can apply adhesive and ink.  That may be a little simplistic, but I don't believe I have to be Monet.  I purchased a great how to book "The Art Journal Workshop" by Traci Bunkers. She has a super list of supply suggestions and very detailed page assembly/creation directions.  The prompts and exercises are tremendously helpful.

So I've begun gathering supplies and plan to start some pages over the weekend.

When I was in high school, many, many years ago, my best friend and I used to buy scrap books and illustrate songs and poetry with pictures from magazines, cut up wrapping paper and doodles.   
There are several songs I would like to illustrate in an art journal, as well as some poetry.  
I'm sure I will eventually get into putting my own thoughts on the painted pages but until I feel more comfortable with the medium, illustrating poems and songs is just fine.  
Can't wait to share my progress.  
Wish me luck.


  1. I have really been wanting to art journal as well. I can't draw or paint either, but I love mixed media. I took an online class through Melody Ross's Brave Girls Club. You should check her out. I think you would enjoy her classes. I can give you a link if you need me to. I'm excited for you to start your journal. I love Somerset Studios books. Artful Blogging is another good one.

  2. Hi Dawn,
    I'd love to have the link...yes I read Artful Blogging as well; I would love to purchase all of their magazines but I'd need a 3rd job! Where Women Create is another great read and Where Women Create Business....the list goes on and on and on. We will have to compare art journaling notes someday...the possibilities are endless