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.