As I get more involved in art journaling, I love hearing about new concepts and inspiration for pages. Whether you chose to make your journal more of an artistic expression, a diary chronicling your life, or a scrapbook of memories, you will find the ideas on how to bring your thoughts to life are limitless.
I currently am involved in an "Art Journaling Guild" - a small group of eight wonderful women whom I get together with every two weeks at the shop and we share ideas, supplies and sometime even cupcakes and wine while we journal. I am excited to say that I am now beginning art journaling with another group of wonderful people at the Columbiana Co. Library, with the first session being tonight. This will give me the opportunity to connect with 12 more people who can hopefully share in the love of art journaling and the 'art therapy' that comes with this exercise.
Being that I am only at the library for three sessions (one a month in March, April and May), I wanted to put a blog out there with some ideas for participants to do in the interim, of you so desire. Sometimes we get in a rut and can have writers block, even when trying to express our own thoughts. So, hopefully, these exercises that I am explaining below will help give you an outline of concepts you can follow to create beautiful journal pages.
#1 - Planner Pages - Please note, this is not my image, just an example from google images.
This is a page you can do every month, every week or even every day. You may choose to do it day by day, or look back at your month at the end and input all the wonderful things you did. You can write a tiny excerpt for everyday, or you may choose to just document the major things that happened. Keep small artifacts to use in your page and add stickers or little photos. Maybe a friend sent you a greeting card that month, and you would like to document that. Dry a flower from your garden, keep a ribbon from a present, cut an article out of the newspaper that made you smile. Add in the little things that make you happy.
#2 - Mini Quote Page - Please note, this is not my image, just an example from google images.
We all have a million quotes out there that inspire us and mean something personal. For this exercise, create a whole page of meaningful quotes, expressions, phrases, bible verses, or just random words. You can find many of these quotes on Pinterest, then scale them down and then print them out. You can decorate the pages around the words or even add your own pictures. You may chose to write these down in your own handwriting instead.
#3 - All About You - Please note, this is not my image, just an example from google images.
Create a journal page all about yourself - what you love, what you love doing for others, favorite places to go, things to do, etc...
10 MORE PROMPTS:
1. Grab your favorite novel and randomly open it to any page. Read the first paragraph on that page and illustrate it.
2. Remember in high school when you’d doodle on your notes? Just doodle until you fill an entire page.
3. Look outside and let the weather and your surroundings inspire your next art journal page.
4. Pick an object in your house. While looking only at the object, put your pen to paper and draw it without picking up your pen. Now add some color to your crazy drawing.
5. Find a beautiful picture in a magazine, cut it out, and make that the center of your art journal page.
6. Fill a blank page with shapes. Paint or color them in.
7. Grab some junk mail and use it as the background of your art page. Paint or color over it.
8. If you only had one more day to live, what would you do? Journal about it.
9. Pick a lyric from one of favorite songs and illustrate it.
10. Write down five of your core beliefs. Pick one and illustrate it.
And last, but not least, don't forget to design the exterior of your journal! It is a blank slate waiting for you to put your personal touch on it. You may use paper, fabric, buttons, rosettes... whatever speaks to you!