Today I invite you to join me in art journaling — and to include your kids in the experience, too.
I began to explore art journaling after realizing how much joy I find in creating. Before kids, I used my music and dance to channel my creativity. Now, I found myself missing that creative part of self different than my writing.
Beginnings of Art Journaling
While in the mountains, we used our blank books, colored pencils, Doodle Diary: Art Journaling for Girls, and wrote in our journals daily. Yes, I did this with the girls, too – a very important piece of getting kids to do anything! Mostly, I introduced some new ideas I noticed in the Doodle Diary book like:
This is the cover page AJ made after we played with making swirls.
Here’s a page about a play we saw.
What is Art Journaling?
My definition of art journaling is simple (either because I don’t know better or because I’m close to the essence of it) . . . art journaling is creating a journal with words and mixed-media art.
Art Journal Kits
We used these amazing Art Journal Kits from Strathmore Artist Papers. Really it’s a spiral hardcover journal book with a lot inside: 14 pages of project ideas, 5 decorative paper pages, 6 construction paper pages for collage, 2 pocket folders, and 25 pages of heavy weight artist quality drawing paper.
Pick a Medium (or Two)
Looking at the ideas in the kit, we started with two art ideas: watercolor and collage.
Paint a watercolor background.
Add pictures and words. (Use words from your word collection jars!)
There is no right way to do it. Here’s a page from JJ’s journal using collage and watercolor.
As we continue on our art journal exploration, I’ve found some guides including guest posts from experienced art journalers. I’ll keep you posted on what we do and supplies we use. So, grab your journals, and art supplies and come along with us!
Art Journal Books I’m Reading
Art Journal Blogs I’m Reading
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