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. Recently, I’ve been exploring art journaling to tap into the creative self. And, I’ve invited my kids along for the journey as well.
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 on our trip.
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 a combination of 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 heavyweight 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.
Then the girl painted a watercolor background on their pages.
After that, they added pictures and words. (Remember when I wrote about word collections? You can use words from your word collection jars!)
There is no right way to art journal. It’s all about creating and being creative.
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!
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