Mar 10, 2012

Art journal

This year I'm trying something new with my art journal. 
Instead of using an actual sketch book, I'm journaling on random bits of paper! And hopefully I'll be able to find a way to bind them together at the end of the year. :)

I thought I'd share some of my favorite journaling ideas that I've used so far! 

1. Journal on random things.
This is a small paper bag that I pulled apart and drew on. I did this page after seeing Hugo. It's such a magical movie, I just loved it! All these doodles have something to do with the movie.
Other things you could draw and write on include paint chips, programs from concerts, newspapers, magazine clippings, paper doilies, etc. etc.

2. Trace a favorite comic strip! Use colored tracing paper for extra fun.

This comic ... is my life.
I'm so not a morning person.

3. Keep it simple.
Journal entries don't have to be big or eloquent. They can be a simple sentence, a tiny doodle on a flash card. A mini memory.
Jot down a random thought, something silly that happened, a small thing you want to remember.

4.Try something new!
Your journal is your journal. It doesn't have to be perfect, there aren't any rules. If you want to mess around and try something, go for it! 
This is my first time trying an acrylic painting. It's not at all perfect, but it was super fun, and I'm still pretty proud of it. I might hang it up in my room for a while before putting it in my journal. I haven't decided yet. :)

5. Don't expect all your pages to be beautiful.

I have plenty of un-beautiful pages. Lots of pages of personal writing that I've simply printed off of the computer or whatever. 

The pages I've shared here are just some of my favorite artsy ones. ;)

How about you? Do you journal? Doodle? Sketch? Paint? Scrapbook? 


  1. Wow, that is such a neat idea! You are such an amazing artist! :) Oh, I love to do all those things! :)

  2. That is a neat idea to have random pages and bind them at the end of the year. That is going to be an awesome journal! Love the Calvin and Hobbs...totally fits you. :) And the crunchy pasta...Joren is always trying to convince me that crunchy is good. Al dente is good for me, not so much crunchy. It must be a Kandel thing. :)

  3. I just found your blog through a comment on Fernweh, and I think it's awesome!

    I love the idea of using random pages and putting them together in a journal, that's fantastic! I usually keep a small hardback spiral bound notebook, and decorate and write on the pages, but when I finish this notebook, I think I'll try the paper idea, thanks! :D

  4. Hmmm. I am a word artist. Most of the journaling happens in the melon, cuz I'm busy (driving etc.) and see something beautiful and...wouldn't you know...can't master the multitasking of driving and writing. *sigh* So yeah, I do art journals, and I hope they live!

    1. Actually, I've started a stick-people drawing/storytelling thingy. And when I finish a picture/story, I paste it into my journal. I'm happy! It's stick people art!

  5. I don't do any of that, I just keep myself busy with sitting behind my sewing machine, but that counts as well right? Oh, and I draw with my Wacom Tablet, but that's reaaaaally amateuristic (is that word spelled correct?)

  6. By the way I think your drawings are lovely!

    And how is your Dutch going? :) I'm very curious!

  7. I don't journal, but I would love start art journalling! :D


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