5 Ideas for Your Art Journal

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

It is nearly mid May and I find myself thinking about how creative I have been the past couple of months. I've been reflecting on what has been working in my practice routine and what simply has not gone well at all. Surprisingly, my practice routine now includes journaling too. And lately journaling has really been something I’ve been a little obsessed with.

As a result of my obsession, I recently learned a couple of things about myself and journaling; 1) I enjoy it way more than I thought I would, and 2) that there are so many fun ways you can journal. Lately I have been doing some research on journaling and looking for different ways I can journal. I’ve created a list of journaling ideas that I want to try. Let me know what you think about these ideas.

Quote Art Journal

I love this idea. I am the type of person who enjoys a good quote. I am sure I have a couple hundred stored in my phone for inspiration. I never thought about using the quotes in my own journal. I like the idea of drawing something on one page and on the adjacent page writing a quote that makes sense with that drawing. It is like a two for one for me - a good quote with my own art. I am definitely doing this one.

Bucket List Journal

Just like it sounds, it is a journal filled with everything on your bucket list. Now the cool thing about this is that you can create your journal any way you want. You can fill every page of your journal with all of the things on your bucket list by drawing them or cutting out pictures that illustrate your list. Or, how about fancy lettering on each page of the journal. When you complete something on your bucket list you can update your journal by writing the date you did it and even adding a memory keepsake that goes with it .

Faces Art Journal

Well, if you know me you know I have a couple of these already. I love carrying a small sketchbook with me so that when I have free time I can draw out a face. I love looking through my face journals, looking at all of the different characters I’ve created. Some of them have a unique story behind the face and that keeps it interesting to me.

You can create one too. Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy or super realistic unless you want it to be. If you love different hairstyles then you can trace out a simple face on each page of your journal. Leave the head bald and challenge yourself to fill each one with different styles of hair and/or different colors. You don’t have to limit yourself to just drawing the hair. Try using different mediums to create the hair like yarn. I have seen pictures of hair where people have used all kinds of things to create hair including spaghetti! Just have some fun with it.

Travel Art Journal

This one is fun too. I have a travel art journal that I keep in my suitcase for when I go on business trips and vacations. This is my journal for doodling something I see on my trip. I have painted some flowers that I thought looked amazing. I have colored a beach scene that was a favorite spot on my trip. I have also doodled a crab that I watched crawl across the restaurant floor in an attempt to get away LOL. Again, you make your art journal anything you want it to be. I will tell you the best part of a travel journal like this is opening it up the next time you are traveling and looking back at the last time you added to the journal. Flipping through the pages of a travel art journal brings back memories of past trips.

Weather Art Journal

Why not? Just paint, draw or color today’s weather. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Regardless of how you illustrate the weather, it will be fun to look back in a month to see what the weather looked like. Just be creative with it - was it a scorching hot day then maybe you can create dancing fire across the page. Or maybe it could be just simply how the weather makes you feel each day and use the color you feel like today. It’s your art journal, be as crazy or boring as you like. You cannot get it wrong when creating art, especially in a journal.

Okay, so those are just a few journals I have tried or will try really soon. It may seem like a lot but it is only the tip of the art journaling iceberg. There are so many types of journals you can create. Once journaled, you will have a fun collection of your creativity.

There are people who stress out making their art journals picture perfect and there are people who simply have fun enjoying their creativity no matter what it looks like in their journal. Which camp are you in?

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