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Hey All,

It is that time of year again, the time where I ask for a little donation to help keep the site running.

As you know ArtJournaling.Ning.com is a labor of love and I want to keep it free for everyone to sign up, participate, enjoy and most of all learn about the awesomeness that is Art Journaling. This is why I ask, once a year, for a donation. The fees to run this site via Ning are roughly $260 (including paypal fees). Each year the fabulous members help one another and chip in small amounts of cash to keep this site running. Without you all, this site wouldn't exist.

The donation buttons gives you the choice of what you'd like to donate. If you have found any enjoyment or use of this site I ask you to make a small donation. Even $1 helps. Button is below.

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I've heard good things

Started by Michelle Louden in Introductions. Last reply by Crafty Dawn 5 hours ago. 3 Replies

I started art journaling about a month ago as a way to focus my thoughts for songwriting.  I'm not really an artist so much as I really just like to lose myself in an activity where I don't have to think about anything at all. I have an abuse history, so sarcasm anger, hopelessness and sadness often come out on the pages. I don't really aim to make stuff that's beautiful (not yet anyway), I'm bad at drawing and I don't know how to paint. I enjoy making stuff that's silly, absurd or twisted. My…Continue

Like minds

Started by Melina Grey in Introductions. Last reply by Cristina Păruş on Thursday. 14 Replies

Hello. I'm glad to be accepted into this forum specifically about art journaling. My main reason for coming here is because I have no friends or family or work colleagues who have any clue about art journaling and I'm tired of feeling like a freak show amidst all the 'normals'. Wanted to find like minded creatives who understood my passion for a, time alone b, drawing stuff c, putting thoughts on to paper and d, the joy of watching lines and shapes evolve and fill with meaning.Best wishes to…Continue

What are you working on right now?

Started by Susan Jane Ankeney in Everything Else. Last reply by Susan Jane Ankeney Jul 18. 5 Replies

What projects are you working on in your journals? Share with us! Whether its a type of journal, new technique or medium, or anything else. Post pictures if you want. This might be a place to announce your next project and get some encouragement. The creative process can be lonely for some of us, so here's an opportunity to talk about your artwork.Continue

The Crunch....

Started by Lynn E Ruiz in Everything Else. Last reply by Susan Jane Ankeney Jul 18. 21 Replies

What is it about the crunch, and crinkle of art journals that is so tactile and delicious to us? I mean, I know I am not the only one, I can just stroke the texture on a well layered page, and it is almost hypnotic! Looking through the layers at something I have made and looked at a hundred times, and "seeing" something else under there, in that layered little world I have created on paper. I am definitely curious as to why it makes me feel like a meditation of sorts. Its odd, and wonderful.…Continue

Stencils/Die Cutting Machine

Started by Kathy in Everything Else. Last reply by Kathy Jul 5. 24 Replies

I have been using a lot stencils lately.  Though I enjoy the commercial stencils, I would like to make more of my own. I have made a few, but sometimes cutting can drive me around the bend.  I have a heat tool used for stencil cutting, but sometimes that can be a little maddening as well.  I have been looking at die cutting machines that can cut stencils, but I'm not sure if it is only pre-programmed images included in the machine or downloaded from the product site, or if you can actually scan…Continue

Spray Acrylics...

Started by Lynn E Ruiz in All Things Paint. Last reply by Lynn E Ruiz Jun 26. 3 Replies

Ok, so...I have absolutely NO ONE that can share my enthusiasm about being so excited when I find new art products, etc. I have been making my own acrylic sprays , and they work....but they are continually either clogging, or spraying streams in opposite directions (funny, but not)!!! So, I bought a few DecoArt spray acrylics....O....M.....G....!!! I am in love with them! The "turquoise" is darker than I thought, but my new "favorite" ! It is GORGEOUS!!!! Anyway, I am at work right now. All I…Continue

New to art journaling

Started by Caitlyn in Introductions. Last reply by Lynn E Ruiz Jun 25. 4 Replies

Hi my name is Caitlyn!I am new to art journaling and wanted to see what it was all about I just completed my portfolio for highschool so I wanted to get into another was of expressing myself through art!Continue

new beginnings

Started by Carol Dickinson in Everything Else. Last reply by Susan Jane Ankeney Jun 18. 7 Replies

Greetings!I've just moved, yet again. In my 61 years, I've moved so many times, I don't even want to think about how many.  Perhaps it's because I'm now entering the senior phase of my life, or perhaps this is the first time I've purchased my own place solo, this move has been most traumatic.I'm finally at the point where the essentials have been settled (at least for now) and I can pay attention to my crafting area. All of my art and craft materials were packed separately (well, most) and I'm…Continue

Update the Quest -- Pens & Markers

Started by Susan Jane Ankeney in Pens, Markers, Pencils. Last reply by Lisa Armato Jun 16. 8 Replies

There are always new pens and markers coming out on the market, so maybe it's time to revisit this topic. What are you loving now? Please include a link or screen capture -- artists are visual people after all.Continue

Hi! I'm Terra

Started by Terra in Introductions. Last reply by Susan Jane Ankeney Jun 16. 3 Replies

I have been journaling for 2-3 years. I'm a 911 operator and in the middle of a divorce after 21 years of marriage. Art journaling has been my therapy. So blessed with support...glad to find this forum.

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