Art Journaling

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 I bought the domain as the new home of AJNing. I wanted the new name to reflect that not all that we do in our art journals is visual nor is it writter- but it sure is creative. I took into account all the suggestions that people sent int, and the idea of creativity was at teh core of all of them, as well as the act of journaling. The use of the "page" encompasses so much- we journal on canvas, electronically, tags, scrapbooks, glue books, and every other thing- but most people call them "pages" or their "page." So I went with those 3 core ideas and came up wit
Don't bother visiting the page, since it's not set up yet, but I hope to install buddypress in the near future and then transfer all the members soon after. Basically, don't expect much in the way of updates on this until next month.
I just couldn't wait to share the new name with everyone.

We are a fortunate group. Ning, the company we use to host Art Journaling has raised it’s prices but we are paid for the next year. This is the second major price hike, where the group went from free to a reasonable price, to expensive (and why we run a yearly fundraiser) to now absolutely outrageous. The price went from $239/year to $588/year, more than doubling for next year. My frustration with this price hike has much to do with the fact that Ning has made little to no improvements in the years since the last price hike, so we are getting double the cost with zero improvements.

While we have a year to decide the fate of Art Journaling, I feel that the best choice is to move the site to a new host and using a new software. I’m leaning toward Wordpress social media site but I’m open to other ideas, so long as it is less expensive than $588/year. Please head to the site and join the group “Movement and Change” to discuss the option and feelings around this potential change.

As a preemptive measure I've started a Facebook group for us to continue our discussion:



Started by semaj bloom in Introductions. Last reply by ComfortableShoes on Saturday. 3 Replies

Since Yupo is a polyurethane paper, can you substitute tyvek for it? I have a lot of tyvek and would love to use it with my watercolor or acrylic paints, and wonder if it has the same attributes as the yupo.Continue

looking for inspiration

Started by Ayesha in Introductions. Last reply by Ayesha on Saturday. 4 Replies

I make something and if im not happy  with it i dont complete it.  I'm looking for motivation here if all these artists can do so, I can atleast try to make something and continue to do it. I like art journaling because it doesn't have to be perfect. I can do my own thing, make mistakes and be happy about my mistakes. it is wonderful that we can share our work here. Continue

Creating An Artsy Brand?

Started by Brooke Turner in Everything Else. Last reply by ComfortableShoes Nov 4, 2016. 1 Reply

Hey Everyone!I haven't been here in awhile and I have missed the community. I have recently started developing an interest in posting videos on Youtube but one of my biggest issues is coming up with a brand name. Are there any journalers here who have a youtube account? How did you decide what to use? My name is fairly common so I don't think I could get away with using only my name.Thank you in advance!Continue

The biggest paper source of all time is drying up!

Started by Susan Jane Ankeney in Journals and all Things Paper. Last reply by ComfortableShoes Sep 11, 2016. 9 Replies

I kid you not! The biggest paper source off all time is drying up (sniff really sniff truthfully sniff). As a collage artist I was collecting scrapbook paper from the very beginning! I’ve hoarded paper with swimming pool water, astro turf, velveteen paper, foil brocade, tree bark, fish tank gravel… omg. I have six different grass papers! I’ve got this deep brooding vampire goth red background that I love. Don’t wait! Raid your local craft store (mine went from four aisles down to half an…Continue

Tags: scrapbook, paper, collage

The futility of junk journal definitions

Started by Susan Jane Ankeney in Everything Else. Last reply by Melody Celestine Sep 9, 2016. 1 Reply

Art is this very general term about creative action. Art journals are this very general book-like surface where you make art. I get giggles about junk journals. Some are these obsessively designed, perfect, thematic confections using forgotten supplies. Some are tear it up and slap in down from the recycle bin..Really, who can say what isn’t and isn’t art without rigid rules that dictate everything from supplies to techniques to subject matter and more. Just look at the Impressionists, they had…Continue

Tags: defined, definition, opinion, journal, junk

Xyron Sticker Machine

Started by Kathy in Everything Else. Last reply by Kathy Jul 19, 2016. 4 Replies

I have a very OLD Xyron sticker machine - Xyron 500 to be exact.  I hadn't used it in ages until the last year or so, and had a spare cartridge hanging around.  Now it is used up, and I am not sure if the newer cartridges would fit the old machine.  Just wondering if anyone would know.  Thanks!Continue

White Pens!!!

Started by Penny Hazeldine in Pens, Markers, Pencils. Last reply by Leslie Sowden Jul 14, 2016. 12 Replies

Hi Guys.Can anyone recommend a decent white pen for writing/drawing within my journal?I am so fed up with trying to use a paint pen (of different varieties) that will write more than a couple of letters without 'drying up' or worse running into a huge blob that I then have to spend ages trying to undo the mess/damage it causes?All recommendations will be gratefully received!!!Just for the record I have had better luck with a chalk pen but it's neither permanent or very thin, ie suitable for…Continue

Greetings from a new member!

Started by Deborah Long in Introductions. Last reply by Kathy Mar 20, 2016. 1 Reply

I'm a hobby artist and have always loved paper and all types of coloring media but I'm still fairly new to art journaling. I'm so thrilled to find and join this group. It's like I wandered into this fabulous place that is exactly what I was was looking for but didn't know actually existed. I've been cruising the gallery this morning and love all the beautiful artwork. So inspiring! I'll be sharing some of my work soon. I'm so happy to be a member here!Continue

Hi Ya'll!

Started by Elizabeth Roberts in Introductions. Last reply by Cat Slater Feb 6, 2016. 7 Replies

Hi... My name is Elizabeth, but my friends call me Lizzie. I don't know if I would call myself an artist but I've been practicing art all my life. Somewhere along the way I lost my inspiration and quit for a while. And about six months ago, after my separation, I saw my my daughter's watercolor pencils on the table and began to doodle and I haven't stopped since! Now its like I'm hungry for anything creative. I have especially fallen in love with art journaling and am eager to learn everything…Continue

Love to Art Journal

Started by Sonja Healey in Introductions. Last reply by Sonja Healey Dec 23, 2015. 2 Replies

Hi I'm Sonja and I am addicted to art. I love all materials, all media (as long as it's non-toxic!). I have several art journals in the works and I can't wait to share some of the pages with all of you. My style is very layered, although I am still learning how to add dimension to my pages (can't wait to hear your suggestions!). I love cool colors like blues, aquas, turquiose, purple, jade. I love surreal imagery and am starting to use unusual photographs from magazines in my art journals. I…Continue


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