It's all good!
well, we're still here for another year. I want to ttake a moment and thank everyone who generously donated cash to keep us online. It's thanks to all the members who donated that all this remains free. Which is pretty awesome when you consider that there is no other Art Journaling site on the internet that remains free. We've been doing it for 6 years now. So give yourself a pat on the back for being awesome.
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I'm mostly a writer (I have three novels published), but I used to do a lot of drawing in my teenage years and the urge to draw again has led me to journalling.My journal entries are mostly words, with the art as illustration, but I hope that doesn't bar me from discussions of art journalling :)Continue
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
Each of us has been given gifts and talents. Our combinations of gifts are unique to us. Though we may look at others and think we may never be “as good as” they are in something, or that “we’re better than” someone else in something else, those comparisons really do not have anyone’s best interest in mind. It’s kind of like saying, “That grand piano will never drive as fast as that sports car.” Well of course it won’t, it wasn’t designed for driving. It was designed to play beautiful music.…Continue
Hello, My name is Sherri. I am so grateful to be in the company of others who seek to express themselves in this way. As an artist I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to make great art. In the past I have actually sabotaged myself because I felt like I couldn't begin a project unless its was philosophically deep or meaningful, and above all it had to be perfect. It wasn't until I stumbled across a book called "Brave Intuitive Painting'" by Flora Bowley that I realized Art…Continue
Lots of people use prompts to jump start their creativity. A dancer might study the style or methods of a famous performer. A painter might take the idea of painting with light from the Impressionists and try something new.There are plenty of art journaling prompts. You can pick a random word from a dictionary, or a phrase from a book. There are bloggers and other with extensive lists of prompts. A lot of journalers use and collect quotes from famous people and poems.I was on a…Continue
I've been thinking about a challenge. Back when I did lots of ATCs there was talk about trying to do an ATC in a short amount of time. I went ahead and tried it and had a lot of fun.You have to give yourself permission to not finish.And some sort of set-up is necessary. I found my travel art kit was ideal for this.Any media. Any size (I've done up to 5x7"). Any substrait.Any anything.The increments I've use are 5, 15, and 30 minutes -- one after the other. The 5 minute version is ultra basic…Continue
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
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
Not everyone can work wet in their journal. There are plenty of ideas and techniques that will keep the wet part to a minimum, yet still inspire the creativity.Paint is mucky, messy, goopy, elemental, and very versitile. Unfortunately if you see enough YouTube and you’ll be convinced this is the only way to art journal.Dry media on the other hand, or at least dryer, still allows some of the expected art journal effects just from different angles. In addition they can take you entirely different…Continue
Hey there! I'm pretty new to the art journaling world (and this site!) but I have been a creative person my whole life. Right now I am trying to figure out ways of incorporating my huge stash of scrapbook papers in art journal pages and would love to hear any ideas you all might have!I've tried using punches and such in the past, but it doesn't help dwindle the stash as much. Would it be interesting to paint on? Are the good for backgrounds, or are they too busy?Help please!Continue