If you're new to the art journaling world, you may be wondering what all the hype is about. Well, I'm here to tell you it's not just about pretty pictures! Art journaling is an incredibly powerful tool that can help you express yourself and create a space where your mind can escape when things get stressful or tough.
In this post, we'll explore some of our favorite ideas for beginners who want some inspiration on how they can begin making their masterpiece pieces in their next art journaling sessions - no matter how long those might take!
The first step toward creating your masterpiece is finding inspiration: whether it's by looking at other artists' work or even just picking up a book or magazine (or binge-watching Netflix). You don't need expensive supplies for anything here; simply grab whatever materials are available at home. But before you start crafting with your art journal, read below for some inspirations that will boost your creative juices!
What is an Art Journal?
An art journal is a blank book that allows you to record your creative process. It's like a journal, but it's specifically for paper crafts and other artwork. You can use it for any kind of artistic endeavor—from drawing or painting to making jewelry or writing poetry or playing music. The point is that you're free to do whatever inspires you!
Art journals work well because they allow artists (and non-artists) to document their personal histories through the pages of their books. By turning over each page and seeing how far they've come over time, people can see how much they've grown as an artist or as an individual.
Benefits of Art Journaling
There are many benefits to art journaling. It's an outlet for creativity, which can help you express yourself and be happier in general as well.
It is also a way to express your feelings, which is important when you're feeling stressed or upset about something. This will help reduce stress and make it easier for you to cope with whatever situation is bothering you at the time.
Another benefit of this hobby is that it allows all types of people: beginners like myself, experienced artists who have been doing art since childhood up until now (or maybe even longer than that), people who want something different from their usual hobbies (like coloring books), etcetera...
The great thing about it being an outlet for creativity is how easy it can be to start doing. All you need are some basic supplies (pencils, paper, paint), and then go from there! There's no pressure on yourself or anyone else when creating your first piece of work; just have fun with this opportunity as much as possible because after all, that's what its intended purpose is meant for right?
Basic Art Journaling Materials
To get started, you'll need a few basic art journaling materials. Here are some of the most common:
- Paints (acrylic, oil, gouache, watercolor)
- Art journal notebook
- Magazine cutouts
- Old images
Anything can be included and used for art journaling, so feel free to use whatever you have!
Art Journaling Ideas
Deconstructed canvas art
Deconstructed canvas art is a series of canvases that have been cut into pieces and then reassembled. The result is a collage-like piece, one that can be enjoyed as an individual piece or used to decorate your home.
Deconstructed canvas art allows you to create something unique without having to spend hours creating it from scratch. You can also add your personal touch by painting on the canvas with acrylic paints or adding other elements such as beads or glitter! What makes deconstructed canvases so popular? They're easy to display, they look great in any room (even if no one else sees them), and they're fun!
Use stencils, Stamps and more!
Stencils are a great way to create art with minimal effort. They're also a fun way to add some texture or detail to your page. There are many different kinds of stencils available at craft stores and you can find them online as well.
Abstract effects: paint splatters
Create a design using splatter paint.
- Apply an even coat of the desired color to your canvas.
- Use a paintbrush to create your design, then let it dry completely before adding more colors or details.
- Use a straw or other implement as an added detail!
Mock Magazine covers
Make a mock magazine cover with an old magazine, a glue stick, and a brush pen.
- Find a blank page in the back of your favorite magazine and cut it out along the spine (the spine is where all of the pages are bound together).
- Glue this piece to your canvas using Mod Podge or another adhesive solution you have on hand!
- Using your brush pen and adding some color, write what you want on this blank page as if it were being published by another company altogether!
The great outdoors
The great outdoors is a great place to find inspiration. You can use photos of nature to make collages, mixed media artworks, and watercolor paintings.
Use photos from your travels or from the local park to inspire your art journaling project!
Blurred lines are one of our favorite ways to add depth and dimension to an art journal page. We love how you can use a variety of tools, materials, and colors to create them. You can either draw your blurred lines with a ballpoint pen or fill them in using watercolor paint or acrylics.
You can use different types of pens for this technique: felt-tip pens (for example), gel pens (for example), or even felt-tip t-shirt markers!
Tableau vivant collage
Tableau vivant college is a great way to create a collage. It can be done on any surface and with any medium, so you have the freedom to choose your style or subject matter.
You can also do it in any style: traditional art, impressionist art (like Van Gogh), modern art, pop surrealism (like Dali), anything goes!
PRO TIP: Start having your own art journal today.
Try them all.
Try them in different combinations.
Try them in different mediums.
Try them with different materials (pens, pencils, paint pens). If you're feeling adventurous, try experimenting with new tools! For example, we've found that oil pastels are great for creating a detailed look on paper—but if you're not a fan of applying too much pressure or constantly having to clean up your workspace after each stroke of the brush tip (or blending), then watercolor might be more suitable for your needs! Don't limit yourself either—try using multiple mediums at once! You never know what could happen when one medium meets another...
These techniques are not only great ways to make your art journaling stand out from others' work, but also provide valuable lessons on how different materials will combine to create visually-aesthetic pieces. Best of all, art journaling is very therapeutic so it makes you productive yet relaxed at the same time.
You don’t need a degree in art history to try out these projects. What you do need is determination and the willingness to work hard – and it will be worth it! The best part about journaling is that it can help you explore your creativity, something that everyone needs in their lives. If you’re new at this and feeling overwhelmed by all the different possibilities, don’t worry: we have some great ideas on how to get started below. So, what are you waiting for? Get creative!