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Art Journal Inspiration

Using scrapbooking supplies and other mixed media like paint, fabric, ephemera, pastels, and other materials to create art journal pages can be a wonderful creative outlet as well as a freeing experience.  There is no pressure to make a page look pretty.  You can freely play with materials to make something pleasing to you yourself.  (No one will ever see your art journal pages unless you show them.)  The pages do not need to tell a story or be laid out with any sort of design sense.  They can be what you want.  You can add in photos if you like as well. So let loose and play in an art journal.  You'll probably find yourself going back to it over and over again!  Here are some pages to inspire:

Mary Ann Moss shows some examples of 2nd grade student art journal pages in a post here.  As well, one of her own pages is shown below.

Donna Downey does a video of herself working on her art journal pretty much weekly.  Shown below is her page from her latest entry.

Teesha Moore has lots of videos up showing her working in an art journal.  She gives lots of free tips and instruction as well. Are you wondering what to put your art journal in?  You can put it in an altered book, a commercially purchased watercolour sketch book or try making one of your own, like Teesha's "Amazing 16 Page Journal" shown in a video tutorial here.  One of Teesha's pages is shown below. 

SuziBlu also has some great video instruction on art journaling available here.

Below are a few art journal pages I have been experimenting with.  These are all works in progress (WIP).  There is still journaling to add, plus other elements.  Lots of fun to play with.  The mediums in these pages are water colour pencils, pastels, paints, gesso, chalk, and markers. (The first two images are in an altered book.  The second one is in a handmade watercolour paper book that I made using the video tutorial by Teesha Moore.)

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  1. April 20th, 2010Posted | Permalink

    These are some very interesting pieces of art!

  2. April 20th, 2010Posted | Permalink

    Really awesome info and fun art here!  So glad a friend shared your site with me.

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