How to Start an Art Journal

Whether you’re an artist with a professional portfolio or someone who always ends up with a bunch of doodles on your note from a meeting, or just an appreciation for creativity and art, then art journaling is for you. If you’re someone that has a pile of journals from each year – mostly empty with a few entries from the beginning of January – this could be your first art journal filled with entries from cover to back.

Art journaling is a form of journaling with art elements. The Art part of the journal can be very broad; you can keep it classy with traditional sketching, make it inspirational with your favorite quotes, fill it with collages of pop icons or simply put in cut outs of art that you love. It’s so much more than normal journaling and a lot of fun.

Sound intriguing? It is. But before you start with your art journal, I have some tips to keep your journal alive and interesting.

1. Dream big, pack small

It is tempting to get a fancy, big, thick journal or sketchbook when you start your art journal. But you also want to carry it around with you all the time to record your spontaneous ideas, daydreams, and moments. Make sure your journal is small enough to fit in your bag.

2. Don’t put yourself in a box

There is no template or guideline that you need to follow when it comes to Art journaling. Be creative and think free. Don’t confine yourself in one category.

3. Experiment with different styles and techniques

Everyone has their favorite area of art, and I personally prefer pencils and pens for quick sketches. But art journaling gives you a low-key and less-intimidating opportunity to branch out to different art form. Just like I mentioned above, no one is going to judge you for your less-impressive first attempt of water color painting.

4. Look for things to record in your journal throughout the day

Don’t wait for a special vacation to put in your journal. You’ll be surprised how much you can put in your journal once you start paying more attention in your daily life.

5. Have fun!

Remember, it’s not an art assignment nor art show. There will be no judge or requirement. Don’t be shy — Just simply enjoy the delight of creating.

Now you’re all set to start your art journal! All you need is to pick a journal or notebook, a few writing/drawing materials and bring your creativity. Be yourself, let your creativity flow and have fun!