How to Make an Art Journal
Create an Art Journal from Scratch
I love playing in my leather-bound journal and I also love my Moleskines and other blank books. However, my favourite way to journal is to create the whole book from scratch.You don't have to have any bookbinding skills to make this 8 x 10 inch, 16-page journal. All you need is right here - you just have to add a big dollop of imagination, some personal thoughts and maybe some of your own photos.
Come and join in, get messy and have fun!
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It's All About Having Fun!
Watch How to Make an Amazing 16-Page Journal - by Teesha Moore
I could have given you the instructions to make the journal step-by-step but I got the idea from this video. Teesha Moore explains it far better than I could. Be sure to watch Part 2.
You will need:
One sheet of 22 x 30 inch watercolor paper. The one Teesha recommends is Fabriano Artistico 140lb Hot Pressed. You can get this from most art suppliers or you can choose a similar paper. Go for something smooth which will be easier to write on.
Tapestry needle and strong thread.
An awl would be useful too but I managed without one.
Fabriano Artistico 140lbs Hot Pressed
This is very good paper for journaling. It is heavyweight but not too heavy for folding. It doesn't crack when folded and it can withstand a lot of punishment. Ideal for collage, acrylics, watercolor, inks, crayon, pastel and is nice and smooth for writing on.
Prepare Your Background
Once you have made your journal, it's time to start using it. You could journal straight onto the white paper and that can look very effective. If you want to add another dimension, then paint your journal pages. I do them all in one go,drying each page with a hair-dryer before starting the next. Watercolor paints are best for this stage, though I have used water-diluted acrylics in the past.
The next stage is to add borders. If you click on the picture above you will be taken to my Create a Journal Page which details these steps.
Turn Your Kid into a Unicorn
Put Your Baby Pics in Your Journal
This isn't scrapbooking; it's much more fun than that. You don't have to concern yourself too much with layouts - anything goes here. Oh look, there's theraggededge at three years old... ahhh.
Write Messages to Yourself
Combine Many Materials
On this page there are collaged borders, swirls made with Neocolor ll water-soluble crayons, bits of old sheet music, cut outs from National Geograpic, a reduced print-out of an old journal page, pastels, pens... and so on. Try everything. Be a journal junkie!
Find Weird Fonts
Create a Mini-Me
I got my kids to create 'mini-me's so I could photocopy them and steal them for my journals. Create your own Mini-Me.
Follow Your Journal Bliss
I've just signed up for an online course with the lovely Violette, author of "Journal Bliss". Violette has turned her whole life into a living, vibrant artfest. I shall report back when I'm done - hopefully with lots of new inspiration.
You can catch up with Violette HERE.