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How to Make an Art Journal

Updated on October 29, 2014

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.

Ruler

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

Get photos of your family and make them into silly characters. My kids love being featured in my journals.
Get photos of your family and make them into silly characters. My kids love being featured in my journals.

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

This looks like Dymo labels but it's only printed characters cut out and glued to the page.
This looks like Dymo labels but it's only printed characters cut out and glued to the page.

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.

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Thanks for this great lens. Making an art journal is one of my goals for this fall.

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      SquidAngel blessed!

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      What an inspirational journal! Thank you so much for sharing your imagination, ingenuity, and artistry.

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful art journal ideas!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      So very lovely! I see you got yourself some Neocolor II. Are they wonderful. :)

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      Rachel Field 6 years ago

      Your work is so gorgeous!!!

      I've been meaning to try out making one of Teesha's journals too although it's been so long since I worked in sketchbooks.

      Love this!

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