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Art Journaling Idea - Step By Step Guide

Today I have an art journaling idea that you just might like to have a go at yourself…

What’s brilliant about art journaling is that it’s so flexible - anything goes as Amy from the Mindful Art Studio shows in her post How To Start An Art Journal.

Please use the supplies you have to hand, a sketchbook is great but equally a piece of paper with some gesso brushed over is fine also. You don’t need a firm idea in your head what the piece has to look like either…

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Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
— M. Scott Peck

Supplies I used:

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Pen for writing out my uncensored thoughts

Grey Gesso

Pencil HB

Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint - greens, brown, yellow, red, white

Winsor & Newton Tear off palette

Black Stabilo pencil (for mark making)

Peel and Sketch charcoal pencil

Collage papers

Brushes/water/paper towel

Adhesive/glue - I use Liquitex matt medium but equally, craft glue would be fine for your sketchbook

Ready for some art journaling? Here we go:

  1. Write out all your stresses, worries and generally anything that’s taking up head space right now - just get it all down and if you run out of space, simply write over what’s already there. Scribbling and scrawly hand-writing with spelling mistakes are all totally fine and - please put perfection to one side!

  2. Next, slap on some gesso - it’s like an undercoat for your work - preparing you for the next stage of painting over with delicious colour. You can use white, grey (this is what I used) or black gesso or, why not mix some acrylic paint into whatever colour you have.

  3. Give a blast with a hairdryer - move it around the piece so it dries evenly.

  4. Grab yourself a photo, magazine image or whatever inspires/touches you - it doesn’t have to be a portrait.

  5. Find some collage items - paper, stamps, fabric, old envelopes, wrapping paper - whatever you like and whatever you have to hand. Place and position them and then adhere them to your substrate with craft glue, glue sticks or matt medium.

  6. Lightly sketch out your main element - mine is obviously a portrait but you could feature a pretty flower, an animal, pattern, or an object that you love etc. Take your time…

  7. Dilute some acrylic paint and start adding darker values signifying shadows.

  8. Add white or lighter values for areas of highlight.

  9. I added a red scarf and decided I didn’t like the shape I’d constructed and so altered it a little.

  10. Start adding some other hues - I added various greens, red and hints of yellow.

  11. Details - I painted in a snazzy earring, a little bird, some foliage and a cute little house. Getting personal with your touches is a beautiful thing - go to town with this.

  12. Mark making - I created some loose marks on the collaged papers which kind of looked like rain and funnily enough I realised when I was finished that it had been raining.

  13. Lastly, I added some more words and this time my words had transformed from being full of angst to feeling playful, relaxed and all with a feeling of gratitude.

Here’s the finished piece. Art journaling is a wonderful way to bare your soul, get messy + then feel so good after…

Here’s the finished piece. Art journaling is a wonderful way to bare your soul, get messy + then feel so good after…

So, I do hope you’ve enjoyed this art journaling inspiration today. My hope is that this will give you a creative and gentle way to vent some of your worries and make ‘all things new’ by painting over with a different message, one of hope and gratitude.

Lastly, remember, I love hearing from you, so please let me know how you get on in the comments below.


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What do you seek? - art journal practice


In Embrace - falling in love with your life, we often come back to the fundamental question of What do you seek?  It's such a basic question but one I think we often fail to ask ourselves often enough.  We might think about it when making our New Year's resolutions, or upon reaching a notable birthday or occasion but is that often enough?  And are the answers maybe just 'surface needs' rather than deep down spiritual needs. Well today, I've asked myself this question and the great thing is, you can ask yourself this question as often as you need to.  Whenever you feel super disconnected with yourself, ask the question...

So, I got my journal out, some acrylic paint, a pencil, a flower from the garden, a spatula to spread the paint out with and showed up with an open heart.  Below is what I came up with and my process...

art journal - seek

art journal - seek

* spread paint roughly over both sides of the art journal - very haphazard and free!

* added the carnation flower (or whatever flower/object you choose) - very sketchy and loose.

* drew some zig-zags because I liked the idea ;) IMG_0341

* Mia, obviously enthralled, not! (sleeping in the background)

IMG_0344 * Decided to add a hint of colour to my carnations - used water soluble crayons.

Art journal - what do you see?

I seek...

> ...honest conversation.

> ...the light, not the dark.

> ...your story, your truth, my truth.

> ...the stillness within me.

> ...the courage to be all of who I am and need to be.

> ...the part of me that knows 'I'm enough'...

> in the simple things, always beauty - because that's where the love is...


I'm hoping this has got you inspired to think about 'what you seek' and I'd love it if you shared your insights, art journal pages or thoughts via my Facebook page or below in the comments (as always).

Have a wonderful week.

Jane xo





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