What is art journaling? Until a couple of months ago, I didn’t even know such a thing existed. Basically, it is journaling but in the form of art. Usually folks try to do it on a regular basis and try to capture something that they are working on, thinking about, or trying out (like techniques or new products). I tend to be in the second camp. I like to art journal about things in my life (whether current, past or future) that is on my mind. While I also like to test new techniques, with certain pages, it is not a necessity and is not what drives an art journal page for me.
My first art journal page (top photo) is one that I did when I was suffering from one of my migraines. Normally I just curl up into a ball when I get one, but I had committed to starting an art journal this year so I really wanted to capture the essence of something that has so affected my life. I really like how it turned out, as I think it visually shows the feelings and hopes I have about my migraines.
I won’t share all of my art journal pages, but here is a sampling. A drawing of Bandito asleep in his dog bed next to my crafting desk. I used a plain Uniball pen and my Derwent Inktense water color pencils. Nothing says peace to me like a sleeping pup.
The next was a page that I hoped would keep me inspired and motivated this year to tackle my unhealthy demons. This was a bit of a collage and mixed media. I started my background with some plain acrylic paints, stenciled in some latex caulk and then drew in a silhouette of an uplifted woman. I then chose some phrases and words from a magazines and used my matte medium to clue them in. It has a bit of a retro 70s vibe, but I like how it turned out, and part of me thinks that the free-thinking 70s is a period from which I could learn a thing or two about letting go.
The next one I did for my friend, Robin (YT: tngirl224), who suffers from PTSD and asked folks to share good childhood memories. Now I had moved around a LOT as a child so I had nothing tangible with me from that part of my life, but thanks to the Internet I was able to find images of things that meant a great deal to me as a child that I shared in this art journal page. The memories came flooding back, and that can be a wonderful result of art journaling.
The following are the YT video posts of the last couple of these art journal pages along with one bonus one I did for another YT friend, Sharon (YT: Hope4ACure):
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you are so good at drawing! that’s one thing i wish i could improve on. Love your 2 digis, they are so cute. I’m gonna download the kitty 😉 is it easy to learn how to make digital stamps? It’s something I would like to try out but no idea how haha.
Hope you enjoy Soft Kitty! LOL I think I responded to this question in my YT reply so I won’t be repetitive here. I don’t think it’s hard to make digis, but the quality of the downloads are very variable depending on how much clean up the drawer does and what resolution they make the digis (I’ve downloaded drawings from others that I thought were really cute, but been disappointed with the resolution when I tried to print them out). Thanks so much for joining me here! I really appreciate it! xoxo, Kristina