Let's Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!!!
Earlier this week, I polled my Facebook group to get some perspective on everyone's feelings about art journaling.
Just as I suspected, there are many feeling SCARED because they have no idea how to start an art journal, they're intimidated by the talents of others and think they won't measure up, they're afraid of the blank page, and of wasting a beautiful new journal and/or art supplies!
First of all, you are NOT alone, but... it's time for a kick in the pants...
Art is supposed to be FUN you guys!!!! Art journaling is like the DEFINITION OF FUN because there are absolutely NO rules.
Better yet- it's private. Really! Think about it- it's a book with a cover. The word "journal" basically means diary. So that means an art journal is YOUR PRIVATE SPACE to experiment and play creatively however you want to. You don't have to show a soul. Isn't that freeing???
Lots of people choose to do art journaling for mental health or stress relief. It's also a great release if you need to distract yourself while healing physically.
In today's video I'll share 4 ideas on kinds of journals you might like to try- ranging from my current fave (a strathmore 11"x 14" watercolor journal), to how to art journal from an old book, and how to make an art journal from scratch. We'll also go over art supplies for beginners (all you REALLY need is a pencil!).
Then I'll teach you 5 quick and easy ways to start an art journal page with various techniques to create interesting art journal backgrounds. I often use duct tape or masking tape to add texture. I also love collage and will share a fun acrylic painting idea for all the perfectionists out there!
Definitely, by far though, is spray painting through stencils...say wha??? You heard me! And in today's video you can watch me too!
I've got not one, but THREE special guests today who are waiting for you, so go ahead and CLICK HERE to start the video because we have A LOT to cover as we start our Art Journal Challenge together!
This week I also have a FREE 4-page guide full of art journal ideas, inspiration & encouragement to help you BREAK THAT BLANK PAGE & start having fun, fast!! 👇 Scroll to the bottom and tell me in the comments if you want a copy so I can send ya the link!!
Come art journal with me!
15/2/2020 06:58:06 am
You are so so awesome and giving! Best teacher one could ever ask for! Could I have your cheatsheet? Thank you so much!
15/2/2020 09:51:30 am
You're so nice Tatiana!!! I'm super happy to share the cheatsheet with you! Just click the link and it will be delivered right to your inbox!! Have fun! https://awesomeartschool.lpages.co/composition-and-color/
22/10/2021 08:16:04 pm
Karen, I want to start Art Journaling. Please send me your “Kick in the Pants” pdf.
2/6/2022 09:58:57 am
Definitely could use this cheat sheet. I can’t paint, draw or doodle to save my dog’s life, but really want to try this because I’ve seen such beautiful pages.
2/6/2022 05:16:38 pm
Aw, you can definitely do journal pages with absolutely zero to no skill! Here's the link: https://awesomeartschool.lpages.co/composition-and-color/
10/6/2022 03:54:40 pm
Great blog you haave
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