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09-30-2013, 09:38 AM

Start an art journal.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about starting an art journal but you just haven’t got around to it yet. Or maybe you don’t know where to start. This project is for you. I hope you will join us!

This month we will make a start on art journaling. For historical interest, note that many fine artists have kept journals or art books.

Leonardo da Vinci kept extensive notebooks for his experiments and sketches. Frida Kahlo’s lively journal was published fairly recently . Both of these artists can be inspirational for beginning art journalists. There’s a pinterest board with samples of other famous artist’s journals (see link later)

What is an art journal you might ask?

It seems to be anything your want it to be…but that is too general for beginners and so here are a few things it can be.

1. A visual record or diary of your day or week

2. A place to experiment with new techniques and materials

3. A place to discover your interests or subject matter

The main thing that distinguishes it from a regular diary, of course, is the high visual content…which can range from representational to abstract.

I think it’s a very good place to play, experiment, discover. If you take the view that it is not for public viewing then you can work on very personal items and also you can let yourself make a mess…..especially if no-one else is to see it. That can be very freeing. Get out your paints, crayons, sequins, stamps and so forth and play…

Now you make a start on your journal.

1. Choose your format: a sketchbook will do fine, or a scrap book, or you may want to make a book out of recycled papers.

2. Perhaps cover the first page with abstract patterns, stick on a few words of poetry, and then experiment with stamping or stencilling on top. See where it leads you.

Here are some Links:

http://jenniebelliestudio.blogspot.com/ - an artist who does journaling and has great youtube videos on her process.


www.pinterest.com/rowenamurillo/art-journals/ - journals of famous artists

www.createmixedmedia.com - ideas on how to proceed


Please post your pages for this project in this thread.

Let us know how you did them, problems and solutions encountered, and anything else you want to say.

Looking forward to seeing those first pages.

I started my first art journal last month and I will post a few sample pages next ….

09-30-2013, 09:44 AM

This is my front page. I used a cheap spiral bound sketchbook, page size around 7 by 10 ins., watercolour paper.


This second page was to explore colour combinations I never use. I uses some crushed eggshells for texture and then stuck on a stamp from an envelope sent by azulparsnip (for the ATC exchange, I think) and it turned into a page on the poet's life. I thought that was interesting as I like to write poems.

09-30-2013, 09:49 AM
Here's a page where I tried out using acrylic paste medium squelched thru a stencil.


So although I have made a start with pages done in September, they are very newbie level stuff.

I will now go on to experiment with October pages to join in the project.


Join me!!:heart:

09-30-2013, 09:54 AM
I just found this blog:


09-30-2013, 01:03 PM
this is an excellent choice for me June....I just started a new sketchbook, in which I have been using Walter Foster ....it shows how to draw with lines step by step.....I got one book on horses, and one book on dragons and fantasy......so ....I will be showing my progress as it goes along....ive always just jumped in and start drawing....instead of lines...so it is quite different for me....tyree:wave: :thumbsup:

10-01-2013, 02:13 PM
This looks great June and long lasting. I have a diary of Kahlo;s which is full of writing, sketches, weird doodles. I'll post a page when my printer gets hooked up.

I'm looking forward to this project. :heart:

10-01-2013, 04:54 PM
This looks really good. Love your creative attempts June.

I always have one or more sketchbooks going but never think of them as journals. They are places I practice.

10-02-2013, 03:00 AM
Another link. Came across it this morning... Gives day by day prompts if you prefer to have a path to start you off:



10-02-2013, 10:43 AM
that last link is fun stuff.

I think I've been moving in this direction unknowingly for the last 2 weeks. How? Well, 3 days ago I picked up a wine bottle cork(plastic) and whittled a little flower on it and went right in and rubbed it with marker and printed out.
Just this morning I discarded this cork in disdain.....now, I'm seeing it is a little ray of light.....I'm diggin' that bogger outta the trash!.....first page of our Journal = thanks , June.

10-02-2013, 08:41 PM
June, thank you for this challenge and all the links. I think I'll try out one of the concepts too.

10-03-2013, 06:47 PM
I have some cheap pad that I reserved for experiementing and today I dug it out and decide to use it for experimenting with real Chinese ink that requires grinding and a very big Chinese brush. I have never tried such diluted ink for faces before. Then while wet, I used bamboo pen with full strength bottled Chinese ink.

Some sketches off TV with Chinese brush and ink.





13 more pages to go.

10-03-2013, 11:19 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2013/65063-fairy.jpg here is one of the drawings i did from the walter foster books....ive never really used lines before for the whole drawing, so that is what my sketchbook will be about.....hopefully more accuracy:crossfingers: tyree

10-03-2013, 11:32 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2013/65063-unicorn.jpg one more before i go to bed....a walter foster...unicorn....tyree:wave:

10-04-2013, 01:43 AM
Sandra I love those wash drawings. Great idea for your journal. Did you write a few words also? Not obligatory of course. I was curious.

Tyree, I really like the idea of a fantasy art journal. It will be good to see day by day progress and have a book of drawings at the end.

10-04-2013, 06:06 AM

Mixed media, art journal page, 7 by 10 ins.

This morning I tried out some pale pastel tints in acrylics for the background (not my usual colour scheme), and then did some stencilling (with a shape found in kitchen) and some stamping (with hand made linocuts left over from our earlier project) and also some sticking on of the following:-
1. a drawing in pen of two monkeys;
2. a paper butterfly shape;
3. a paper flower shape.

A bit of a mish-mash but fun to do.

10-04-2013, 06:31 AM
june.....I like these colourful collage like works, theyre interesting and look like fun to do.........Sandra....your faces in ink always have such wonderful expressions, never plain always exciting......tyree:wave:

10-04-2013, 05:37 PM
June, no, I didn't write anything on it. A picture is worth 1000 words!:lol: But I will paint over or collage the cover at the end of it to give this sketch pad a specific theme.

Very colorful piece of yours. The portrait came out very proportional and nice furry monkeys.

Susan, very neat mythical animals. The unicorn has such poise.

I am totally fascinated with the variety of shade I could come up with grind sumi ink when I use a huge brush. These two are a delight for me.



10-05-2013, 02:31 AM
Super work Sandra, especially the eyes.

10-06-2013, 12:18 AM
Thank you, June.

Today, I have started a new journal.

I stitched today 16 pages of packaging paper of 9x9 inch to take outdoors for painting with bamboo pen and bottled sumi ink.



10-07-2013, 06:23 AM
Sandra.....those eyes in that first one are magnetizing.......love the concept of your journals page.....neat works.....tyree:wave:

10-07-2013, 07:46 AM
Boy, everyone is really getting started well. Colorful June and magical Tyree and wonderful expressions, Sandra...especially that mysterious lady.

Have to pull something together,,,I have sketch books, but also books with blank pages. Can't wait to get started...you all have inspired me.

10-08-2013, 07:40 AM
Here is the start of my Art Journal. It is rather small (6"x 8") but in book form which I like.


10-08-2013, 07:47 AM
wahooooo janet....what a great start....I love small journals too!!!:wave:

10-08-2013, 12:20 PM
Wonderful start Janet. Looking forward to seeing it progress!! Small feels good to me too.

10-12-2013, 08:50 AM
A page I did this morning, using collage, stamping and painting.


The face was a line doodle ripped out of a sketchbook, collaged onto the art journal page and painted.

Messy and fun to do!! Good way of using up old doodles.

10-12-2013, 08:56 AM
I'm really enjoying seeing all these bits and pieces of art journals. Perhaps I'll even start one myself some day. :-)

10-15-2013, 11:55 PM
Wonderful - You all have some good stuff going into the journal.....

Sandra - I like to play with chinese brush and have never ground the ink so I did not realize the difference .....amazing stuff. Your outside sketches especially the rock is amazing!!! So life like and draws me right in. The spaces are so important......You have a good talent for it.

Here are some stuff I did . I think my goal for this journal is to draw imaginary things. Oops, except the group drawing from the group photo I do alot from life etc. I avoid the imaginary work so I need to work on that. Also http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2013/88676-gouphoto.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2013/88676-group.gif I am using art mediums that I have bits and pieces to use up. I have an old Account ledger I got at a thrift store.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2013/88676-blue-forest.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2013/88676-eggcouple.gif

10-16-2013, 12:31 AM
Thank you, Robin. I'll work on some more tomorrow morning.

Your fish like piece with blue is very pretty. I heard that ledgers accept wet media very well. Any buckling. Cute group of people there.

10-16-2013, 10:17 AM
Accounts ledger...good idea for your art journal book!!

10-22-2013, 01:45 AM
I have only two more pages to go for this sketchpad of Chinese brush portraits. Some I added pen work. Some monstrosities here.









This one is my favorite. Absolute minimalist.


Then on the other crumply home made pad, I used bamboo pen and Chinese brush in the first one and only bamboo pen in the second one.



10-23-2013, 12:29 AM
I love those figure studies. Sandra!!

10-30-2013, 10:27 AM
A couple of pages from my small: 3 by 5 ins- index card art journal.

I started it because I found that the 7 by 10 ins journal took as long to do as a painting. The tiny journal is so quick and just right or a fun journal entry which can be done before the day's painting projects...to get you in the art mood.



How are you all getting on with journalling?


10-30-2013, 11:47 AM
I've been thinking about this invitation to start art journaling. I've been pondering about the difference between a journal and a sketchbook. For me there is a distinction to be made, though I know there needn't be one. For me a sketchbook is a sort of practice place, for learning to draw, or to try out a new method or technique, whereas a journal is for reflecting on life's experiences, or ideas in general, using both words and images.
My sketchbook practice has dwindled to nothing, and I don't have a journal practice. I'd like to give it a go and see what happens.

10-30-2013, 10:16 PM
June, your index card journal is so colorful. You use watercolor or acrylic ink?

Xina, you should give it a try too.

I added to my sumi art journal using my friend's dog as model today.



That's the end of that journal.

Now the crumpled packaging paper journal I made.

Sumi ink, bamboo pen and Chinese brush

W & N water mixable oil


I made a few more in different sketchbooks and you could see it here (http://sandralp.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/travis-my-dog-model-for-the-day/) at my blog.

10-31-2013, 09:43 AM
Nice index cards June...since I love witches and ghosts...your Boo is my favorite.

What a good model you had Sandra. Did you pay him by the hour in doggy treats? The second one is such a relaxed drawing with just a few brush strokes.
Here are a couple of pages from my journal. I'm trying to paste in all the doodles I have lying around and make them interesting.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2013/42757-ladies_2.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2013/42757-ladies_1.jpg

I hope the journal are on going so we can explore more ways to express ourselves.

Sorry pictures are so big. Working with a new app :heart:

10-31-2013, 04:07 PM
Janet, I like how you give backgrounds to these cut and paste figures. What a great way to attach them.

I'd like this thread to go on because I want to finish at least the crumpled paper one I started.

Travis, the dog, indeed was cooperative. It kept sleeping in its warm bed while we painted.

11-02-2013, 12:08 PM
Sandra, such wonderful gestural studies of the dog. It looks so relaxed. I must try and do studies of my dog...I have a ready model but never do him!

Janet, using up the spare doodles in an art journal fashion is a great way to create a new picture out of doodle art. I like this method myself.

Xina, I hope you find the inspiration to start journalling. As you say, it seems to be more of a place for reflecting as well as sketching. It can be used for very private matters and thoughts in which case you wouldn't want to publish it on the net; or it can be a little less personal.

I saw a tip on a blog somewhere, where the artist wrote personal stuff but then gessoed over it and collaged on top etc, so it was private underneath and public for the final version.

In the end, guess your art journal is what you want it to be!!

I've been using mine more or less to explore techniques...but perhaps I will start fresh journal for different uses: personal diary reflections, trying new techniques, using up old doodles and artworks, etc....

Anyway, we will all be pleased to see your journal when you start it!!

11-02-2013, 12:18 PM
Here's a page where I stuck in one of my spectacled ladies doodles from the spec project.


This started out in bright reds and greens which seemed too bright and garish for what I was after (I was thinking of summer sunflowers)and so I gessoed over everything except the lady doodle, and added stamps of flowers (I wanted to try my new stamps), and also the drawing of flowers I did a while ago, and more or less re-designed it.

So i f you are not happy with the first result, get out a pot of gesso!!

11-02-2013, 12:27 PM
Like your pages June....I'm off to do more pasting and painting....This is a great project for the winter or for any other time, in fact. :heart: .

11-05-2013, 10:55 PM
Continuing the ground sumi ink pieces from newspaper.



11-09-2013, 03:28 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Nov-2013/65063-dragon.jpg adding a dragon to my sketchbook.....tyree:wave:

11-09-2013, 03:40 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Nov-2013/65063-mermaid.jpg this one is a wee bit too sketchy for me, but I did it while riding on a bus week before last while riding thru Equador....i added some magic from the computer:D tyree

11-09-2013, 03:49 PM
these are such fascinating drawings and sketches everyone is doing....sandra that lady is beautifully done with the sumi ink....janet ...love the lady with the corset and see all my goods:wink2: i like the idea of an all lady book, i once did that with a project nickel had started.....june....my favorite is the halloweeney boo ...clever works you do:thumbsup: tyree...

11-10-2013, 01:22 AM
wonderful updates from Sandra and Tyree. I love the scene in ink Sandra, and the mermaid is delightful, Tyree.

I have a couple of books on Japanese art. I must get them out for a peek. Maybe we can have a project on Japanese style ink drawings soon. One of my books is lessons in suiboku technique.

11-10-2013, 07:17 AM
Like that nice loose style Sandra. Please do more.

Is that a dragon Tyree? Feels like one to me. I hope we keep on going with our art journals and see where it leads us. Glad you like my ladies,,,but, ha-ha, I do a lot of gals because I don't do men very well, though I'm practicing.

Found some more doodles, more arranging and pasting.

Hey Tyree...Equador???? :heart:

11-10-2013, 01:28 PM
yes. .....equador...to the center of the equator.....i was in the andes mountains, and the basin of the amazon river.....saw lots of the locals and the way they live....and did alot of very heavy duty hiking, not at all like hiking ive ever done before, but my big brother and I did it......ziplined....saw chickens and rabbits sold in markets....beautiful old churches with corinthian ...doric...ionic columns.....beautiful costumes......quite the trip.......and yes that is a dragon, i did cheat though ...i used a cutout design of one and tried to make it zentanga like.....maybe i went too far in design......btw i took a gateone tour on the trip, in case anyone is interested, pretty darn cheap....but be prepared for some heavy duty hiking....tyree:wave:

11-11-2013, 12:01 PM

Decided to take the plunge and do an art journal page for one of my nature poems. New journal: portrait style.

The sketchbook paper in this journal, although I gave it a layer of gesso, turned out to be too thin for collage elements, (the paper under the collaged poem buckled).

Its progress, since at least I have started to think of journalling my collection of poems.


11-16-2013, 01:22 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Nov-2013/65063-val.jpg this is a cross=post ...its in my journal....its a pic of Val from the All Media Forum, and some crazy little doo=dads around her.....the mad hatter added the blue to my mechanical pencil.....:evil: tyree

11-16-2013, 01:23 PM
june...that is so very lovely.......tyree:heart:

11-17-2013, 06:12 PM
June, a very beautiful page, full of cheeriness and cute space poem. I wish I have the patience to do all that pasting and writing too. Perhaps I should try some scriptures in a small one.

Susan, a very good background to the portrait. It has so much to look at.

Continued with my homemade pad with Chinese ink and brush.


11-18-2013, 06:27 AM
Sandra, how very lovely, I love the light touches of colour added to it......beautifully done....tyree:wave:

11-22-2013, 09:42 AM
A bit of whimsical fun in the index card journal. Using stickers and craft supplies from the pound store.....

11-22-2013, 09:45 AM
Sandra, what a beautiful creation of the bird on a branch. I love that Chinese style.

Tyree, you made Val look as if dreaming and all around her is the content of her dream! Love it.

12-04-2013, 10:43 PM
June, I really like your index card collections. It's so inspiring to see you use so many different things to make them.

I still have a few pages to do on that homemade pad.

12-05-2013, 08:08 AM
Like all of the journals. Is that felt June? We must have the same items at the Dollar Tree. I bought Mickey Mouse drawing pads for kids there a long time ago and just dug them out. They contain colored, white and tracing paper and surprise, they are actually a pretty good quality. Using them for exercise lessons from my Kaupelis books. :cool:

12-08-2013, 06:51 AM
Its surprising what you can find for art at the cheap stores and kids craft places. Stamps, scrap papers and so on. Great for playing in the art journals.

12-14-2013, 03:17 PM
I finished the home made pad finally for sumi painting and the drawings were all geared towards a review of some Chinese made graphite crayons that acts like sumi ink. Review is here (http://sandralp.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/pacific-arc-watersoluable-graphite-sticks-review/).

You know, yesterday, I was at an art store and saw all these fun chronicle books where you doodle on each page, and some are for lists of things you like. It reminded me at once of this thread again. Perhaps I should start a list journal now but each page decorated with a picture, then write the list.

There's love list, music list, drawing 642 things etc. I need to find a journal now to really make this a real art journal this time.

12-15-2013, 12:07 PM
looking at these entries is SO inspiring.

And hangin' out with ya'll peeps for so long…….I love it here.

Here are a few more entries.

Sandra, love the stroke portraits

Janet - lots of bustage :D

June - bright colors and stamps are so uplifting. Your poetry is too.

Susan….like the portrait framed with a floating world of ideas….

I've started a word a day three days ago. When I awake I wait for a word to rise in my mind and then later during the day that word most likely will surface in an interesting way………the first day the word was monster and in the late afternoon I found myself playing along with a clarinet tune on Utube - went to bookmark and noticed the title was Monsters and sprites. Today's word is heart……..already has "surfaced" in one way…...:heart: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2013/88676-journa3.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2013/88676-journal1.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Dec-2013/88676-aimheart.gif

01-01-2014, 10:20 AM
I love those new pages Robin. A very interesting way to go...with a special word for the day, or week!!

Here's a youtube video of one artist's art journal- a flip through with some talk.


We can keep this journal thread as ongoing for 2014

Happy journalling.

01-02-2014, 08:08 PM
June, that link got me going……I watched different videos on stenciling, wash tape, alcohol spray etc etc for almost 2 hrs and then today I went out and bought a heat tool to make my own stencils……kickin' the journaling experience up a notch!!!

01-05-2014, 04:10 PM
I have really enjoyed this thread and the wonderful pages you have all posted. It has inspired me to start an art journal myself. Thank you for sharing and helping me to get back into my artwork which has lain dormant for too long. :thumbsup:

01-05-2014, 07:19 PM
Welcome Corali. I hope you will find time to join in with us and post some of your art journal pages when you start!

01-16-2014, 07:32 AM
Beautiful work there Robin. Hi Coral.

Here are two more pages of my small space art diary:



01-16-2014, 03:29 PM
I love those entries Trafford. Especially...we need to eat more fruit and exercise. That is me too!!

01-17-2014, 12:27 PM
My small concertina style, doodle, art journal. ATC size.

01-17-2014, 02:02 PM
Oh, June I just love this, Please tell us how you did it.

01-18-2014, 11:02 AM
Grabbed something to blot my lipstick lips before going out, and turned it into a pretty gruesome doodle for my art journal.


01-18-2014, 12:13 PM
Janet, your doodles of yourself are so cute. And I do like your lipstick pieces. Is it done with real lipstick? I have some leftover makeup too but I don't like them dropping off dust (eyeshadow). Perhaps I should just use lipsticks too.

June, I have to say that's a superb ATC concertina journal. The idea is so refreshing especially the squiggles all over the characters.

Makes me want to try that too.

01-19-2014, 04:55 AM
Janet, the lipstick blots are a fun and very new kind of approach to doodling. You could use fingerprints too I guess. Love the lips!

01-19-2014, 05:06 AM
The ATC concertina journal was simple to make and its a handy size for putting in a pocket for going outdoor sketching. I used mine's indoors as a 'warm-up' doodling before starting other art for the day.

I made it using a couple of long strips cut from a spare piece of fairly heavy weight cartridge/sketch paper. My paper just happened to be 16.5 ins on its length so I did 2 strips 3.5 ins by 16.5 ins. I marked out the ATC format at the beginning of the strip and then folded it forwards and back in concertina fashion, ATC size for each little section, i.e., 2.5 w by 3.5 ins h.

I glued the 2 folded strips together in the middle. I had 16.5 ins but 15 or 17.5 ins would perhaps be better to have no funny middle join. (I just doodled over the middle join and so it didn't show) But the advantage of the 16.5 length was the little overlap for the front cover which made the booklet into a kind of purse.

I strengthened the end covers by gluing some decorated card on to them. Mines was shiny wedding card stationery from a craft pack.

You could make them in larger sizes and use coloured papers etc.

Cheap too!! I only used about half an A3 sheet for the folds.:thumbsup:

01-19-2014, 05:55 AM
I just came across this channel which has lots of online classes(for sale). It might be worth exploring if you want to learn new techniques such as altered books. link is:-


I may try one from there some time later in the year.

Today, I just signed up for an affirmations journal class with another site. I'm not sure what to expect. I could think up my own affirmations but nice to just follow a class for an easier way of making a 'pat on the back' kind of journal for the new year.:thumbsup:

03-03-2014, 03:00 AM
Art journal workshop site:


New site for people doing journals.:thumbsup:

03-03-2014, 03:15 PM
oh my, these are cool ideas. I'm gonna share them at our monday art journal class.

03-06-2014, 03:30 PM
Been going through a very tough time recently, hospital op, bereavement etc so struggling to get back to my artwork.

This art journaling appeals to me and so here is the first page... Feeling blue and hating Mondays seemed a good place to start. Hopefully things can only get better:crossfingers:


03-07-2014, 12:16 AM
Hi Inky, sorry to hear about your problems with illness, bereavement. I know bereavement can cause illness, which I never knew until I went thru it a few years ago now. I used art as a way thru it actually.

I like the blue journal page. It says it all!!

Hopefully, the art journalling will help you get back into your art.

03-07-2014, 02:59 PM
Site for copyright free imagery to use in scrap-booking, journalling, etc.


I haven't explored it much but looks good.


03-07-2014, 11:57 PM
Inky, good to see you posting again. Are you recovering from major illness yourself? How are you faring? Good page to start. Dpn't overstress yourself but do relax with art.

03-08-2014, 02:46 AM
Youtube video on making an 'instant book' or journal from one page of paper


03-08-2014, 04:09 PM
Hi Sandra thank you, yes just a week since my operation and am recovering at home some days better than others. Lost me dear dad and attended the funeral two days before I had to go into hospital so it's been hard. However it's times like this I find I need my art and getting creative really helps heal me.

Nothing to show today but tomorrow I am hoping will be a good day.

I love the art on this site and have enjoyed looking through this thread it's so inspiring.:thumbsup:

03-11-2014, 07:54 AM
Hi, Inky,
Glad you are posting again..missed you. Hope you feel better soon Sorry you lost your dad. You never quite heal from that, it just gets softer.


03-12-2014, 01:09 PM
Hi all - did this one monday…..

Inky and Sandra - Here's hoping' both you two buds get renewed.


03-13-2014, 05:56 AM
Ooooh! Robin, I love it....makes me itch to get back to collage. :cool:

03-15-2014, 12:16 PM
Got started on a journal made by folding 1 sheet of paper.


The inside pages are shown here:



It was super fun to make a one-page journal. :thumbsup:

03-15-2014, 12:17 PM
Robin...that is a fabulous birdie page!!! So tactile.

03-23-2014, 03:06 PM


Did a one page mini art journal this weekend. ( 3 by 4 ins page size, from 1 sheet A4 paper).

More page views on my blog at

I was keen to use the supplies I'd bought at the art store on Friday. The mini journal is a quick way of completing a project.

03-23-2014, 10:24 PM
June: Very nice! Having been dabbling in miniature painting, I have developed a taste for anything small. :-)

03-24-2014, 08:02 AM
You're doing great June. Good ideas and beautiful colors.. Are you still getting stuff from the pound store? I bought a bunch of stick on letters last week. Time to do something with them.

03-25-2014, 02:33 AM
I have always kept two books on the go at any one time. They are both spiral bound sketchbooks from W. H. Smiths in town. One is kept for doodling and formulating ideas, writing what is in my mind and general sketches. I write the colours I want on the drawings but the book contains no actual colour. The second book is for further expansion of ideas and best work. When I think a piece of work is complete or worth keeping, it is cut out of the book and placed in an art file and stored. Every few months, I have a review of my own work - some is kept and some thrown away (I tend to be brutally critical of my work - the bin can get very full on occasions!) I find it quite surprising in these reviews, that even small doodles can suddenly assume great importance and can get cut out, stuck on larger sheets and get included in the 'Best Work' file! I find working this way helps me organise my mind and keep track of myself!

03-27-2014, 10:52 AM
Hi fatbrush. Welcome to this forum. Keeping files like you do is a wonderful way of organising your thought and work. I like how you find that insignificant doodles will become important for you when you look at them later!! A bonus reward!

I don't use WH Smiths much...I will nedd to check it out next time I am in town. I use Ryman's and Book sale publishers fairly often.

Janet, the childhood journal was a mix of quality materials and some cheapies, such as the collaged on flower and dragonfly. I was lucky enough to come across a sale of wrapping paper at the weekend which had the fabulous clothed animals on it...I built the book around them. A very fun thing for me!!

06-21-2014, 03:45 AM
Interesting art journalling site and communty, with FREE classes!