Art Journaling

Heaps and heaps of supplies
Heaps and heaps of supplies

Ever since I came back from Kimberly Wilson's incredible Spring retreat, I've been doing a ton of art journaling.  A Blog reader/friend asked that I do a post specifically on art Journaling and how it works exactly.  I thought that was a great idea.

Because I'm working on an e-course about "Creative + Conscious Business" I wanted to make sure I had a dedicated note-book just for my business notes. Logically speaking this meant that I needed to start another art journal!  It gave me the opportunity to document the process (or at least my process) a little better.  This will mainly be a picture blog with supporting notes to help you along.

I'll be offering art Journaling evenings at the studio a few times a year, if you are interested let me know.

I start with lots of supplies, like the colorful tape and the sharpies above.

oodles and oodles of other supplies
oodles and oodles of other supplies

It's great to have lots of fun types of paper, stickers, tape, masking tape, and lots and lots of glues sticks!  Visit your local art store or Michael's, visit the scrap-booking section for innumerable ideas!

stacks of magazines and catalogs
stacks of magazines and catalogs

Then you leaf through the magazines and you pull out images that appeal to you for any reason or if you are art journaling a certain theme you'd find things around that theme.  It's your journal you do what speaks to you.

some images that appealed to me
some images that appealed to me
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Here is a sample of the pages I created today...

Pages 1-2
Pages 1-2
pages 3-4
pages 3-4
pages 5-6
pages 5-6
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pages 9-10
pages 9-10
pages 11-12
pages 11-12
pages 13-14
pages 13-14
pages 15-16
pages 15-16

If you were doing your own journal you could find some journal prompts and start writing with sharpies (they really work best) over the images.  The pages become this beautiful mixed media collage.  In this case I'm creating a business journal.  I'm working with specific writing prompts about what I want my business to look like and action plans. I've even heard of people art journaling a business plan (I wish i had known about that before I did mine last year!!).

writing prompts and musings
writing prompts and musings

The cover...

Cover of my business journal
Cover of my business journal

Have you ever done art journaling?  If so what do you like best?  Share your pictures and experiences with us!  I'd love to see what you come up with.

Here are a few journal prompts to get the juices flowing...

1) If you could tell your College Freshman Self one thing what would it be and why?

2) Are you doing what you love?  If so what can you do to keep it up and if not what can you do to get you where you want to go?

3) If money were no problem what would you be doing right now?