ART JOURNALLING 101

06 February 2016


ART JOURNALLING 101: i do not consider myself an artist of any stature or recognition, however i don't think you need to be anything even close to that 'label' to enjoy art journalling. because art journalling has no rules, no regulations. it is simply: create. and to be a creative is largely a subjective idea. so i thought i'd address a few so-called 'tips' i have for art journalling, as it is one of my most frequently asked requests i have, besides photography tips.

1. IF THE SHOE FITS: or rather, 'if the book fits.' picking the right sized sketch-book is key to creating in a way you feel comfortable with. for  some, large pages are where they feel most at home as it gives them freedom and scope to do whatever they like. for others, smaller pages are best: they can easily carry it around with them, it is a pocket-sized bundle of inspiration, bursting with paint and papers. i personally don't actually have a favourite, although A5 sketchbooks are what I tend to use the most, and I very rarely buy them - usually i just make them myself, because then i can even decide what colour, texture and size each individual page is and it makes it that much more unique and personal.

2. DON'T THROW ANYTHING AWAY: everyone knows in my house now that any ephemera or ribbon clippings can be used for something arty by me. i have a personal collection of sugar paper from box stuffings and primark bags (the brown paper is wonderful). i take as many of my brother's train tickets as he'll let me. old stamps are pure gold in my house, as are air mail envelopes. postcards i will take in a heartbeat. everything can be recycled. those scrap pieces of paper from when you cut up a piece of paper can be used by turning them into parcel tags, or pretty shapes, or polka dots. one entire cubby in my desk is overflowing with scrap paper (slightly messy, but ultimately very useful.)

3. STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST: there is nothing wrong with taking inspiration from the world around you, or other creatives - you just need to make sure you do it right. don't just 'steal', but 'steal like an artist': Austin Kleon says it very well (p.s i still don't have this book. hint. hint.) bad theft:: degrade; skim; steal from one; plagiarise; imitate; rip off. Good theft:: honour; study; steal from many; credit; transform; remix.

4. ART ISN'T SUPPOSED TO LOOK NICE; IT'S SUPPOSED TO MAKE YOU FEEL SOMETHING (thx park/rainbow, you speak the truth). depending on what your creative aim is, art doesn't always need to look nice. especially if it is personal and hidden away in your journal. it could evoke emotion, it could be eye catching, it could be intricately detailed, but it doesn't always have to 'look nice'. and that is the battle you will always have if you are a perfectionist like me: trying to accept the imperfect perfection of your own work.
what are you waiting for, start journalling! and if you're stuck for ideas, why not join my creative project of 2016: #ohjournaletc

17 comments:

  1. Ooooh, this looks SO COOL. I'm not one for art journalling, but I think I should pick up your habit of collecting stamps and tidbits and whatnot since they'd be super helpful for book photography. Your art journal is simply dazzling, I love it! :D

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Awh but why not, it's so fun and therapeutic!! Collecting little memories is so fun too!

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  2. this post is beautiful! I'm probably not going to start art journalling any time soon (although I'm doing a graphic narrative at school right now and getting inspiration would probably do me wonders) but I loved this post all the same. I love the idea of collecting pieces of scrap paper etc, it could really come in handy for when I get my weird creative ideas that I never end up carrying out.

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    1. Thank you so much! What's a graphic narrative? It sounds intriguing!!

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  3. I love love love how you summed up #3. I think that goes for like ANY sort of art...same with blogging too. YUS. BUT ANYWAY. THIS IS GORGEOUS. I love how you collect aaall the things to incorporate them into your journal. :') EPIC ARTISTRY THERE.

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    1. WHY THANK YOU CAIT. <3 THANKSSS BUT BACK TO YOU!

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  4. I don't know if I can art journal, but now I just want to keep all the sugar paper for my own journal where I put photos of my day. And that's it, that's all I got. XD

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    1. I BET YOU COULD YOU ARTISTIC WOMAN. sugar papeeeer <3

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  5. ah yessss, I'm always collected little scraps of wrapping paper and leaflets etc., as for making your own sketchbook - I should probably do that some time! atm I tend to stick in different textured papers into a really thin papered diary, which is my current art journal, gets waaaay too boring with the same paper all the time
    safah | oh, how i wander.

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    1. Collecting ephemera is so fun! I agree about the paper thing, blank white paper gets vv boring.

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  6. I do so adore art journalling - perhaps not to the same artistic level as you (I must admit that I am really more of a word-person at heart!), but more for the therapeutic benefits it holds. I so loved scrolling through all of the gorgeous images of your journal, though. Thank you so much for the advice. <3

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    1. Hahah, art journalling is so beautiful, i agree with the therapeutic benefits! Thank you so much Topaz!

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  7. I only started art journalling three days ago. Before that I was just hoarding pretty pictures of places from all over the world. Now I finally know what to do them :) This is the most helpful post I could wish for at the moment :)

    x Envy
    Lost in Translation

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    1. Oooh good luck, i hoard everything virtually on my pinterest...and collect way too many scraps of paper from my travels..I'm glad this helped!

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  8. Love it! I have so many boxes and trays of ribbons and papers and buttons and EVERYTHING. Collecting is my fave, I just need to ... actually use it? #oops

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    1. Collecting is great (although i think i'm a self-confessed hoarder)...but yes! use it! you will never look back :)

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    2. Collecting is great (although i think i'm a self-confessed hoarder)...but yes! use it! you will never look back :)

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