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Art Journaling Ideas For Beginners


Collage of Chicago that started as a physical art journal page and converted into a digital art journal page that I created in Procreate, which is a great app for digital art journal pages. Artist is Sara Sawochka-Dalton
Collage of Chicago that started as a physical art journal page and converted into a digital art journal page that I created in Procreate, which is a great app for digital art journal pages. Artist is Sara Sawochka-Dalton

You're feeling down and stressed out. Work is piling up and you feel like you're stuck in a rut. You don't know what to do with yourself. But then you remember that art journaling can be a great way to express yourself and get rid of some of that built-up frustration.


You decide to give it a try. You gather up some supplies and sit down at your desk. You take a deep breath and start to write. The creativity starts to flow and before you know it, you've created a beautiful art journal page filled with beautiful images and hand lettered text expressing your thoughts and feelings. You're amazed at how cathartic it was to express yourself destress yourself in this way.


Art journaling is a great way to deal with stress, anxiety, and negative emotions. It's also a great way to get in touch with your creative side. If you're a beginner, don't worry-I'm going to cover some ideas for getting started.


The first step is to gather up some supplies. You'll need a sketchbook or journal, pens or pencils, paints, brushes, and any other materials you might want to use (collage materials, stamps, etc.). Experiment with different mediums and techniques. Draw inspiration from everyday objects or nature. Most importantly, have fun and be creative!


One of the best things about art journaling is that there are no rules. You can experiment with different techniques and mediums however you like. If you see something online, like Pinterest or Google images, take inspiration from that and make it your own in your art journal, just like you would using a collage images you would pull from a magazine.


Definition of art journaling


Art journaling is the process of creating a visual diary or record of your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It can be a great way to get in touch with your creative side, and it's a great way to deal with stress, anxiety, and negative emotions. There are no rules when it comes to art journaling-you can experiment with different mediums and techniques however you like.


How art journaling can help you express yourself in a creative way


An art journal is a blank canvas where you can create and explore your creativity. Art journaling encourages self expression, experimentation, and creativity. Through art journaling, you can get in touch with your emotions and express yourself in ways that you might not feel comfortable doing anywhere else. You don't need to know what the "right" way to do it is-you are free to experiment with different techniques and mediums until something clicks.


How to get start art journaling and tools you'll need to complete a single page in your art journal


If you're trying to figure out what you need to get started with art journaling as a beginner, here is a list of some items to get you started on your journey:

  • Blank art journal, water color journal or blank sketch book (mixed media sketch books work well here)

  • Watercolor pencils and a water brush

  • Fine-tipped ink pens (Sakura micron pens)

  • Paper towels or a newspaper (something to keep your surface clean

  • Acrylic paint and brushes

  • Procreate app with iPad and Apple Pencil if you want to create a digital art journal

  • Colored pencils

  • Tombow markers and dual sided brush pens

  • Tools to create textures in the medium you choose to work with

  • Stencils

  • Old magazines if you're looking to create collages

  • High quality images and a printer to print high quality Google images, Pinterest images or Canva images

  • Digital programs like Canva are free and another great resource for the art journalist who wants to remain clutter free because you can create art journals directly in this free app of royalty free images (NOTE: there is a free version and a Pro paid version)

  • Draw or doodle

  • Fill a page with geometric shape and filling the page using different art supplies

  • Write your favorite quote in faux calligraphy and use different kinds


Water color art journal page used with Sakura Micron Pens to draw in black ink to create a drawing. This art journal page was made during Art Journal Challenge March 2022 using prompt: CandyScape. Check out Art Journal Club available through Sara Dalton Coaching. Artist is Sara Sawochka-Dalton
Water color art journal page used with Sakura Micron Pens to draw in black ink to create a drawing. This art journal page was made during Art Journal Challenge March 2022 using prompt: CandyScape. Check out Art Journal Club available through Sara Dalton Coaching. Artist is Sara Sawochka-Dalton

Great tips for what makes great prompts for your art journal

  • Great art journal prompts are specific or generic.

  • Consider what you want to explore

  • Your intention with the prompt can be helpful

  • Try a variety of art techniques and art mediums as the prompt

  • Draw inspiration from nature or your everyday life

  • Take a nature walk

  • Pull random ideas from a drawing prompt jar

  • Think of your favorite song and come up with creative art journal ideas

  • Try different art brushes to get different textures

  • Think of one word each day to create an entire page

Different places to find art journaling prompts and great ideas


There are so many different places to find ideas for art journaling prompts if you are feeling stuck and don't know where to look. You could check sites like Pinterest or Google for daily, weekly or monthly prompt lists. You could also sign up for Art Journal Club here on Sara Dalton Coaching for $30 a month. Check it out here.


Different art journal techniques that are easy to start out with


Art journaling is a great way to express yourself, and it doesn't have to be perfect.

In fact, there are many techniques that are easy for beginners. There's collage, or painting with watercolors. You can sketch with pencils. You can do calligraphy or lettering in your art journal as well! Remember to just have fun and experiment-you'll find your own style eventually!

Try out different mediums until you feel more comfortable using them all together on one page of your art journal. And remember: don't worry about making mistakes; everyone does at first! In the end, what matters most is that you're having fun and enjoying this creative process.


How to silence your inner critic so you don't give up on the project halfway through or think that it doesn't look good enough when compared to others' work


Many people never start art journaling because they are held back by their inner critic. This voice in your head tells you that your work isn't good enough and that you should give up. But don't listen to it! If you want to create a beautiful art journal, then you have to silence your inner critic so that it doesn't hold you back.


How do you do this?


There are a few techniques that can help.


First, try not to compare your work to others'. Remember, everyone starts out as a beginner at some point, and everyone has their own unique style.


Second, give yourself permission to make mistakes. The process of creating art is often messy and unpredictable, so don't expect everything to come out perfectly the first time.


Finally, celebrate your successes! When you finish an art journal page page or a start an art journal project that you're proud of, take a moment to enjoy it and feel good about what you've accomplished.


The benefits of art journaling


There are many benefits to art journaling, including:


-Rebuilding self-confidence

-Increasing creativity and problem-solving skills

-Improving hand-eye coordination

-Reducing stress and anxiety

-Make your heart sing during


Each person's experience with art journaling will be different, so it's important to experiment until you find what works best for you.


If you're just starting out, don't compare your work to others'.


In the beginning, you are a beginner. That means that you should expect to make mistakes and not have everything come out perfect the first time around. It's okay if it takes some time for you to figure out what works best for you! Remember: art journaling is about having fun and being creative-not perfectionism.


A beginner art journaler shouldn't compare their work to advanced art journalers because they need to find their own style and experiment with different mediums before settling on one technique or another. If anything, take inspiration from other artists' work but don't think that theirs is better than yours simply because they've been doing this longer thank you.



Art journal page/sketchbook journal page created by artist Sara Sawochka-Dalton using Zentangle for art journaling
Art journal page/sketchbook journal page created by artist Sara Sawochka-Dalton using Zentangle for art journaling


Why art journaling is important and why it's worth giving it a try even if you're not an experienced artist or have never done art journaling before.


People often think art journaling is only for experienced artists, and that it's too hard to start. But the truth is that you don't need a lot of experience or natural talent to get started with art journaling - all you need are some basic supplies (like paper, pencils, paints) and an open mind! Art journaling can be a great way to express yourself in your own unique way-it doesn't matter if you're not skilled as long as you're having fun. And while it may seem intimidating at first, once you get into the habit of creating pages every day, your skills will improve quickly.


How art journaling is a great way to express yourself and explore your creativity


Art journaling can be an amazing form of expression, a way to get the thoughts out of your head and onto the page, a way to explore your creativity. It can also be a way to document your life and the things you've seen and experienced, or to simply capture a mood or feeling.


There are no rules when it comes to art journaling - you can use any mediums and techniques you like, and you can draw inspiration from everyday objects, nature, or even your own dreams and fantasies. You can create pages that are neatly drawn and meticulously crafted, or you can go for a more spontaneous and free-flowing approach.


Why art journaling can also be a therapeutic way to deal with emotions, stress or get through a difficult time in your life.


Art journaling can also be a therapeutic way to deal with emotions, stress or difficulties you may be experiencing in your life. It can provide an outlet for your feelings and allow you to explore them in a creative and safe way. It can also be a way to "work through" things that are bothering you, or to find solutions to problems you may be struggling with.


Art journaling can be a great way to deal with difficult emotions. It can provide an outlet for your feelings, and allow you to explore them in a creative and safe way. It can also be a way to "work through" things that are bothering you, or to find solutions to problems you may be struggling with. By expressing yourself through art journaling, you can begin to understand and cope with your emotions in a healthy way.


How you can use art journaling as a way to document your life, or simply to do some mindless drawing and coloring


People often keep journals as a way to document their lives. This can be done in a variety of ways, from writing out your thoughts and feelings on a daily basis, to taking photos or making sketches of the people and places you encounter. But what about art journaling? This is a form of journaling that involves creating art, rather than just writing.


There are no rules when it comes to art journaling - you can use any mediums and techniques you like, and you can draw inspiration from everyday objects, nature, or even your own dreams and fantasies. You can create pages that are neatly drawn and meticulously crafted, or you can go for a more spontaneous and free-flowing approach.


But why bother with art journaling at all? One of the main reasons is that it can be a great way to relax and de-stress. If you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed out, taking some time out for art journaling can be a great way to calm down and clear your head. It can also be a fun way to spend some "me" time, without having to worry about anything else.


Another great thing about art journaling is that it's a great way to improve your artistic skills. If you're new to art, or if you've been struggling with your artwork, art journaling can be a great way to learn and experiment with new techniques. You don't need to be an experienced artist to get started - in fact, art journaling is a great way for beginners to learn.


You can also mindlessly color and doodle in your art journal, without worrying about whether the results are "good" or "bad". This can be a great way to relax and de-stress, and it can also be a lot of fun.


How you can use art journaling to find your inner artist and figure out how you uniquely express creativity


Does the story below describe you? If so, building a habit around a daily, weekly or monthly art journal practice can really help you to succeed in your creative life.


John had always been a creative person, but he never really explored his talents until he started art journaling. He wasn't sure where to start, so he looked online for some art journal prompts.

He found a lot of great ideas, and soon got lost in the creative process. He loved the freedom and flexibility that art journaling allowed him, and he soon began to experiment with different mediums and techniques.


John found that he could express himself in a way that he couldn't with words alone. He also discovered that his creativity flowed more freely when he wasn't worrying about the outcome. He let go of his inner critic and simply enjoyed the process of creating art.


John's art began to reflect his unique perspective on life, and he soon found that his art journal was a great way to communicate his thoughts and feelings. He also began to use it as a way to document his life, and to record the people and places he encountered.


Art journaling allowed John to find his inner artist, and to figure out how he uniquely expressed creativity. It was a fun, therapeutic, and liberating experience that helped him to relax, de-stress, and explore his emotions in a healthy way.


Ways you can incorporate digital art journaling into your daily practice if you don't like the clutter of physical art journaling


1. Use a digital art journal app

2. Draw or paint on your computer or tablet

3. Create digital collages or mixed media pieces in programs like Procreate or Canva

4. Use online art prompts to get inspired to create your art journals

5. Upload your artwork to a private community on social media to share with others who have similar interests as you


Conclusion


When I started making art journal pages, I had no idea what to expect. I wasn't sure where to start, or how to go about it. But I soon found that the process was a lot of fun, and it allowed me to express myself in a way that words alone couldn't.


I experimented with different mediums and techniques, and let go of my inner critic. This allowed me to enjoy the process of creating art, without worrying about whether the results were "good" or "bad".


My art began to reflect my unique perspective on life, and I soon found that my art journal was a great way to communicate my thoughts and feelings. I also began using it as a way to document my life, and to record the people and places I encountered.


Making and art journal allowed me to find my inner artist, and to figure out how I uniquely expressed creativity. It was a fun, therapeutic, and liberating experience that helped me to relax, de-stress, and explore my emotions in a healthy way.


If you're looking for a new way to express yourself, or you need a creative outlet, I highly recommend giving art journaling a try. It's a fun, relaxing, and therapeutic activity that can help you to explore your creativity and deal with your emotions in a healthy way.



"Seasons of Love" inspired by musical Rent. This is an art journal page created on Strathmore Mixed Media page using Sakura Micron Pens with Tombow Dual Pen Brush Markers to fill in with color. I love using faux calligraphy as a technique for hand-lettering song lyrics or quotes. Artist: Sara Sawochka-Dalton
"Seasons of Love" inspired by musical Rent. This is an art journal page created on Strathmore Mixed Media page using Sakura Micron Pens with Tombow Dual Pen Brush Markers to fill in with color. I love using faux calligraphy as a technique for hand-lettering song lyrics or quotes. Artist: Sara Sawochka-Dalton


FAQs


What is the point of art journaling?


The point of art journaling is to explore something that is unique and personal to you. It allows you to be creative without worrying about the outcome, without being pressured into what someone else might find acceptable or perfect.


Sometimes it can act as an outlet for creativity and a way of letting out emotions. Other times it's more therapeutic and stress-relieving since there are no wrong ways of doing art journaling; your inner critic isn't there judging you if things don't turn out perfectly - because they will never turn out perfectly.


Is there an art to journaling?


Yes, there is an art to journaling. Just like with any other form of art, there are techniques and methods that can help you to be more creative and expressive. You don't need to be an experienced artist to get started-here are some ideas for beginners.


How do you start a visual journal?


There is no one right way to start a visual journal-everyone has their own unique approach. However, here are a few tips to get you started.


1. Choose the type of journal that works for you

There are many different types of journals to choose from, so find the one that feels best for you. Some people prefer blank pages, while others like to use prompts. You can also find journals with specific themes, such as nature or travel.



2. Experiment with different mediums and techniques

Don't be afraid to experiment with different mediums and techniques. You can use anything from pencils and paint to collage and mixed media.


3. Let go of your inner critic


One of the best things about art journaling is that there are no rules or expectations. So let go of your inner critic and allow yourself to be creative.


4. Have fun and be creative


Most importantly, have fun and be creative! This is your journal, so make it reflect your unique perspective on life.


How do you make an art journal doodle diary?


This is a difficult question since there are many different ways to make a doodle journal. There are too many variables and differences in understanding the concept of “doodling,” so it is hard to pretend everyone knows how to involve this into a creative design such as making an art journal.


There were two notable doodlers, Paul Klee and Virginia Woolf, whose doodles became an important part of their art. Klee would often incorporate his doodles into his paintings, and Woolf used her doodles as a way to understand and map out her thoughts and emotions.


If you're looking to start your own art journal doodle diary, here are a few tips:

  • Draw geometric shapes

  • Paste pictures to a page and draw over them with a pen

  • Fill a blank page or piece of paper with different colors of paint and make different strips of paint stripes then create a drawing using a pen and drawing over the the paint with a pen on your journal page

How do students make art journals?


Most students create art journals in their downtime, which can be anytime they’re not attending class or doing work for a project. The catch here is that there are no rules to what needs to be done and when-there are advantages and disadvantages of waiting until you have some free time.


A benefit of having downtime is that the student can use it to relax and de-stress from all the work they have been doing. This is especially important if the student feels overwhelmed or burnt out. It can be a form of self-care, and it can help the student to refocus and recharge.

However, there are also disadvantages to waiting until you have free time. One of which is that the journal can become a procrastination tool. If the student is putting off doing their work, they may use the journal as an excuse to avoid it.


Additionally, if the journal is used as a form of procrastination, it can become a source of stress instead of a form of relaxation. The best way to avoid this is to set some ground rules. For example, the student could allow themselves to journal for 10 minutes after they finish their work for the day. Or, they could allow themselves to journal for 30 minutes on Sundays. By setting these limits, the student can make sure that the journal doesn’t become a procrastination tool.


What is art journaling for kids?


Art journaling for kids can help them develop creativity and confidence. It can also be a way for them to express themselves and document their lives. Kids can start art journaling at any age, and there are no rules or limits to what they can create. Kids can use an art journal to recall a favorite child hood memory when they look back at their lives, and this is an important thing for self awareness.


What is the difference between and art journal and a sketchbook?


The main difference between an art journal and a sketchbook is that an art journal is usually more personal and expressive, while a sketchbook is usually more focused on sketches and illustrations. However, there are no hard and fast rules, and both can be used for either purpose.


How do you make an art journal?


There are many different ways to make an art journal. You can buy a blank journal or create your own by repurposing an old book. You can also use a notebook or any other type of paper.


What is the best art journal to use?


There is no best art journal to use-it depends on your personal preferences. Some people prefer to use blank journals, while others like to use repurposed books or notebooks. There are also many different types of paper you can use, so experiment and see what works best for you.


Is an art journal the same thing as a vision journal?


No, an art journal is not the same thing as a vision journal. A vision journal is usually more focused on setting goals and planning for the future, while an art journal is more about creative expression and documenting your life.


If you have any questions about art journaling, please send me an email at sara@saradaltoncoaching.com.

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