Calling all artsy journalers! I have some stunning art journal ideas to help you unleash your creativity beyond what you thought possible.
If you love journaling but want a more innovative way to express yourself, an art journal may be just the thing you’re looking for.
You can think of it as a visual diary, but really, it’s a blank canvas for ANYTHING you want it to be.
What Is an Art Journal?
An art journal can mean different things to different people.
Basically, it’s a visual journal that you can use to express yourself beyond just words. It typically includes journaling that is written, visual, or both.
Meaning- you can add drawings, paintings, collages, and even audio to your art journal.
Don’t worry. Your doodles don’t have to be Rembrandt-quality. It’s for you, and your eyes only, to exercise your creative side without judgment.
When used regularly, art journaling can be a remarkable tool for self-discovery and even clarity.
One quick note, a lot of people confuse an art journal with a sketchbook.
An art journal is not a sketchbook. While you may sketch in it, art journaling is so much more than sketching.
Picture a book where every page is slightly (or excessively) different. It’s filled with mixed media from watercolors to charcoal. Instead of sketches of animals or flowers, you see expressions of your experiences.
That’s what an art journal is 🙂
What You Need to Start Your Own Art Journal
You really don’t need a lot of supplies to begin an art journal. In fact, you can start with nothing more than the basics – some paper and some sort of writing device.
You can choose a bound journal with a nice cover, or you can just staple a stack of paper together and call it good.
That’s one of the beautiful things about artsy journaling. It can start out as one thing and evolve into something totally different. There’s no “norm” to stick to or rules to follow.
I do recommend choosing an art journal that you can add paper (and other mixed media) to.
Writing and drawing can be done with a pencil, pen, water colors, paint, you name it.
As you gain confidence in art journaling, you might even want to expand into other materials like pastels, cloth, even charcoal. It’s totally up to you!
Art Journal Supplies List
If you’re like me and want to have everything you might possibly need on hand (because who wants to run to the store when a burst of creativity strikes?!), here’s a supply list:
- Art journal of choice (of course)
- Colored pencils
- Acrylic paint
- Ink pads
- Colored tissue paper
- Scrapbook paper
- Construction paper
- Antique books (that you don’t mind tearing pages out of)
- Your imagination!
Need a few artsy journal ideas to get you started?
31+ Gorgeous (& Creative!) Art Journal Ideas for Beginners
If you landed here wondering….what should I put in my art journal?
I hope these creative art journal ideas leave you inspired and ready to make your art journal your own!