Well, yes, I’ve finally started art journaling… First on my journaling bible (see that post here) and now on a proper art journal… I’d say the process starts even before having the actual journal… Remember that there are many kinds of art journals out there and each of them was made for a different purpose. I’d say you should go for the one that you can afford, a journal that holds the media you plan to use well and of course something you feel comfortable with (meaning size, paper color, paper texture, etc.) I, for instance, enjoy a hard cover, small journal (reminds me of old books). In this case I went for a Strathmore 500 Series Softcover Mixed Media Art Journal, 5.5″x 8″. I chose a mixed media kind because I know I’ll be using it for everything…
I recommend that before starting a journal you try to watch a few videos here and there to see what you like the most, that way you can start gathering supplies and ideas to help you express yourself freely on your new journal. I was ready. I have been flirting with the idea of art journaling for what seems to be too long and I have gathered more than enough supplies to start. It’s been a slow process but a steady one and now I know exactly what I want to draw and write and decoupage, etc. on my pages.
This is my first page. It’s not really a page, it’s actually the inner cover of my journal. One thing I suggest if you plan to do this too is to prep the page with matte clear gesso… I didn’t do that and the page suffered in consequence… But I love it anyways and that’s an important reminder… When you pour your heart into a page, you will always find something to love in it, so be encouraged, you can do this!
The day I started my journal I was feeling a bit tired and I needed to just sit on the couch and relax. So I decided to grab my journal and a pencil to sketch some detailed flowers on my journal. Being relaxed and knowing always that this book is only mine gave me the freedom to play until what I was sketching became something else.
When I was done with these flowers, somehow I could almost see a girl with flowers on her head floating on my page. The process came about so naturally that all I can really tell you is to be yourself, draw and do what you love and you will be filling your pages in no time.
Adding a Shimmery Finish with PanPastel
If you follow me you know that I’ve been into drawing faces this year and I’ve been strongly influenced by my teacher -as I call her- Jane Davenport. I used her new Aquapastels (watercolor crayons) to color my girl and I just love that raw and bold touch they gave her. But I wanted to add some shimmer to the image and I had just the perfect medium for that: White Fine 011 Pearl Medium PanPastel. This PanPastel color is translucent and very, very shimmery… I used my fingers to directly apply and distribute some White Pearl on the pink part of my girl’s hair. I love Pearl PanPastels so much I also ended adding some 953.5 Pearlescent Red to her cheeks too!
Thanks so much for taking a minute to read this post. If you’re new to art journaling I hope everything I shared helps you in one way or another. Make sure to subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss any of my future art journaling posts! I’m sharing them every Friday when I can. So stay tuned! Until next time.