Welcome to Day 9 of the series, FIND your FIT! (To return to the beginning, click here.)
Did you ever cut out magazine clippings and paste them to construction paper to tell a story when you were in kindergarten? If you did, you already know how to art journal, and you can use that same technique in your memory keeping.
What is it?
Art journaling is a book that combines words and images to tell a story, express a thought, or process a difficult emotion or situation. It can document daily happenings, travel memories, a favorite quote, or anything you want to create. Art journaling is a form of free-expression, so there are no rules. You can use a combination of mixed-media, such as paint, photos, magazine images, stamping, stencils, collages, doodles, pens, and inks to create a page in a journal. These techniques can also be replicated digitally.
Why it may be a good fit for you:
- Art journaling is an artistic approach to memory keeping, but you don’t have to be an artist to do it.
- You can incorporate art journaling techniques on both paper or digital scrapbook layouts.
- It can be as messy or as ‘ugly’ as you want it to be. Just play!
- It doesn’t require special skills. Cutting, pasting, and painting are things we all did as kids.
- Art journaling is a great way to use extra supplies and scraps you have on-hand.
Resources for Art Journaling:
kristalnorton.com (A great video explanation of art journaling)
artjournalist.com (For a great list of supplies)
balzerdesigns.com (Lots of inspiration and information about the Art Journal Every Day project)
thedailydigi.com (An awesome list of digital art journaling resources)
tracireed.com (Tips for incorporating art journaling into your scrapbook layouts)
- Do you have an art journal? Is it something you could add to your current memory keeping style? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.
- Interested in art journaling, but don’t feel you have the talent to be an artist? Check out this upcoming webinar!