Art Journaling | Make an Art Journal from scratch

Have you ever wanted to know how to make an Art Journal from scratch. You love art and art journaling and have countless art works on scrap pages, hoards of 'precious' papers that you are planning on using 'one day'.

Well, this video series will walk you through the process of making your own personal art journal. An art journal using all those pages that you have stashed away for a rainy day.

This is part 1 of the series that will give you some great ideas of what papers you can pull together to make your art journal.

Gather Your Papers

So where do you start? Well, you dig into that pile of paper that you have on your desk and pull out,

  • Not so perfect art pages that you don't really like but can't get rid of,

  • Tea dyed copy paper

  • Craft paper

  • Odd scrapbook papers

  • Odd sized leftover paper from previous collage projects

  • Old book pages

  • Envelopes

  • Magazine pages

  • Absolutely anything made of paper…

Don't Be Precious

I know everyone has a folder of precious pages. Whether they be magazine pages, scrapbook papers, vintage ephemera, or book pages that you are saving for that one-day one-of-a-kind project.

I also know that most of those projects never really materialize. So why not pull out those precious pages and put them together into an art journal that is an instant inspiration every time you open it.

Using Painted Pages

We all have those days when we open our art Journal or sketchbook and look at that blank page and the anxiety sets in. "What am I going to do", "I have this idea, but where do I start", "what if I mess up", only to end up with you closing your journal and not creating anything.

Using already started pages, pages with images on them, pages that are not blank make it so much easier to just start. It definitely eases the stress of what to do on the page. And if you just want to throw some paint on a page and don't have much time, then one's that already have a base layer of juicy colors are great.

So go and raid that stash of precious papers. Look at that pile of scraps on your desk and get ready to pull them together into signatures.

In Part 2 we look at taking that pile of paper and turning them into unique collections of pages called signatures. We will also chat about the various tools you will need to eventually bind your signatures together into your personal art journal.

I hope that this video series will inspire you to start creating your own unique art journals from your stash of papers….and even give you the push to start creating in them.