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Reasons to Keep an Art Journal

As I'm sure you know (if you're a regular reader), I love getting our my art journal and spending some time trying out new techniques and jotting down some thoughts. It's definitely something I love doing.

It may not be for everyone, but if you're thinking about starting an art journal, here are a few reasons why I like to art journal and why you might enjoy it:

First, what is an art journal exactly?
Well, I think it is whatever you make it. It's up to the artist who is making it. However, basically it's a journal where you combine words, thoughts, quotes etc with art. That can be painting, doodling, cut up magazine pages, whatever your style is.

For me, It's a place to turn my feelings into art. To explore different mediums or techniques without fear of "failing" (because it's hidden away in a journal), and a place to document quotes that really speak to me.

Why should you keep one?
Whether you consider yourself an artist or not, an art journal can be a fun way to document your life.
  • It keeps you creative. If you make it a goal to play in your art journal every day, once a week, or even just once a month, you're making a creative habit. It will make you think of new ways to document your life or turning your feelings into art.
  • It documents your life. I'm not great at keeping a regular written journal. I feel a bit awkward, like, "who am I writing to?".  But when I combine my words with a bit of paint that awkwardness goes away and I'm able to document my day, my feelings, etc.
  • It's fun to look back through old journals. I personally love looking back through my art journals. Sometimes I read what I wrote that day, or find a quote I loved but had forgotten. Other times I just find an art technique I haven't used in a while.
  • It's calming. At least, for me it is. There's something about drawing a face on a page and writing down my feelings that helps control my anxiety a little bit. It helps me to write down my dreams, or fears.
  • It's fun! Who doesn't love getting a little messy with paint or gesso? As a kid, I loved cutting out things from magazines. So, embrace your inner child and get creative!

Should you share your pages online? If you want. It's certainly not a rule (there are no rules!).  I do share most of mine, because I like to, but I don't always share. If it's a page where I wrote down something I don't want to share, I just don't post a picture.

Another way to hide something you don't want to share is to use a photo editing software and to blur out your journaling. Then you can share the design/art part of the page if you want, but keep any personal stuff hidden.

How do you get started art journaling? One of my art journal inspirations is Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and she has a wonderful blog post here, about how to get started art journaling. 

Just use what you have if you don't want to buy a bunch of new supplies. Cut up magazines and adhere them to your pages, color with markers and crayons. However, if you want to buy more supplies, I will be sharing my favorite supplies soon, so check back!

Do you keep an art journal?
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  1. This is great. Always love your use of color!!

  2. This is lovely, I will definitely be starting one.

  3. Beautiful work ... such a special thing to do .... do you use a particular book to journal in? just a practical question...I would really love to start one ... thanks for posting!


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I'm Katie, the artist behind the blog Punk Projects. I love everything crafty, I drink tea all day long, I'm a bit of a nerd, and I usually have ink or paint on my hands.

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