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How to create and keep an art journal

by aisling d'art ©2006



an art journal pageArtist's journals are illustrated diaries and journals on any theme.

An art journal can be a record of your daily thoughts, a travel journal, an exercise or diet diary, a dream journal, a place where you jot down your goals or to-do lists, or... well, almost any record that you'd like to keep in a book or notebook.

They become "art journals" when you add any kind of illustration or embellishment to the pages.

These pages share ideas and tips for creating and keeping your own illustrated journal.

How to create an art journal

Art journaling techniques

Materials and supplies for art journaling

Writing tips, prompts, and ideas

Keeping a travel journal

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The art journal at the top of this page is one of my travel journals from my research trips to New Orleans' French Quarter. The page on the left is actually manilla paper--kind of yellowish--that's been splattered with white gesso and embellished with white tulle netting. On the right, I've created a mixed media collage showing one of the 'haunted' houses on Royal Street in the French Quarter. I embellished it with my own new and vintage photos, and trinkets related to the ghost story.