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Painting in a Journal

I have cardstock of various colors. Each was cut in various sizes and taped onto a board. Then I painted using colors that compliment the paper. After it dried I took acrylic markers and drew in details.

Later, they will be glued into the art journal.

Finished Paintings

I plan to paint more in my art journal for 2023.

Etsy Shop

My Etsy shop is open and has some amazing pen and ink drawings and acrylic paintings that are sold in prints. Check it out https://4PawsArtStudio.etsy.com

Happy New Year

Caroline

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Bold, Bright, Beautiful

Lately I have been painting in my art journal. I use acrylic paint. The intention of painting in a journal is to practice mindfulness and relaxation.

Paintings

It’s the end of the year and I realized I just haven’t been writing in this blog much. I hope to publish more and make more art next year.

Caroline

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Doodling on Construction Paper Page

Supplies

  • Ink pen
  • Journal page with construction paper

This journal entry will be a doodle that is drawn on the construction paper that was glued on to the page.

Start by drawing simple shapes, circle, curved and lines.

Add the shape next to the shapes already drawn. Continue drawing until the entire page is filled.

This is the finished page.

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Making a Journal Cover Pretty

Supplies

  • Construction paper
  • Decorative paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Glue
  • Washi tape
  • Lettering
  • Magazine letters cut out

Measure the size for the front cover. It will be a little bit smaller than the pages due to the spiral rings.

Cut decorative paper or construction paper to the measurements of the front cover.

Glue to the front cover. Add washi tape on the edges.

Inside Pages

Use the same measurements as the front cover and cut decorative paper or construction paper to paste on the odd side of the journal entry.

I used construction paper. The next post I will show you what to do with construction paper to add to the journal.

The journal will start expanding due to adding in more paper.

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Glueing Shaving Cream in your Journal

Supplies

  • Scissors
  • Shaving cream painting sheets
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Measure the page and cut the shaving cream painting sheets to the measurement size.

Pick the area of the painting that is interesting to you.

Glue the painting to the page.

Glue all of the shaving cream paintings there will be many pages of these works in your journal.

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Shaving Cream-Pollock style

This is done on a separate paper due to the type of technique. It will be added to the journal. This is a two-part post.

Supplies

  • 12″x14″ mixed media paper
  • Shaving cream
  • Acrylic liquid paint
  • Scraper/straight edge
  • Paper towels
  • Rags
  • Tray

Start with spreading the shaving cream onto a pan.

Then add paint onto the shaving cream. Be creative with your pouring. Add as many colors as you want.

Then place the 11″x14″ paper on top of the shaving cream and gently press and rub the paper.

Lift the paper slowly.

Set aside and add more colors and continue to make prints.

Use the straight edge and gently remove the shaving cream from the paper.

After the shaving cream is removed below is the result.

More Prints

Next post I will show how to include this in your art journal.

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Painting with soft pastels

Supplies

  • Water
  • Brushes
  • Towels
  • Journal
  • Soft pastels

There’s a few ways to paint with soft pastels.

First use the soft pastel in a dry form. Rub a color onto the paper.

Then add water and use a paint brush to spread the color across the paper.

You can use a second color and blend the colors together along with diluting it with water.

Let’s keep making creative art journaling…

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Watercolor and Pen

This is an abstract art piece for your journal.

Supplies

  • Watercolor
  • Brushes
  • Water container
  • Paper towels
  • Pens-assorted colors

Start by painting shapes onto the paper. The shapes can overlap and the paint can bleed into another color. Fill the paper with as many shapes as you want.

Let dry. Use a blow dryer to speed up the drying time.

Then use the pens to outline the shapes and doodle in and around the shapes. Let your creativity flow.

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Crayons and Watercolor Painting

Supplies

  • paper/journal
  • gesso
  • brush for gesso
  • watercolor paint
  • crayons-various colors
  • pens-black and blue or various colors
  • canister for water
  • brushes
  • towels

Start by picking the size of paper or the journal you want to show your creativity.

My Choice in a Journal

Then gesso the paper. (Gesso is a primer to prevent the paint from soaking into the canvas or other materials such as paper). Let dry. A blow drier can be used to speed up the drying process.

Then use the crayons and mark on the paper lines going in all directions.

Then use the watercolor paints and start painting over the lines. Add splashes of colors onto the paper until you get the desired colors you want.

Let dry, again you can use the blow drier to speed up the drying time.

Once dry, take the pens and add details to it. You might want to highlight certain areas with doodle-like drawings, or outlines shapes. So much possibility is in this process.

This technique can be used for a background, a part of a larger painting, a book cover, bookmarks, or stationary.

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Benefits of an Art Journal

What does Art Journaling Do?

Art Journaling helps to reduce stress.  It is a tool to help with self-growth.  It allows for your brain to relax and release the mental thoughts that are causing anxiety.  An art journal exercise is a relaxing activity that involves color, pattern, texture and self-expression.  Using an art journal can increase your artistic expression and freedom. 

Art journaling can help to focus and manifest goals.  The entire art journal can include inspirations, quotes, pictures, travel, a dream home, or a dream job etc. 

Topics and Themes for Art Journals

  • Nature/seasons
  • 4 elements-earth, fire, wind, water
  • Vintage
  • Victorian era
  • Planets/sky
  • Flowers
  • Doodles
  • Zig-zag line drawing
  • Animals/insects
  • City-scapes
  • Ocean/water
  • Relationships: family, friends
  • Travel destinations
  • Health and Fitness
  • Goals and dreams
  • Inspiring people
  • Religion/Spiritual
  • Poems/short stories
  • Inspirational quotes/scripture
  • Creative techniques
  • Fictional character/cartoon/superhero

Part One of the Creative Journal

The Journal I am introducing for the first section of creating a journal is a technique journal. You will learn different techniques to use in a journal that will give you expressive and interesting effects that can add creativity and detail to your journal page.

Let’s start journaling….