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Art Journaling in Three Phases

sunflower kaleidoscope on heavy cardboard

sunflower kaleidoscope on heavy cardboard

If art journaling has no rules, what the heck is it? How can you do something when you don't know what it is? When I started art journaling, I spent a lot of time looking at art journal pages on Flickr and noticed three things going on. This is a generic description but it was a way to get my logical mind wrapped around it.

I'll paint/make backgrounds (i.e. paint, gesso, neocolors, maps, collected papers) ~or~ I'll attach stuff to the page (cut/stitch/glue stuff onto the pages) ~or~ I'll write something (getting words on the page).

PHASE No. 1: Background - Something abstract, perhaps. Maybe paint or a whitewashed page from an old book or map - the backdrop to whatever else you will put on your page.

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art journal backgrounds

art journal backgrounds

PHASE No. 2: Ephemera - anything you add to the background - i.e. collage, magazine images, receipts, abstract art, stitching.

ephemera, journal fodder, the stuff on the page

ephemera, journal fodder, the stuff on the page

PHASE No. 3: Journaling - any words you add intentionally to the page.

ways to put words on art journal pages

ways to put words on art journal pages