Art journaling is all about playing around with color and image and words. A page might tell a story, might document something, might include words, might include a photograph. It doesn't matter. It's free form. I found an issue of Simple Scrapbooks the other day while "cleaning" (I use the term loosely).... and paged through it, curious to see what art journalists can learn from scrapbookers. It's a long list.
1. FIND A MUSE: Scrapbook products imitate art you can create yourself! Just as you find inspiration in color, fabric, nature, art, books, etc. you spark creativity by perusing cardstock, overlays, stamps, stencils & rub-offs.
2. HIGHLIGHT: Use markers, sparkly pens, doodles, paper, paint or embellishments to frame, focus and highlight images, photos and journaling blocks.
3. ORGANIZE: So that you can actually do more art in the time you find for art, get your act together. Organize your stuff in containers you find interesting - card catalog files, an antique file cabinet, unused paint cans. You can group by type (i.e. stuff for collage, stuff for stamping), by purpose (i.e. adhesives), by color (i.e. all yellow paper, paint, embellishments together), frequency of use (scissors, mod podge, pitt pen together), or activity (i.e. my collage basket has images, ephemera, catalogs, scissors, mod podge & neocolors).
4. LAYER: Variety, patterns, quotes, buttons, stamps, thread, lovely layers.
5. REALLY JOURNAL: Scrapbookers are ingenious journalists, documenting the important ideas, events and thoughts in their lives. Heartfelt and handwritten to typed lists, written directly on the page or in a highlighted journaling block. Feelings, events, who's who, relationships, personalities, your everyday life, your lists.
6. DOCUMENT: Date your photos, your journaling or the entire page.
7. ADHERE ANYTHING: Mod Podge is my go-to adhesive, but you can find archivally safe shaped super-glue-like tape to thin as a whisp tape dots to raised foamy tape.
8. TAKE PHOTOGRAPHY SERIOUSLY: Focus a page around a photograph. Let the photo tell the story. Organize your photographs so you can find what you want. Crop and edit to say what you want to say.
To many, there is a fine line between scrapbooking and art journaling. To many, it is the look of the page that differentiates the two art forms. I'm curious to hear your thoughts ~ to me, scrapbooking is more about the PRODUCT, working toward the end result, and DOCUMENTING our lives. Art journaling is more about the PROCESS or journey, at its core playing around with color, image and words, less driven toward the final result.