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52 Ideas for Starting a New Art Journal

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The main thing that stopped me from keeping a journal in the past was fear of the blank page. Specifically, fear of the very first blank page.

My initial way of dealing that fear was to simply keep the first page blank, turn the page, and make the art. It’s not a bad plan, and it

There is another way, though – introduce yourself to your journal in the easiest way possible. Slap a casual photo of yourself, and write a bullet point list of where you are right now. You can include stats like your age, the season you’re going through (literally and figuratively), any bits that you find important to include.

Here are 52 ideas for starting a new art journal:

These all come from my own collection of 300+ journals. 

How will you be introducing yourself to your next journal?

Caylee Grey

Caylee Grey is a South African artist who fills her journals with loads of mediocre art. Imperfect, heart-led, gloriously mediocre art. Caylee’s the Fairy Artmother of Get Messy Art, the kindest art journaling community on the internet, and author of the book by the same name.