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How to start art journaling > Lesson 3

The breakfast of art journaling (How to make your first art journal page)

You may have already created art journal pages, and if you have, GO YOU – you artist you.

When we say first, we mean that this technique can be used if it’s the first time you’ve ever even opened an art journal, if it’s the first time sitting down to create after a major art drought, or if it’s your first page that day and you need a warm up.

It’s the first thing you can create in a day, but it isn’t resigned to the start. This is the breakfast of art journal prompts, and oh boy are we part of the breakfast club.

This is from our trip to Budapest. See how much we prefer eggs to caring what we look like on camera?

Anyways. We’re getting distracted. Here is your surefire way to create an art journal page without too much thinking.

We want you to follow a recipe. Think of it like baking… we give you the steps feel free to be as liberal or as precise with this recipe as you feel like

Recipe

  • Smear some paint down on the page in one of your favourite colours
  • Use a piece of paper from your day and add it to the page
  • Write down words that you heard recently that have stuck with you
  • Create a blind contour sketch

Caylee’s thoughts

Here is my interpretation of the recipe…

Lauren’s thoughts

I used acrylic paint, an old credit card, a sticker from a gift, the packaging from stationary and a pen to draw the plant on my desk. It doesn’t get any simpler than that right?! I used all simple things I had on hand and did nothing fancy – but my creativity was revved up and ready to go.

Action Steps

Follow the recipe. Eggs are optional.

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Smear some paint down on the page in one of your favourite colours

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Use a piece of paper from your day and add it to the page

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Write down words that you heard recently that have stuck with you

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Create a blind contour sketch

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