9 ways to add text to your art journal

by | Free Art Lessons

Hi Messians, it’s Essie! I’m here today with a whole lot of ideas you can use to add text to your art journals.

For many of us, images come most easily when we’re art journaling, and for others working with text feels more natural. Being a wordy, languagey, writer-type, I am definitely one of the latter. That being the case, I want to show you some of the different techniques I have for adding text to my art journal pages.

To do this I’ve made a mini art journal, and I’m going to take you through how I filled it in the video below. I’ll give you a list of the products I used, but you should not feel that you need to have all of these in order to make a journal like mine. Just take what you’ve got in your stash, and use it to play, experiment and improvise.

I used:

  • Stamping ink
  • Stamps
  • Acrylic paint
  • Old book pages and image plates
  • Pencil
  • Embroidery floss
  • White gesso
  • Heidi Swapp Color Shine
  • Alpha stickers
  • Phrase stickers
  • Tracing paper
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Coloured tissue paper
  • Old envelope
  • Stapler
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Waterproof pigment liner
  • Needle
  • Piercing tool and mat
  • Glue pen
  • Double sided tape

The techniques you’ll see in the video are:

  1. Using text as a pattern element
  2. Stitching on paper
  3. Using phrase stickers and alpha stickers
  4. Repeat stamping to create backgrounds
  5. White out poetry
  6. Muting printed text to use as a background
  7. Bold hand-cut collage text
  8. Using the transfer method to create text pieces for layering
  9. Making space hidden journaling

Let me challenge you to give one of these techniques a try in whatever art journal you’re working on right now. Share the result on Instagram so your fellow Messians can admire your work!


Essie is a wordstress, craftwright and bibliovore from Melbourne, Australia. She loves reading, writing, and shiny things. You can generally find her in her studio with a coffee in her hand, a top knot in her hair, and glitter all over her face.

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