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9 ways to add text to your art journal

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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.


  • 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 9 techniques you’ll see in the video are:

  • Using text as a pattern element
  • Stitching on paper
  • Using phrase stickers and alpha stickers
  • Repeat stamping to create backgrounds
  • White out poetry
  • Muting printed text to use as a background
  • Bold hand-cut collage text
  • Using the transfer method to create text pieces for layering
  • 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!

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