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How To Painlessly Start An Art Journal

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Has somebody ever told you to start a journal & you looked at them crazy because you hate to write?

I’m raising my hand. When I first started to grief journal I hated it. Writing just isn’t my thing (I know I’m a blogger). I did get adjusted to using a grief journal & it helped me in ways I never knew. But I didn’t write in it constantly. Then I uncovered art journals & began to research them & started my own.

Woozers, they’re amazing. I’ve always thought of journals as just write write write. Turns out, that was just another myth that I needed to break.

Art journals are an awesome creative way to cope. Instead of the traditional writing you can use art journals to express yourself through,

  • Drawing
  • Coloring
  • Painting
  • Collages
  • & still writing if you choose

And because it’s a private journal you don’t have to worry about your art being judged or making mistakes. You can just draw or even doodle until you feel a release in my emotions.

Benefits Of Using A Art Journal

Notebooks, diaries, secret keepers. Journals are known by many things. But they all serve the same general purpose. To provide a private place for you to express your feelings & thoughts.

Although, it goes much deeper than that.

Think of it as a mental spa. After a tough day, you get home & pull out your art journal. Once you start to draw your mind drifts off into another zone. By the time you’re done you’ve released your stress.

Then there are those times when it’s just hard to express what you’re feeling or thinking onto paper. But with an art journal you can allow your own form self expression out & allow your thoughts & inner true self out onto the journal.

Art journals also allow you to:

  • De-stress
  • Unlock emotions
  • Have a better understanding of yourself
  • Gain insight into your life
  • Make time for yourself
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Improve your mood

Art journals are the perfect way to begin a self care regime as well. Set aside 15-20 minutes a day to work in your journal.

How to effortlessly start an art journal.

How To Get Started With An Art Journal

Getting started with your art journal is very simple. In fact it can be done in 3 steps.

Step 1: Select Your Art Journal

When selecting your art journal you need to account for the type of art you’ll be doing.

If you only plan to sketch the entire time then you can get away with a sketch book.

However, if you want a variety of activity such as sketching to watercolor to collage entries then you want a mixed media journal

Which basically means that the paper within the journal can handle what you’re putting on it.

You also need to account for size. If you’ve always done things in small print or you want to be able to transport it easily, then a smaller journal is for you.

On the other side, if you want to create large images & have room to maneuver your images then a large journal would work better.

Step 2: Gather Your Art Supplies

Now that you have your journal, you will need to gather some art supplies. You can start with just a few essentials such as,

Or, you can create an entire toolkit for your journal. The preference is up to you.

If you’re just getting started with your art journal journey then I suggest starting simple & seeing what works for you.

Related: The Best Art Therapy Supplies

Step 3: Begin

Art journals don’t have specific guidelines that you have to follow in order to create them.

Simply set aside at least 15 minutes a day for it.

It doesn’t have to be in a quiet room at a desk. You can sit outside in the grass or blast your music & jam while you do it.

Open your mind & just begin. If you need inspiration on where to start your journal entry, try these art journal prompt ideas.

Remember this is all a way for you to cope with life’s challenges. It’s yours & yours alone. Don’t feel pressured to make it “Pinterest perfect” or show the world.

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Everything you need to know about starting an art journal.