Hey beauties. First tip from me! Yay!
Journaling is one of the best ways to let out your creative energy and relax. It doesn’t matter if you write, draw, or both. Every entry will come together in a beautiful, artistic journal.
- Of course, you’ll need a journal. The most popular is a Moleskine, used by Oscar Wilde, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Henri Matisse. They come in tons if different sizes and varieties; some are graph, lined, or blank. I used a moleskine for a while and I now just use a plain spiral sketchbook because I’m a poor college student and it was on sale, but I love my moleskine dearly. One other creative way to journal is to use an old book. Write, paste, and draw over the pages.
- Second, you’ll need art supplies. This can vary on what your skills are, so I listed supplies for each individual type listen below.
- You may need: A pen (black Pilot V5’s are my favorite), a pencil (avoid mechanical pencil, they press the page too hard), water colors, acrylic paints, colored pencils (Prismacolors are THE best, but ordinary ones work fine), markers (Prismacolors are best for these too, even if they are expensive). Additional/different supplies are needed for other types.
▲ INSPIRATION: I’ll make a set with prompts later, but your inspiration should really come directly from your life. If it was a bad day or week, your page probably shouldn’t be filled with glitter and bright colors. Remember the goal isn’t to make it pretty. The goal is to make it yours.
If you need more examples of any of the following types, search tumblr or flicker for “moleskine,” “journal,” or “sketchbook.”
▲ TYPE 1: DRAWING AND WRITING
If you like to draw and don’t mind writing a bit, try out this method. You could draw or paint a scene, doodles, a self-portrait, what you see in front of you, or something that symbolizes how your life is going. Then you could write a bit on the opposing page or incorporate some phrases into the drawing itself (like the example in this set).
▲ TYPE 2: DRAWING
If you’re not so good with words, drawing might be your thing! The more you draw, the better you get. It’s not a bad idea to start off through observation – a leaf, your desk, your hand. With practice you’ll settle into your style and be more comfortable with it. . You could draw or paint a scene, doodles, a self-portrait, what you see in front of you, or something that symbolizes how your life is going.
▲ TYPE 3: COLLAGING
Supplies you may need: Scissors, glue or rubber cement (I prefer rubber cement), and magazines. The best magazine for collage pieces include W, Architectural Digest, Wired, Vogue, and any home magazine.
If you’re good with graphic design and like working with your hands, try this out. This is my personal favorite method (the example in the set is from my moleskine). The first step is to go through a magazine and rip out a bunch of textures. The key here is to go for textures, not things! For example, in a home magazine, maybe rip out the fabric of a couch instead of cutting out the vase with flowers in it.
Then, gather pieces that work well together based on color. Then, begin to assemble them. They don’t have to form a coherent picture. My example in the set is a symbolization of the mountains being my home, but I have others that are just strips of paper. It’s all up to how you’re feeling that day. You can use a marker or pen to write or draw over the collage. This creates a lot of interest in the page.
Collaging, like drawing, becomes much easier as you find your own unique style and become comfortable with it. This takes a lot of time, but it’s so worth it!
▲ TYPE 4: WRITING/WORDS
If you have a bit of trouble with drawing, try out this method. Instead of writing out a paragraph describing your life, just choose a phrase or sentence, and present it in a visual way. This could be cutting out the letters from a magazine or newsprint (taking them right from a headline or just using the scissors to make the letters like in the example), making your handwriting artistic, or using stickers.
▲ THINGS TO REMEMBER:
- Date your pages so you can look back on them and remember what your life was like at that time.
- Don’t be afraid to mix types; having a journal with writing, drawing, and mixtures of both is what makes it so special and unique to who you are.
- NEVER be afraid to make mistakes and try to avoid ripping out pages because they don’t look perfect to you. Don’t compare your work to anyone else’s journal, because it’s YOUR journal, not works of art. I have an entire page of scribbled out doodles in mine, but I just embrace it because that’s the kind of day I had that day.
▲ If you have more questions, ask me!