How to Start Art Journaling

Art journaling is such an easy way to have a creative release.  You can start small and even stay small or you can slowly add to what you already have.  Most people already have what they need to get started.  

First I thought we could start with some definitions.  I have a sketch journal but I mostly do a mixed media journal. 


Art Journal
1.  The combination of art and words to express yourself.
2.  A book that holds clippings and ideas that you have.
3.  Vincent vanGogh kept and art journal as well as many other artist. 
Mixed media art
1. A work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media.

2. A piece of art that combines paint, ink, and collage.
3. Play art….find your inner eight year old and paint. –Kelly Rae Roberts
4. No Rules just self expression.


1. Something of no lasting significance —usually used in plural

2. Paper items (as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that were originally meant to be discarded after use but have since become collectibles
3.Things that are important or useful for only a short time : items that were not meant to have lasting value


1. A technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.

2. A collage may sometimes include magazine and newspaper clippings, ribbons, paint, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas.


Journal, old book, notebook of any kind or art paper — for mixed media the thicker the paper the better 140lb or higher.  You can also gesso pages to make them thicker.

Glue stick or gel medium

Paint (any kind except oils) I use acrylic and watercolor

Paint brush

Old credit card type card…I use old hotel room cards. This helps to scrape the gesso on to keep it from getting too thick.  I also use it with paint to give unique scrap marks.

Ephemera (see description above)

Pens, color pencils and markers


Rubber stamps

Watercolorpencils, crayons or pastels

Let’s get started….

1. Pick a journal — there are so many to choose from but I would recommend to find one you love–if you love it, you will come back to it

2. Find a medium you would like to start with ( I started with watercolor pencils)

3. Gather supplies from what you already have 

4. Follow blogs that will inspire you

5. Join free Facebook groups for inspiration — just search art journal groups

6. Take a class

7. Always remember that art journals are low pressure.  You do not have to be an artist.  Do not look at the art as a critic.  Express yourself.  Breathe. See the beauty in each page.  Finish each page.  Do not abandon the page even if you have to step away and return to it later, finish it.  

8.  I started posting daily prompts I follow them loosely because I like to let things flow.  Sometimes I start with a word or a quote and follow that as I create but sometimes I need something more and that is why I have this list.  Every little bit helps. 

Artists I love

Basic videos

Basic supply video

card club catch up

So, I am a little behind so I improvised.  I love shopping for cards and so I bought some, made some, modified some.  It was fun and it feels so good to have a card file full of cards ready to go.

April was baby, Mother’s Day, and female themed.  I ordered a set off of Etsy and bought the other two sets in the dollar bin and Michaels.

Michaels also had these pre-made card bases that you just embellish how ever you want so I grabbed these and they really made the process simple and quick.

 I printed off some word strips that went with May’s theme and attached them to the cards. 

 I also added some washi tape and stickers to complete the look.

July’s theme was kid themed, thinking of you, or blank.  I purchased these in the dollar bin at Michaels.  It was big score for me.  I also grabbed extra cards for gift giving.  I love receiving stationary and office supplies.

I did skip June because I already had so many male themed cards.  I will do better next month…..oops I am vacationing next month so I will do better in September. 

March’s card club

march card club

card making can be done with basic supplies.  i have a lot of supplies after years of scrapbooking and then and dumped scrapbooking and picked up card making and kept the supplies.

all you need is….
8.5 X 11 cardstock
multi color cardstock
paper cutter
stamps or stickers
washi tape and/or ribbon
glue dots, glue and/or tape
pens or markers
stamp and/or stamp pads–optional

i cut the 8.5 X 11 paper in half and fold it over to make the base card.

cut scrap pieces of paper in squares and strips.

i did not have a lot of spring colors of cardstock and so i took white and blotted it on a stamp pad.

 its not perfect but not to bad in a pinch.

this month i did not use a concrete theme.  i like to have a stash of blank cards so that i can use them for all occasions.

i have a card file that i place the finished product in.  it makes it so easy to grab a card and get it in the mail quickly. i buy envelopes at wal-mart or michaels and throw them in the file.

if you do not want to make cards this month there are so many adorable, fun, sweet cards to purchase.  a card file too.

card club explanation:
every month i chose a theme and make cards for my file that match that theme.  sometimes i cheat and just buy cards that match the theme.  i absolutely hate trying to make a card last minute and to be honest most of the time it does not happen and i miss my moment.  sending a card and receiving snail mail is so much fun and i for one do not want it to die off.

card club theme schedule:
january–winter, get well
february–love, valentines
march–spring, hello, blank
april–mother’s day, female themed birthday, baby,
may–wedding, congrats, happy anniversary
june–summer, fathers day, male themed birthday,
july–kid birthday, thinking of you, blank
august–missing you, blank
september–fall themed, teacher
october–congrats, blank
november–thank you, christmas
december–happy new year, blank

kitchen gadgets — popcorn love

i love popcorn.  i used to go to the theatre not to go to the movie but to sneak in and buy a bucket of popcorn.  i was lucky enough to live in a small town that would allow me to do that.  now that i am older and never live in a village/town large enough to have a theatre i am forced to make my own.

for years i have searched for the perfect popper and ended up throwing or giving away poppers that just did not cut it. then my friend introduced me to the stir crazy popper and my love for popcorn has been taken to a new level.

i use coconut oil for everything these days, another tip from another friend (if you are wondering if i have any original thoughts….i wonder that too). anyway i use coconut oil and gourmet white popcorn.  the coconut oil is better for me and the popcorn is delicious. when using gourmet popcorn you use less kernels if that matters to anyone? i just like the way it pops up better than a cheaper brand.

i add the oil and the popcorn and plug the popper in and then just watch the magic happen.  i normally wait for the pops to slow down and then unplug the popper. you just flip it over and you can use the lid as the bowl.  

clean up is easy.  i just take a clean sponge and wipe out the popper.  i wash the bowl in a little soap and water.

i do not add butter to my popcorn not because it tastes better without it but because it is healthier that way.  i do add some popcorn salt. the kernels are perfectly popped with very few solid kernels to get in the way of things.