How many art journals do I have? Hmmmm. I’m not sure. I have several different sizes ranging from 4×6 to 9×12. Some are primarily sketch books that I use for drawing and trying out new designs, some are mixed media journals and some are watercolor journals. In some, I remove the paper from the journal pad and use it separately hoping to eventually bind the bits and pieces together into something cohesive and home-made.
I am in several different art journal groups this year as I experiment with different techniques and materials and determine where my strengths and weaknesses lie. Many of the groups are led by artists who provide videos of their techniques and hope that you apply the techniques in your journal(s). Others provide weekly or monthly themes/prompts along with a challenge to complete a journal page within a specified time period. I have found that I’m in too many groups right now so I am nowhere close to keeping up with the given prompts/challenges. But I keep coming back to them and trying them out. That’s the best I can do and is, in fact, the right thing for me. Moving forward, one step at a time. By this time next year I may veer away from the structure but, for now, it helps.
In the last week I have completed four art journal pages for two different groups.
Dawn Sokol’s Art Journaling class (on creativebug.com), week 1, Free-form doodling. 5×8 moleskine watercolor paper, Sakura gel souffle pens, black Sharpies, Pitt big brush artist pens, Uniball Signo Broad white pen.