I've been gathering quite a few tips and tricks since beginning my art journaling journey five years ago. Below are a few that I've learned along the way.
- The type of paper in your journal matters, and it is worth spending a little more to get thick, sturdy paper that will hold up to the most passionately smeared paint, glue, collage, and withstand the thickest layering.
- Some of the most wonderful collage papers can be found in the most ordinary places! Collect tea tags, fliers, free magazines, newspaper, candy wrappers, receipts, tickets, found notes, business cards, and tags from clothing - these all can be used as background materials as well as to add detail to a finished page. Another plus: every single one of these materials is free.
- Creating a page you don't like is perfectly okay: paint over it! The texture underneath will be beautiful and add interest to your spread.
- There are many, many ways to write on a page without revealing what it says. Try these things to include your words on a page: write on a page, then paint and collage over it; seal a page or two in a pocket; tear up what you've written and glue it onto a page before painting over it; write horizontally, then vertically, then diagonally; type up your written thoughts, print them, then do an image transfer; write in watercolor pencil, water soluble crayon, or magic marker, and add water to smudge the letters.
- Don't be afraid to try something new in your journal! Melt some candle wax, play with crayons, add masking tape, splatter ink, repeat a single shape over and over, use only one color, use all the colors, paint a story, answer a question, make a maze, sew or embroider, glue in a 3D object, or adding food color! Playing and experimenting will help you grow and stretch as an artist.
Wooo! What are your five secrets?