The list of creative art journal ideas
Make a poetry.
Create a themed art diary.
Make an art journal as a gift
Use uplifting statements.
Create a page of gratitude
Create doors and windows
Create a brief vision board.
Form your pages.
Create a unique collage.
Contrast the pages.
Create pages with symmetry
Make a collage city
Document your favorites
Make a flip page
A story art journal
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1. Use photos
I had been scrapbooking for a while before I actually started art journaling. Basically, scrapbooking is the use of images, bits of paper, and embellishments to document your memories. That’s why I adore putting images in my art journals, too.
These photos can be of yourself, reflecting a certain mood, or images of the people you love and care about.
Additionally, you don’t have to use your own photos; you can discover random images online to utilize on the pages of your art journal.
Photos can also serve as a source of inspiration.
For instance, the color scheme for the page might be influenced by the image you’re using.
Another suggestion is to snap a picture and write in your journal about the moment it was taken and the significance of the picture to you.
You can stack images on pieces of paper, frame them, draw outlines around them, or even paint over them to change the composition of the page.
Just keep in mind that some glue and art tools can deteriorate the photo with time, so if you want it to remain in your journal for a while, pick materials that won’t damage the image.
Making a pocket for the pictures or flipping the page over and hiding them underneath is a terrific method to keep them safe.
The only restriction is your imagination.
2. Write a poem
To try creating a poem, you don’t need to be a poet. You can write anything you want in an art notebook because it is exclusively for you.
A few days ago, I attended a summit on creativity where one of the speakers was the incredible artist Tracy Verdugo. She provided a demonstration of how to create your own poems using photographs. I owe her for this concept.
You only need a few random photos that you cut out of magazines, old books, newspapers, posters, etc. for Tracy’s fantastic art journal concept. It’s best not to stare at them if you obtain a whole image. Just randomly tear them. Try composing a statement for each of those images after you have five or six of them. Create a poem afterwards by combining them.
How incredible is that?
Tracy, many thanks.
You can also utilize arbitrary terms that you find in books or periodicals. You snip out words or phrases and assemble them into a meaningful poetry. You will enjoy doing this because it is so unusual.
3. Create pockets
Making adorable little pockets was the one thing I did repeatedly when scrapbooking.
These pockets served as my hiding place for notes, descriptions of photos, etc.
If you wish to bury your words in a particular spot, you can insert your journaling cards within.
Pockets are also great for storing tiny decorations like stickers or scraps of paper.
4. Make a themed art journal
I adore the concept of a themed art journal because it allows me to concentrate on one thing and gives me a clear direction to follow when I start to create.
For instance, when I open my appreciation art journal, I know exactly what I want to do and write. I become more focused, which makes me less concerned about inspiration or having ideas.
When you want to create something, having an art journal like this relieves a lot of the pressure.
5. Make an art journal as a gift
This is such a wonderful idea, and you get to cheer up someone. So, it’s a win-win.
Why not create something lovely for your artistic and creative friend? Even better, they can keep working in that diary. In this approach, you can both express your creativity and encourage your friend to do the same.
This can be accomplished by creating a homemade art journal or recycling a notebook. Create some backgrounds or perhaps a few hidden messages for your friend so that when they open that page, they will be surprised by your sincere message.
Another suggestion is to create a pocket or envelope at the journal’s conclusion and fill it with attractive stickers or bits of paper.
Think about your friends’ reactions when they see this.