I am so excited to be writing a guest post about art journal styles for the lovely Claire here at Heart Handmade. I’m Kerry a creative blogger specialising in planners, mixed media and creative journals. You can find me over on my blog kerrymaymakes.com and in my Facebook Group Kerrymay Makes a Mess. I’ve been blogging for 2 years now and love to pass on my passion for all things creative.
I LOVE journaling, I honestly don’t think there is one journal style I haven’t tried. With so many different styles it is often hard to know where to get started, so I have broken it down into 5 different journal styles. Whether you are just starting or have been journaling for years, I hope to give you some further inspiration for your pages and give you ideas to get you started.
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1. Bullet Journals
If you have been browsing the internet for the past 2 years you can’t have failed to notice the popularity of Bullet Journaling. I love creating bujo styled layouts (bujo is a short-term for all things bullet journal related).
I’m not a true bullet journaler, but a lot of my planner layouts use a bujo style and I also have a lists/bullet journal style book that I add things to like mood and weight loss trackers and my Monthly goals. The bullet journal system was started by Ryder Carroll over at bulletjournal.com.
It uses a series of keys to make logging and checking off tasks quicker. I often use these as check boxes in my planner that I can mark as I complete the tasks. You can buy washi tape like this stuff, to save yourself making checkboxes all of the time. Trust me, it gets tedious!
I get most of my ideas for bullet journal style layouts and spreads from Pinterest, there is a large bullet journal community there and it’s a great source of inspiration. Go follow my Bullet Journal Inspiration board.
2. Art Journal
I am an avid art journal fan. There is nothing better than at the end of a busy day at work than sitting down to do a bit of art. A lot of people assume you have to be able to draw to be good at art journals, this simply isn’t true. Art journals are a means of self-expression and are ultimately for YOU, no one else. I’m not a great artist, I can’t paint landscapes, but I am creative and that’s all that really matters.
Don’t overthink it – EVER!
Just get some paint on the page and then add some extra elements to it if you wish. When I’m painting flowers, I literally just blob some watercolour paint around the page until it resembles a flower. Give it a go, trust me you will love it, it’s so therapeutic.
If you can’t wait to get started then have a look at my Art Journaling Series for ideas and inspiration and everything you need to get you started. There really is no limit. You can add embellishments, stamps, ink, the sky’s the limit; which brings me nicely on to my next journaling style…
3. Mixed Media (One Of The More Popular Art Journal Styles)
Mixed Media is any type of art that uses a variety of different resources to create the page. So you could use paint, stamps and texture for example, or you may create a page using collage and, paint and embellishments.
I love mixed media as there really are no rules, just get some paint and add anything you want to the page. I have some great tips for creating mixed media work here:
The image is above is one of my favourite mixed media creations created in the zetti style of art popularised by Teesha Moore. (Teesha Moore herself actually said that she loved this page… I know, crazy right?)
Related: My Own Personal Art Journal Therapy!
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4. Creative Journals (Another Of The More Popular Art Journal Styles)
Ahhh my favourite type of journals: The Creative Journal. Here is where you can really let your creativity shine.
Creative Journals cover any type of journaling style that uses a mix of writing, photographs and things that you have saved such as tickets, leaflets and keepsakes.
There are many names for it:
- Smash Books
- Memory Keeping
- Written Journals
- Travel Journals and even
I love that there are no rules and you can literally just cut and stick anything on to a page. Recently, I created a travel journal (now my third) and I love it. It’s a great way of keeping your memories and is much prettier than a photo album as it’s a lot more personal.
For ideas on how to get started with a creative journal or smash book have a look at my post on 20 Ways to Use Smash Book Style Journals, there are lots of ideas for pages and spreads.
5. December Daily
I was very late to the December Daily scene, but I had a go at creating one last year and I became a complete convert. Again there are no right or wrong ways to creating a December Daily. Some people follow prompts on Instagram, whilst others write about what they have done that day.
I love using a mix of photos and writing and it’s a great excuse to use my washi tape! The image above uses a Christmas card to create the door which I cut up to give it a personal feel.
I absolutely adore Christmas, so making a Christmas Journal is a great way of capturing that. You can watch my full flip through here – December Daily Completed Christmas Travelers Notebook
So there we have it, 5 types of journal styles that you can try out. Hopefully, this has given you some tips and inspiration to put to use in your own journals. Don’t forget to give this post a share and I would love to hear about your favourite styles of journaling in the comments below or over on my blog.