You can create journal pages easily and it doesn’t have to be complicated. Art journals are a real passion of mine.
Here are 20 super fabulous hints, tips & resources to help you create journal pages like a pro.
Create Journal Pages Easily With 20 Fabulous Resources For You To Try
Are You An Art Journaling Beginner?
When I started art journaling in about 2007, I had NO idea what I was doing! Having a resource like this would have been incredible but I actually learned about mixed media techniques from a book, to begin with. Then, when I was learned more about working in journals from random free guides. To create journal pages easily, you want to learn the basics first. That way, you won’t waste time and you won’t ruin too many sketchbooks while you discover your own style.
I’m talking about this class all about Art journaling by Dawn DeVries Sokol! Dawn has many pre-made journals that you can purchase, which include LOADS of prompts. You can see inside one of them here. I loved it!
This is a fab course on mixing acrylic paints available over on Craftsy, it covers everything from choosing the right types of paint to mixing clean secondary and tertiary colours and everything in between.
Acrylic paint techniques for beginners on the Craftsy Blog
I love acrylic paints, they are super easy to use (and clean up after) and the heavier ones can be layered up to add lots of lovely texture to your work.
This post by Jessie over on the Craftsy Blog covers all the basics on getting started with acrylics, so it is a great resource for beginners and anyone who maybe could do with a little refresher course.
An Art Journal Page from start to finish by Julie Kirk
So, everyone likes a look behind the scenes right? That is exactly what Julie has done here!
In this post Julie outlines the process of how she creates her journal pages and outlines the simple steps that you can follow to create journal pages of your own that look fab!
Basic Painting Strokes video tutorial from FlowerPatchFarmhouse
Pamela over at Flower Patch Farmhouse has made an awesome tutorial video and a post to accompany it covering basic brush strokes.
The instructions are super easy to follow and with Pamela’s help you will have these basic brush strokes mastered in no time.
Art journal backgrounds for kids from ImaginationSoup
Not just for kids! Melissa from Imagination Soup has gathered 6 easy art journal backgrounds for kids that look so good that it would be a shame if I didn’t include them.
20 Free Art Journal backgrounds to print out and stick into your art journal – use mod podge!
Would you like some free printables created by me to help you create journal pages, of course, you would.
Get them here:
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How to use watercolour pencils
There are few things more pleasing to look at than some freshly sharpened pencils . Check out Virginia’s quick How to… on watercolour pencil techniques to get you started.
Pam’s Creative Sketchbook Class covers pens, paint, backgrounds and collage.
Best of all making the jump from journal pages to canvas.
The class costs $19.99 per section OR you can sign up to a one month free trial followed by a monthly subscription fee.
Paint scrape art tutorial
I love the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics because they flow so well and I love, love, love this paint scrape tutorial by Alexis over at Persia Lou.
Make a polka dot page with bubble wrap
This pretty much speaks for itself. Awesome art journal background idea from Alissa and a brilliant use for unwanted bubble wrap that almost everyone will have posted through their letterbox.
Do you need some pointers on painting with gouache? You do? In that case, check out Jennifer’s excellent class.
12. 365 One Word Art Journal Prompts from the ArtJournalist
Sometimes we all need a bit of a poke to get our creative juices flowing and Chelle from Art Journalist has just the thing to keep you inspired.
Have a look at her list of 365 prompts to help keep you energised while you create journal pages.
I feel a year of journaling coming on.
We all have our favourite arts and craft supplies, these are my (by no means a definitive list!) my favourites.
Learn all the things! What I love about what I do is that there is always something new for me to learn and so many great places to take classes.
Free colouring pages for you to print, cut out and stick in your art journal!
If you are still thinking that you need some more freebies, how about some colouring pages to download and print out?
Free & paid high resolution photography for creatives from Creative Convex
Over at Creative Convex you can get access to high res photography to use for free as long as you it won’t be used for commercial purposes.
How to get the most out of your watercolours with Melissa Esplin
Melissa has some great tips over on her site on working with watercolours.
You can get two free months with Skillshare so if you have TWO months free, you can take a crazy amount of classes! I love Skillshare so much and I’ve taken SO many of their classes! At the moment there are 635 painting classes available on Skillshare so you can go crazy and learn whatever techniques you like.
Free Stock Photography from Pixabay to use as reference images for drawing and collages etc.
Pixabay is a great resource for free stock photography, images are distributed free of copyright and can be used in any way you like without the need to request permission or disclose the source.
Phew, that was a long one!
If you made it this far well done and thank you for sticking around.
Hopefully, you are now armed with all the info and resources you need to create journal pages like a flipping boss.
Have I missed any of your favourites or have you any tips and resources to help create journal pages that you want to share?
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