Friday, January 8, 2010

combining old and new

To start, I have already bought a few books about journaling and creative writing a while ago, and one about art journaling that I just received today. Here is an incomplete list of these books:
  • Journalution by Sandy Grason
  • The New Diary by Tristine Rainer
  • Journal Bliss by Violette
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
  • Fiction Writer's Workshop by Josip Novakovich
I would like to try art journaling. I think it will be delightfully fun and be a wonderful mode of expression with which I can experiment. To get started, I joined two art journaling groups on Yahoo groups today. Tomorrow, I will go to my dad's house to get my art and craft supplies that I used for projects in high school. They've been in hibernation since I graduated. I will also go to Michael's (the store) to buy a few things I do not already have.

List of supplies I will get from home:
  • Crayola markers
  • Crayons
  • Tissue paper
  • Construction paper
  • Stickers
  • Glue sticks
List of supplies I will buy at Michael's:
  • White gesso
  • High-quality markers
  • A few embellishments
  • Golden Gel Medium
  • Brush
  • CD-ROMs with images (if they have any)
I will also stop by a grocery store to pick up a composition book (yes, the black and white marbled kind). One of the Yahoo groups I joined is for art journalers who use comp books. And, since I am on a budget, this is a cheap alternative to a Moleskine sketchbook.


  1. I buy my composition books at Walmart where they go for about $1. When I use lots of paint on each page I will take 3 pages, cut the middle one of them out leaving 1/2 to 1 inch and then glue (with mod podge)the other two together over it so I have a stronger page to work with. If you do all sorts of painting and collage and don't remove any papers your book will get so thick it won't look like a book anymore. Lots of people use comp books. Here is a link to one that is simply done that I like a lot. Have fun.
    Timaree from Blissfully ARt Journaling

  2. One book I really like about art journaling is Kaleidoscope: ideas and projects to spark your creativity by Suzanne Simanaitis. The entire book is gorgeous. I love art journaling, but sadly, it's just not a medium I'm good at working with.
    You know what else is cool? ATCs. Ever thought of trying those?

  3. Thank you for the advice, freebird! I will definitely keep it in mind!

    Hey Stephers (Artemisfair)! I just binged "ATC's." They look so awesome! I am going to try them out!


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