This month I decided to tackle a topic I don’t know much about…Art Journaling. I’ve never really considered myself artistic, despite being a bit of a photographer, a bit crafty, and a bit scrapbook. Other people make things look artistic and amazing; I make them look “neat”. But this month, I decided to take on this interesting world called “Art Journaling” and try to let my creative juices flow. I didn’t feel fully qualified to talk about it though, so I called in a consultation – from Maya De Groot, one of our resident Art Journaling experts. Maya set me up with a ton of resources to help us! So let’s take a closer look.
Art Journaling is simply putting art and words together to express yourself. There aren’t any rules or set ways of doing things (part of my issue I think! LOL). Half of the “recipe” though involves words…words and fonts! I’ve written before about conveying the emotion of your words through your font choice and never is this more apparent than in art journaling. Maya gave a HUGE list of fonts that she loves for Art Journaling. Here they are with Maya’s own notes about them.
– Anything by Tangie Baxter. She has special art journal fonts at Scrapbookgraphics. But there are of course also a lot of awesome FREE fonts that would work great for art journaling, so here are some of my favs:
– 1942 report http://www.dafont.com/search.php?q=1942
– Cabin sketch http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/cabinsketch
– Capture it http://www.dafont.com/search.php?q=capture+it
– Chalk duster http://www.fonts101.com/fonts/view/Creepy/10403/Chalkdust
– Chiller http://www.fonts101.com/search/chiller
– Jailbird jenna http://www.dafont.com/search.php?q=jailbird
– Jane austen http://www.dafont.com/search.php?q=jane+austen
– Kings & Queens font http://www.dafont.com/search.php?q=kings+%26+Queens
– And everything from http://www.misprintedtype.com/v4/ Look at the Fonts > Freeware. What I really like about this site is that all the font previews are already a piece of art (altered/art journal style)
Maya recommends using some lyrics or quotes if you are stuck coming up with your own words, which I used on my practice layout this month.
She also gave a great list of tips to use with Art Journaling. So great in fact, that if I wasn’t under deadline to do this post, I would have gone back and redone my layout after rereading the tips! I saw the “multiple fonts” one and went to town! 🙂 I wish I had mixed in some capitals or alphas! Here are Maya’s tips:
– you can use CAPITALS in the middle of a woRd
– write your journaling in different directions
– highlight the most important words of your journaling (in a box, different colour, different font)
– use a stroke on your journaling/ outline your journaling
– it is okay to use different fonts on one page
– combine fonts with alphas or wordart for a fun effect
– use lines in your paper/art journal piece as lines to journal on
– you can always repeat your journaling (play with the sizes)
– think about blending the journaling
I also have a LOT of sample layouts that she linked me up with. In the interest of time and space, I picked out my three favorites.
Over the summer, we did get into a font discussion related to Art Journaling, and enabler that I am, I feel the need to hook you up so you can see all the other great fonts people mentioned! http://ozone.oscraps.com/forum/showthread.php?t=26579&highlight=font
And if that isn’t enough inspiration…check out the October Art Journaling Challenge Diane has cooked up! It’s got layouts and products and fonts and beautifulness!!!!! It’s just overwhelming! With all this help and inspiration – even I was able to break out of my mold and scrap a page! Check it out!
So if you’ve ever considered trying out this amazing technique, take the prescription Dr. Maya ordered and get to scrapping!