Art journaling is a different form of scrapbooking. Much more freeform and expressive with no thought to the memory making or the actual photograph/event. It’s more individualistic and artistic in nature and can be whatever it wants to be according to YOUR creativity. Art journaling can be cathartic, it can diary-like, or just full of images. With digital, it’s slightly different in that the creativity takes on technology. So maybe, you’re like me, I CAN’T DRAW. My kids HATE playing Pictionary with me, for fear of being paired with me. My hand does not replicate what i see in my head. But, hand me a computer, and I can take a good whack at what I’m picturing. So here are opportunities and ideas of art journaling that our designers have put together for you!
Vicki Robinson has a slew of tutorials and challenges on her website with articles, tutorials, and challenges. And you will also find it in Oscraps’ own forum. We have a section for it. These will help you in your own techniques and inspirations. Vicki also has for this month, a Designer Challenge that will relate to art journaling!
Which of our designers have kits related? Almost all of ours do in some form. And honestly, any kit can be turned into art journaling. But some have special pieces that are unique.
AFT Designs has these edge embellishments that are super cool.
Emeto Designs has a ton of painty type kits packed with beautiful images!
ET Designs has brushes that are spectacular for these pages:
Florju has some awesome paper packs!
Foxeysquirrel has tear elements that look awesome for backgrounds:
Idgie has some brushes that rock!
Jopke has some yummy wordart!
Laitha’s backgrounds are lush!
Here are some full kits that are great for journaling:
And don’t forget to look at videos and images of real life art journaling. They will give you ideas of what you can do digitally! Most important, don’t forget to include your thoughts and ideas. This is the cathartic part of the exercise! Writing it out helps, no matter what the subject matter or how it’s done. You can do it in headlines or plain text, fancy lettering, plain typewriter font, whatever your page needs! And in the end, you can collect all the pages and have it printed into book format, or just printed and inserted into a folder. I have even seen it printed out and pasted into a real journal! There’s so much you can do to make it your own original art.