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Around Here: April 2018

Art Journal Every Day: Getting Started (part two)

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday

If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here.  All of the previous posts can be found archived here.  Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day!  No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek.  Even if you're not on social media, you can see everything (from twitter, pinterest, instagram, and facebook) that uses that hashtag here. 

I want to share the replay of the livestream Q&A I did on Tuesday.  The first half of the video is a trip down memory lane looking at all of the different kinds of things that can be considered art journals: sketchbooks, zines, paper pads, and so on.  The second half of the video is questions and answers with techniques and supplies being shared.

One of the questions I was asked in the video was about go-to art journaling supplies.  I wanted to share a few additional thoughts on the subject:

  • While I absolutely have my go-to list of supplies, I think it's really important to remember that everybody's list is 100% individual and unique.
  • The supplies you use almost every time you sit down to art journal should be at your fingertips.  This can change and evolve over time.  Obsessions come and go, after all.  This is what my set up looks like:

As you can see, I have all my most used supplies on my left and right.  I don't have to get up to grab what I need.

  • I think we worry a lot about having the "right" stuff, when the truth is that's an excuse not to get started.  You don't need anything more than paper and pen to start an art journal.
  • For beginners, I recommend starting super low tech with limited supplies.  Why?  Because it will force you to find your own style.  What can you make happen with just pen, paper, and some kind of colorant (watercolor, colored pencils, crayons, etc.)?  Even if you're an experienced art journaler, limiting your supplies is a great way to reignite your creativity!
  • Art journaling on the go is a great example of when a limited palette of supplies is helpful.  I don't tote around bags of acrylic paint and tons of stencils and stamps when I travel. I have a limited set of easily portable supplies -- markers, pens, and a few stamps.

I will wrap up today's post with a single thought:

The only way to be a better artist than you are today is to make art.

There's no magic.  No tutorial.  No special supply.  No book.  It's the discipline of making things that makes you better!  

Thanks for stopping by!