Art Journal? But I’m Not an Artist

Perhaps you’ve been clicking around on flickr or Pinterest and you’ve seen amazing art journal spreads like this one:


Photo of art journal 8.28 by Lenna Young Andrews via flickr and licensed under CC 2.0

Maybe you’d like to liven up your journal with paint and pictures but you say, “I’m not an artist.” Good news! You don’t have to be. It’s your journal, you can do what you want.

I started adding visual elements to my journals a few years ago and it has made a big difference to my writing practice. I feel like my journals are more lively and reflect more of my life. Depending on my mood, I might add drawings in pen; pictures from a magazine or photos I have printed out; tickets stubs; postcards; or even quotations from a book I’m reading, done up in fancy letters. The journal police have yet to show up at my door.

journal page 12/2014Photo by me