Try a Grid Layout for Your Art Journal

Often when I add pictures, drawings, etc. to my art journal, I just slap them in any old way. I work the text around them or over them (an opaque white pen is handy for this) and I don’t worry about whether the page as a whole or the two-page spread looks coherent.

Sometimes, though, I like to do a little more planning. A grid layout is a simple plan for where text and images go on your journal page. Like this:

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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:

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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.

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