But don't be afraid. Just BEGIN.
You can always tear out the page, or paint over it, or flip to another spot and come back to this one later. It's YOURS to do as you see fit.
It's great to provide children of all ages, from toddlers to teens,
(and even adults!) with their own sketch pad or journal.
To use a journal as an Art Journal, I recommend heavy paper or watercolor paper that will withstand the different media and techniques.
I like the kind that opens left to right like a book so you can do a two page spread. I encourage the children to do both pages, to look at it as one big canvas . That way there is a *flow* to the pages. Each two page spread is one idea or is complimentary to one another.
And we couldn't survive without waxed paper!
Place waxed paper (or even parchment paper) behind the pages you are working on so paint won't ruin the other pages. It is also used to put between pages while they are finishing drying so you can get started on something else.
Other supplies to get you started,
all the while keeping it simple and keeping the costs down :
~Acrylic paints - if you just get the large bottles of primary colors, red, blue, yellow you can mix additional colors on your own.
~Paintbrushes, thick and thin
~Lids of jars it use for paint
~Mod podge or make your own glue/water mixture.
~Permanent markers -Sharpies can work
~Colored pencils - I like Prismacolor
~Papertowels- for clean up, dabbing paint, and texture on the page
~Papers - all kinds (scrapbook, tissue, etc) and colors, words, pictures,etc from magazines, catalogs, newspapers, mail, greeting cards, tags from clothes, anything!
I also like gel medium, to use as a glue and as a protective coating. I buy Liquitex or Golden brand. It is not necessary but if you end up enjoying art journaling you might want to try it.
Of course, you can get a million and one supplies but be innovative and see what you can use in your own house. You'd be surprised!
Then just start.. CREATE with various art medium and a myriad of techniques.
Begin with Backgrounds and embellish them later. You can decide to keep each two page spread as just background ART itself
you can add layers to it and embellish it further with pictures and words.
It is totally up to YOU what you want to do...
for YOU are the artist and this is YOUR creation.
Here are some ideas:
splatter with watercolor and acrylics
acrylic over acrylic glaze
crayon resist with diluted acrylics
mandala with acrylics, sponging, collage - in progress
graduations of color- two colors- diluted acrylics
acrylics, glaze, sponging, patterns with found items
sponging background with acrylics, collage with magazines
(note: it's often best to tear big pictures vs cutting them straight with scissors)
tissue paper earth and sky collage with mod podge
printing with found circles and acrylic paints
acrylic paint, glaze, items to make patterns
masking tape pattern and diluted acrylics
acrylics and paper towel collage
EVERYONE is an ARTIST!
Perhaps YOU would like to start an Art Journal. Do it!
And let me know how you like it!
"Art is the colors and textures of your imagination."
~Meghan, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999