Thursday, January 27, 2011

52 weeks of pagan art journaling {getting ready}

Whenever I think of joining up on big year long projects, I find my biggest deterrent is the idea that there's no way I'll be able to complete such a big task. It's like the fear of the New Year resolution that I'll never really keep.

So with that in mind I thought I'd try to break down the idea of 52 weeks of art journaling into something that seems more manageable, more easily accomplished, something that you can customized to your own needs and level of time, desire, and commitment.

Tip One:

Don't do the entire page in one day! Do 10 minutes a day. Or 10 minutes every 2nd or 3rd day. And then, if you  do it 2 or 3 times a week, give yourself a pat on the back. If I drag my ass to the gym 3x a week, that's a good week for me. So call it a good week in art journaling if this is the route you take!

Tip Two:

Stagger the task. One day, do the background; another add doodles/art/collage; and after meditating on the word/idea for a few days, write the journaling.

Tip Three:

Go with what works for you. You don't have to be Dali, or Picasso, or even Pollack [insert anything other artist name you'd like here]. If you like flowers, cover your pages with flowers. Or try something new. Steal my ideas/prompts or do something completely different.

Tip Four:

Don't be intimidated by others' art. Don't think you can't do this because you're not an artist. This is for you. It's about having fun. I'm not your mother or your teacher. You're not allowed to be your own worst critique. Just let it be and enjoy playing with paint!

Tip Five:

Think size. Size matters. I'm going with 12x12 scrapbook pages. They're huge. That's what I want. I want place to doodle and draw. I want to layer and stagger things. You may not want the same thing. You might prefer to stagger on a smaller scale. My first art journal was 4x6 and I dragged it around with me in my purse and art journaled on my lunch break for 10 minutes every few days. In fact, art journaling during my lunch break was one of my favourite things to do in the park near work in the warmer months.

Techniques you can use to create a page

  • Pencil, crayons, paint, collage, pastel oils. 
  • Doodles. Things you like to draw (I like Indian motifs and leaves... you'll probably see a lot of them!)
  • Collage. Take images from magazines you love. Or scrapbook supplies. Or google searches. Or vintage postcards. Or books. I am quite partial to using old book pages (and since our library tossed a bunch of old books a while ago, I have a guilt free supply).
  • Stickers. Words. Stamps
Other ideas/suggestions? Leave a comment and share your advice!


  1. oh Gods, I have a hard time keeping up in my art journal without any deadlines! I'm only about halfway through my 500 page book after two years and that's doing double page spreads and occasionally glueing pages together to make them more sturdy. I journal in an old hardcover book I found in a freebie box at a yard sale. ;)

    It sounds like you've broken everything down wonderfully! Good luck with your challenge, I look forward to seeing your pages.

  2. This has been great advice! I'm so looking forward to getting started . . . now would be a good time to clean off my table and get things ready to go.

    I like the idea of breaking it down into small, manageable segments . . . I can do that!

    Thanks for hosting this, and let's get the party started! LOL!

    Blessed Be,

  3. Serendipity has struck and I've stumbled upon the perfect book for this project, I would be foolhardy to continue to resist. ;)

  4. My nieces just got me color pencils and a cute unlined notebook. I love my babies. I hope to come up with something nice, so they can be proud. I'll have a few entries the week of March 22, and I hope to be completely caught up soon.


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