When you purchase a leather journal like the Franklin-Christoph leather notebook, you open the world of imagination. Nothing can compare to picking up a pen and letting your thoughts roam free on the lined or unlined pages. This week, we wanted to provide you with a bit of inspiration by showing off some of the other art journaling bloggers out there.
We’re not going to talk about the ‘best’ art journals out there because art is all about the journey rather than the final outcome. Art occurs because of a song in the head, rather than talent in the hands. There’s absolutely no excuse to not pick up your pen and start drawing, and these art journal creators struck a particular chord with us.
Visual Blessings by Valerie Sjodin
Valerie Sjodin is a Bible journaler who has plenty of pictures in her online journal.She’s taken her artwork and made it into a jumping-off point for a business. The work is fascinating and soothing all at the same time, something which speaks to the serenity of grace. We’re especially fond of the picture of the hand with the spirals.
Ethereal Solitude by Sarah
Sarah runs a Tumblr account that highlights the journal entries that she’s made. There are a lot of portraits in these pages, and much of the media that she uses are acrylic paints. She mentions that she uses clippings and other items from many sources. Artists are always on the lookout for ways to create art.
Jules+Tea by Julia Thomas
Continuing the survey of art journalers out there, Julia Thomas takes her work in a slightly different direction. Where Valerie is interested in drawing out her pieces and Sarah does a hybrid/portrait approach, Jules focuses more on the ‘scrapbook’ part of journaling. She likes using cutouts and ephemera for her designs.
Check this out for a variety of styles that you could possibly use in your own journals. There are some which look like paint was spattered on a page. Others have the text spread out with deep and meaningful phrases. This collection demonstrates the fact that there are no particular rules. Thinking about devoting your analogue journal to video games? Go for it!
We were talking about fictional journaling a while back. Here is a mixture of art journaling with fictional journaling. This particular highlighted post is actually an interview post with another blogger out there, but it demonstrates some of the artistry that can be used with a personal journal. Can you picture that in your Noisegoods Leather Journal?
Here’s a modern art blog with a strong, solid community. There’s something to be found every single day here – you’re bound to find something quite inspirational as you travel through the Etch a Sketch pictures and the pink markers. What are you planning on doing with your journal?
At their heart, leather journals simply contain collections of paper. You can devise it how you want, break the rules and dispel the myths. It doesn’t matter whether you go for the drawing, the writing, or the scrapbooking method as long as it serves the purpose of self-expression. Take inspiration from these artists and try making your own art journal.
Recognition: A big shout-out to Doodlers Anonymous for letting us use their header image for this article!