getting started…

finding a journal that you love is an important starting place. i tried journals with lines, without lines, spiral bound, leather journals, etc. after experimenting with many different types of journals, i found my match.

my journal match came from my favorite art journalist- sabrina ward harrison. not only is the outside beautiful and a masterpiece of her own- but the inside is filled with thick, white pages, without lines. i love that i can paint, use sharpie markers, and watercolors without worrying about the ink bleeding through or about there being too much water on the page. the beauty of the white, line-less pages is that you have this perfectly blank space to work with. i found the lines hard to cover up and difficult to incorporate into my art. the lines were distracting to me and created more frustration than anything else. this of course, is all about preference. if you plan on doing a lot of writing- go for the lines! but if you plan on sketching or painting, i say keep it clean. you can find sabrina ward harrison journals here.

creating art journals does not mean that you have to go out and buy a whole bunch of new supplies. i started with a simple set of acrylic paints, but have learned to appreciate the even simpler things. i love using markers and watercolor paints (a set i got for less than $5 at a craft store). sharpies are also wonderful, allowing you to journal over different colors and textures. but one of my favorite purchases was a white jelly roll pen (can you say jr. high?!). this allows me to write on dark surfaces and the words stand out beautifully. check this out…

look around you and find ways to use your resources. i thrive off of magazines and catalogs (especially anthropologie). these things inspire me and give me new ideas. and also remind me of the important things in life. the picture above reminded me that i need to take time to rest. as much as i love people and being around others, i have found the importance of creating a space for myself to relax and be rejuvenated…

i pray that you find that this week. if art is something new and scary to you, experiment a little. try using a colored marker in your journal instead of the same ol’ black pen. buy a cheap set of watercolors and be reminded of what it was like to paint as a kid without any inhibitions. engage the inner Creator in you and allow Him or Her to be released. we are daughters and sons of the Creator King. look up to that sun that’s been hiding and find joy in creating something new…


About kkb

i live for the Creator of the Universe and aim to honor Him in all that i do. as the contents of this blog space continually change with me, it remains to be a "outloud" journal for me to share my life with those that are near and dear to my heart. welcome to this adventure called life... View all posts by kkb

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