Starting an Art Journal | A Self Portrait

I am starting an art journal! At the end of December, I looked over my bullet journal for 2017 and felt uninspired. What I realized is that I really WASN’T interested in keeping a handwritten planner for meetings and tasks. My favourite pages were my monthly collages that I filled with doodles, ticket stubs, and other mementos and the pages I formatted for to do lists had also taken SO much time! I knew I wasn’t going to have another bullet journal in 2018, but I hadn’t figured out what I would do to replace it.

Why an art journal?

I’m not sure how it happened, but I discovered HulloAlice on YouTube and I was totally sold! Her journals are full of complete pieces of art, sketches from life, and mementos from her travels. After watching a few of her videos, I watched a few others on YouTube to make a list of supplies to get started. Fortunately, most of the artists on YouTube use similar supplies, so coming up with a list wasn’t very difficult.

Supplies for starting an art journal

I bought my supplies for my art journal at Michaels and DeSerres. After having a bullet journal for 2017, I had very specific requirements for my perfect journal. It needed to be have mixed media pages and be book bound (no spirals!), hard cover, portrait orientation, and small enough to fit in my purse. Fortunately, I found all of these things in the Jane Davenport canvas journal. I also picked up the Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils and a white Gelly Roll.

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