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December 22, 2010
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Keep an Art Journal

It seems that just about every artist has something to say about keeping an art journal. The sizes and shapes of the journals vary, the frequency of use differs, and how important the journal is to the artist’s creative life may change over time. But one thing seems to resonate: journals are a creative tool. Journals are so popular that there are entire books written about how to create them and use them, like Pam Carriker’s Art at the Speed of Life in which Pam shares projects and ideas to help her readers live a creative life. One bit of advice from Pam is “Think multitasking versus individual project.” Take a look.

But how do you get started?

There are many kinds of journals, from leather-bound to homemade, and just as many ways to use them. What you put in them is up to you. For example, you could:

  • Save everyday papers to use as journal pages or for collage.
  • Write down quotes or lyrics that mean something to you.
  • Record something a friend or child said.
  • Sketch a moment of your day…or a special person.
  • Try out a new technique before committing to a larger piece of art.

Dawn Sokol suggests doing the pages of your journals in stages to get past the blank page. Her “Pages in Stages” technique: painting, collage, and doodling/writing, takes the stress out of beginning because you can do the stages in any order, as many pages of the journal as you’re inspired to do at a time. Your journal pages develop over time and there is no pressure to finish one whole page at a time.
A spread from Robin Olsen’s journal.

For some, a journal is a place to draw and doodle. Robin Olsen likes to capture everyday moments in her journal, and suggests you keep it simple, not getting too carried away with details as you sketch. Just sketch whatever catches your interest at the moment.


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Nic Hohn’s artistic goals
documented in her journal.

For others a journal is their bible, keeping lists and ideas, plans and schedules…artistically presented, of course, but almost like a day planner. Nic Hohn sketched and wrote ideas for setting artistic goals and reaching them through journaling in the January/February 2009 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.



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A page from Jacqueline Newbold’s
travel journal.
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Still other artists use their journals to record their travels, like Jacqueline Newbold in the September/October 2008 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, painting, sketching, collaging mementos, and writing about their journeys.



Your journal

The important thing is to look around, see what catches your eye, go with what inspires you, and remember to enjoy the experience.

Happy journaling!

P.S. Don't forget you can pre-order Pam Carriker’s Art at the Speed of Life.

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Use your art journal to help you create art every day


Art at the Speed of Life

Art at the Speed of Life

Motivation and Inspiration for Making

Mixed-Media Art Every Day

Pam Carriker

144 pages


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Embark on a journey to find your own inspiration and creativity. Mixed-media artist Pam Carriker shows you how to make beautiful, personal art every single day, with real-life solutions to help you in your search for creative freedom in Art at the Speed of Life.


You'll learn how to:

  • manage multiple projects while working at a pace that fits your own schedule.
  • take advantage of new opportunities in blogging, online workshops, and social media.
  • use accessible materials such as paper, pencil, and paint to create enchanting artwork that is both economical and personal.
  • incorporate new techniques with your own personal flair with a custom-designed seven-day art journal and additional projects.

You'll find tons of tips, advice, and motivation to make time to create, plus projects and essays from well-known mixed-media artists including Paulette Insall, Seth Apter, Nancy Lefko, Brandi Butcher-Isley, Suzi Blu, Cate Coulacos Prato, and more.


With this inspiring guide, you can make art and life coexist happily and harmoniously.


See a sneak peek inside Art at the Speed of Life:

Art at the Speed of Life

Make a seven-day journal to help guide your creativity.

Art at the Speed of Life

Get inspirational essays and spotlights on your favorite mixed-media artists.

Art at the Speed of Life

Make great mixed-media projects designed to fit into the busy schedule.


Start making time for art every day with Art at the Speed of Life.

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