as you might imagine, i have a lot of blank books. i always make a special one when i am taking a class or going to an art retreat. in addition, i love to collect the blank books other people make. i use the books in a number of ways. sometimes i art journal with images, like below:
sometimes i combine images with a traditional journal entry:
and sometimes i just make lists. or write out thoughts without any "art" design in mind. just words. i have always kept a journal and i have dozens of written entries before i learned about art journaling. i prepared this entry when i was taking the class "31 days to build a better blog."
right now i'm working in a book made by bridgette guerzon mills. bridgette is a wonderful artist. she used to create mostly blank journals and sold them at amanobooks. lately she has been painting more. she works in oils, acrylics and encaustic. we made a trade, one of her journals for one of mine, and i was lucky enough to receive this one.
bridgette keeps a blog on amanobooks which she updates on tuesdays with journaling tips. she also has a page devoted to journaling tips. the blog is chock full of inspiring information and prompts. when i was going through my sabbatical, bridgette encouraged me to start journaling again. it was really invaluable for me and i think her tips are helpful to anyone interested in any form of journaling. do go over for an inspiring read. she's posted a new tip today, "know thyself."
i just started taking a class from kelly kilmer called "a prompt a day." for each day in june she puts up a painting, collage and journaling prompt. so far i love it.
so take down one of your blank books and start to work in it. your words and art deserve a lovely home.
for sheer writing ideas:
here are some journaling tips from lifetips
cynthia gallaher runs a journaling blog.
bookbinding etsy street team blog, Journal your Personal History
videos (i have to warn you that i find the sound in these very distracting):