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« on: January 29, 2010 01:45:03 AM »

Hello art board!

I usually don't hang out here much... But lately I've been thinking more and more about starting an art journal, both because I want to practice my creative side and because I need to start writing down my thoughts. The thing is, when I look at all the gorgeous and intricate art journal on flickr, Craftster and other sites, I feel completely overwhelmed and intimidated! I just don't know where to start... I just can't get my head around the steps of the process, from blank page to complete piece.

I was wondering if anyone has any tips or tutorial for starting an art/altered/visual journal? I would love to start with a kind of step-by-step guide, just to learn the basics before I can improvise more on my own. Any tips or ideas?

Thanks!
/Karin
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2010 01:08:20 AM »

I know what you mean; I get that way looking at homemade books  Smiley It's pretty overwhemling...

I'd say start slow; get a spiral notebook or an artist's sketch book and start writing/sketching/pasting to get the creative juices flowing. Then maybe get a book or two from Goodwill and just wing it, slicing and dicing and doing whatever.

It's hard not to want to plan everything out - I'm a total perfectionist who wants everything to be perfect  Undecided But the nature of a journal is an evolving thing, so it wouldn't be such a bad thing if the whole project kept changing over time. Plus by starting out in a learning mode, you can develop a feel for the techniques you want to use and be able to make whole books in one sitting later on.

The cool thing is that the journals will eventually become like a portfolio; a progression of work. And that's always a good thing to look back on Smiley
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