Can I Write In My Art Journal?

Art journaling isn't just about the art--or I should say, writing is a form of art as well. Here's why you should absolutely combine writing and art in your art journals.
 

I've said it time and time again, but my favorite thing about art journaling is there is no limit to what it can be. Sure, if you did a Google Image search and typed in "art journal," you would probably see more art than writing (for the purpose of this post, I'm keeping those two separate even though you guys know I believe writing is a form of art).

And that's fine. There are people who don't use any words in their art journals. But what if you are more of a word person? What if you've realized writing is your niche, but you want to bring a little more color into your daily journaling?

 

What if you've realized writing is your niche, but you want to bring a little more color into your daily journaling. (<<< tweet that)

 

The above pages are samples from my daily journal, which is why they're blurred out. Sorry guys; some things need to stay just between me and the page. I used to think my art journal was separate from my daily (written) journal before one of those light bulb moments hit me and I realized art and words should go together.

So how can you incorporate more art if you want to mainly focus on writing?

  1. Write in your journal first then using your medium of choice, draw a picture that goes along with what you just wrote either on the page you wrote on or on the next page.
  2. Lay down a light wash of watercolor (or your can use crayons or colored pencils) before you write. You don't want to use too heavy of a hand or it'll be difficult to read what you write. Instead, your goal should be to add a little bit of color to the background.
  3. Write in short blurbs instead of across the entire page. In my example on the right, I wrote Tuesday down the page in block letters and colored them in, and instead of writing margin to margin, I wrote in one to two sentence blurbs and either traced over or underlined a few random words (again with crayons).

 

 

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How do you feel about mixing images with words? Do you think the two belong together?

 

How do you feel about mixing images with words? Do you think the two belong together? (<<< click to tweet)

 

Leave me a comment and tell me if when you journal you prefer to write or use visuals to express yourself.