So, you want to get started in Art Journaling and have no idea where to begin!  Well, this is your lucky day because I HAVE SO MUCH TO share on this topic!

What is Art Journaling?

Art journaling is an artist’s expression housed all in an art journal.  An art journal is the same as a written journal, except that it incorporates colors, images, patterns, and other materials. Some art journals have a lot of writing, while others are purely filled with images. It’s a form of creative self-care. It is my daily meditation to slow down, be creative and reflect on things.  It is a creative outlet and a habit like going to the gym that is great for your mind, body, and spirit. The beauty of an art journal is that anything goes. It’s a no holds barred space where I can express and explore my feelings through images, writing, and just playful mark-making. It’s a healthy, expressive outlet at the end of the day and one of my best coping skills.

My art journal is also my idea book!  I play and practice and that has led me to try new things on canvas, glass, wood, walls, and more!  Yes!  I have painted furniture and murals all from inspiration in my art journal!  It is the best way to gain and build creative confidence!

Skies the limit on the supplies you can use but I do like to break it down on those just getting started to make this easier.

If you wish to get my FREE Art Journaling for Beginners Guide please sign up HERE!

My Favorite Art Journaling Supplies

I am asked all the time what are my basic supplies to get started in art journaling (or art in general) and I am going to answer those with Tracy’s Tips.  Here are my five basic supplies which I will break down (and remember you do not need expensive materials to get started!)  Here are my five main ingredients:

  1. Art Journals
  2. Pens
  3. Painter’s Tape
  4. Watercolors
  5. Paint Brushes

My #1 saying is “It’s just a piece of paper” and your art journal is YOUR diary to create and let it all go!

Another awesome resource to check out is my Facebook Group – Art Journaling for Beginners:

Also, every Wednesday I do a LIVE Art demo on my Facebook page for you to get started in Art Journaling and I invite you to join us!

Happy Painting!

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Want more inspiration and artwork?

  • My website with resources, free art tutorials, and more!
  • My creative membership Your Artful Journey, where you can explore the world of art journaling with interactive art sessions full of tips and tricks, conversations, Q&As, and most of all, FUN!
  • My Facebook page where I go LIVE every Wednesday night at 5:30 PM PST. You’ll learn a quick and easy art lesson and laugh a lot!
  • My YouTube channel which has tons of free art lessons right at your fingertips.
  • My Instagram for a peek into my daily art life!

Happy Painting!