Google+ Authentic Parenting: Art Journalling Group: Lesson I - Make It Your Own

Friday, December 14, 2012

Art Journalling Group: Lesson I - Make It Your Own

This is the first part of our Art Journalling Group.

In this weekly activity, we have all committed to create one page a week. Every week, we will be showcasing some of the work from the previous assignment and handing out a new assignment. Assignments will either be topical, technical or about the use of certain materials. You are welcome to join in at any time.

If you haven't signed up yet, commit yourself to this weekly journalling group by commenting on this post. If you are a blogger and you want to showcase your assignments on your blog, comment below so I can set up a linky for you to add your work, add your email in the comment below so I can send you a blurb and button to add to the top of your post.

Assignment outline

This week's assignment is pretty simple: get your journal and make it your own.
Your journal can be a notebook, sketchbook or any paper support you can make into a book. Maybe you want to get your hands into some bookbinding? By any means go ahead and try it! The only rules pretty much are that the support must be paper and held together, so go be creative!
Size is something you may want to consider if you want to be able to take it everywhere, a smaller size will be more convenient. If you will be working in the same dedicated spot, any size will do.

Now you've got your hands on your journal, put your mark on it.
There are lots of ways to make your journal your own, break it in so to speak. You can start by just writing your name in it, or your email address or phone number (you never know if you misplace it).
Another way to customize your journal is to tackle the cover. Wrap it in Fabric, in paper, sew onit, paint it, dye it... whatever tickles your fancy.

Some ideas to get those creative juices flowing:

dip-dyed using fabric dye

patchwork from sew mama sew

mixed media from sugar lump studios


Send me a picture of your work via email (mamapoekie at yahoo dot com) by Wednesday 19th of December.

Want to learn more about art journalling first? 

Here are 8 tips on how to start
Here's a tutorial on customizing your cover
Here's a patchwork journal cover tutorial for those who want to work with fabric

As always, you can find inspiration on my Pinterest Art Journaling Board

You are very welcome to let your children join in. That's the fun thing about art journalling, it's such a primal thing, even your children can do it, and they'll learn some new skills along the way. Get a journal for them to and enjoy journalling side by side. Set aside a special time every day/every week to do so.



  1. I meant to sign up earlier! I all ready have my journal and everything.

    1. that's so cool! looking forward to the results! I already did most of the assignment on my part!

  2. Im excited to take part! :) Still deciding whether to document it on the blog though... Will try send you my pics before the deadline :)

  3. We'll join in after the new year.


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