Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Art Journal

Keeping an art journal (AKA sketchbook) is a time honoured practice of artists of all levels of dedication and proficiency.

I love looking through the journals of some of my favourite artists: Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, and just about anyone else.

Art journals tend to be playful explorations of both the visual and the written. They are a place to try things out, to muck about with ideas, and to formulate plans... or they are a work of art in and of themselves.

If you think it's a good idea for your children to keep sketchbooks (or art journals), then I urge you to keep your own... and gather everything that they'll need to create a journal, if they want to: drawing pencils and pens, watercolour crayons and brushes, coloured pencils, great sketchbook with quality paper and firm boards.

Your initiative and enthusiasm with your own journal will likely be all the invitation they need to join in the fun.

If the idea of keeping an art journal excites you, even just a little, then there are some fabulous resources out there to inspire you further.


And, even better, many of the journal artists featured in these books have blogs and websites of their own where they share their amazing techniques with those of us who are artsy-journal-wannabe-ers.

Teesha Moore -- amazing stuff and she shares techniques
Sarah Whitmire -- she takes you through a 23 day tutorial to get you started - check the sidebar of this post to find the series
Kelly Kilmer -- lots of great journal related things to explore on this page
Susan Taylor Brown -- a fab list of links and things related to art journalling

Have fun with it!