A few years ago, I dated a guy who kept an art journal. It was so amazing to see him work quickly, and beautifully represent a scene with just a few strokes. I have been an avid journaler for years, but I’d never tried adding art into it. I’m definitely not the best artist, but I do enjoy creating images as best I can or using color to add another dimension to my words. Playing with color is extremely soothing to me and I’m having a lot of fun.
Here’s what I like to use:
My favorite brushes as the Niji Waterbrushes. You can find them here, or at an art store. I prefer the medium size. These brushes are the coolest: you unscrew the bottom half, fill it with water, and can paint using watercolor paints! No need for a big cup of water to clean your brush or wet the paint. It’s super awesome.
I’m not too picky about paints, as long as the colors are vibrant and I have tons of awesome choices for blending.
I am picky about paper. I’ve used some cheaper versions of watercolor paper and there’s nothing more irritating than soaking through paper or having it curl up. My newest favorite thing is the Strathmore Visual Journal, designed specifically for watercolor.
I have tried a variety of black pens and I don’t think I can yet declare a favorite. The thin-tipped Sharpies are great, but I’m still making lots of trips to the art store to find ones I like more.
As for getting started, my best tip is to just start. I keep a list of quotes and a Pinterest board of quotes I like and sometimes, I’ll paint and write those over it. Eventually, I’d like to add some collage elements and such, but for now, just the art of playing with paint and words is enough for me.
Do you art journal? Any tips?