So. Let's talk about the actual book. Since I first began about a year ago, I've tried three different types of books. For my very first journal I purchased a small, cheap binder from Target and filled it with pages I made as I went.
This felt, in my opinion, more aesthetically pleasing and "artsy." I liked having control of how many pages I put in, being able to switch them around, etc. The problem was that it became a pain to cut up the cardstock every time I wanted to make a page, and I quickly lost interest.
Which led to my current journal, this teensy little sketch book I picked up at a craft store for about $1.50 (hello, coupons.) It's the perfect size and it has thick pages, which means that they're not see-through and are perfect for splashing some watercolor on. It's a little more neat and structured than my first journal, but I love that I don't have to worry about adding pages. It's ready to go.
- magazines (note: my favorites are Madewell and Anthropologie catalogs, which are free in the mail. I also like to use old wedding magazines, which are full of pretty floral images.)
- Double sided tape/glue stick
- watercolor set
- alphabet stamps
- scrapbooking stickers/paper/embellishments
- washi tape
- random tags, ads, tea packets, etc.
- vintage paper goods (book pages, postcards, magazine clippings. Old yearbooks are my personal favorites!)
- paint chips
The best thing about art journaling is that it can be as complex or as simple as you like. It may take a few pages to discover you own personal style, but even the "mess-up" pages are fun to create. It's the perfect way to try new techniques, express yourself, and use up those random scraps and supplies you've been holding onto for years. I'd love to see your own pages if you create any! Have fun :)