Let’s switch our focus from art to writing today. We’ve covered a fair bit on the art aspect of art journals. But the other part of an art journal, is the journal, by which I mean writing.
There are many ways in which you can incorporate the written word in your spreads to give them even more meaning. You can start with a layer of writing – pen down your thoughts, confusion, doubt, gratitude – anything on the page and then cover it with paints and mediums. That’s certainly one way to go about it – and it is something that I do very often.
But today, I’d like to share a few ideas on how you can add words so they are a part of your composition.
One way in which you can add words to your spreads is to type them out on your computer, print them out, and glue them down. Look for some interesting fonts on free font websites like dafont.com. I personally love old typewriter fonts – it adds an instant charm to your words I think!
Another is to incorporate some creative lettering on your spreads. Try calligraphy, whimsical lettering or chunky letters.
You can also stamp a quote onto your page. Invest in a set of clear alphabet stamps, an archival ink pad, and a clear stamping block if you’d like to follow this route.
You can also cut out individual letters from newspapers or magazines to create a ransom-style quote or word on your page.
Don’t like your handwriting? I can recommend two books – both of which I have and use regularly – to help you practice lettering:
Put this lesson to practice: Time to practice your lettering techniques! Create an art journal page that has a quote as the focal element.