{I} Inky fun

Let’s spend some time today talking about inks. And no, I don’t mean the Parker ink you used in your school pen {I hope I didn’t just give me age away with that comment!}. We are going to focus on three types of ink: drawing {or India ink}, acrylic ink, and Inktense pencils.

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Drawing ink
The most popular drawing ink is Dr. Martin’s India Ink, which is available in a wide variety of colors. The colors are very intense, and when mixed with water, can be thinned into more transparent washes. Until quite recently, however, they were unavailable in India. And now that they are, they’re frightfully expensive!Continue reading

{G} Gesso love


I’ve found gesso to be one of the most versatile and absolute must-have products in my art journal toolkit. Although it may look like your standard white acrylic paint, gesso is quite different and has its own unique properties. While a lot of supplies can be interchanged or substituted, this one simply cannot.Continue reading

{E} Collecting ephemera

ephemera

ɪˈfɛm(ə)rə,-ˈfiːm-/

noun

things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.

“there were papers, letters, old boxes—all sorts of ephemera”

collectable items that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.

“Mickey Mouse ephemera”

From an art journal perspective, ephemera includes almost any paper element that you can glue onto your pages – ranging from old book pages, letters and Victorian imagery to ticket stubs, receipts and mail order catalogues and collage and scrapbook papers.

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{C} Collecting supplies: A round-up of some basic supplies

So now that you know what an art journal is, and have a list of inspiring art journal books handy, let’s get right into collecting some essential art supplies so we can start creating.

There are a huge variety of supplies available in the market, and while it is fun to experiment and play with all of them, you really need only a few basics to get you started.

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{B} Best books for art journaling

I believe that you can learn anything and everything from books. So it should come as no surprise that I have quite a collection of art books. Here are a few of my absolute favouries that I am sure will help you on your art journaling journey.
The Journal Junkies Workshop: Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict by Eric Scott and David Modler

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{A} Art journaling 101

Art + Journal = Art Journal!

An art journal is simply art that you create in a book, on loose sheets of paper, or even on upcycled cardboard boxes, that you can then bind into a book or keep in a box. It’s a record of your journey, your thoughts, the things that move you, and your unique vision of the world.

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The A to Z of Art Journaling

 I’m thrilled to announce that I will be participating in the Blogging From A To Z Challenge this year! I participated in the 2014 challenge, and I have to say it was both exciting and exhausting. It also left me somewhat burnt out. But this year, I’ve had more time to prepare and I’ve decided to stick to a theme, which I think made this whole process so much easier!

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