In No Excuses Art Journaling: Making Time for Creativity by Gina Rossi Armfield, you’ll use your day planner as an art journal, and eliminate all of your excuses for not having time to art journal. You’ll find monthly, weekly and daily prompts you can tailor to fit the amount of time you have. Below is a technique that you can spend 5 minutes on each day over the course of a few weeks and end up with a beautiful and fun documentation of your month.
(This demonstration was previously published in No Excuses Art Journaling by Gina Rossi Armfield, copyright 2013; it is republished here courtesy of North Light Books and CreateMixedMedia.com.)
Another speedy way to put pen to paper in a creative way when you only have a few minutes is to draw a grid of themed images.
Some calendars already have a monthly grid that you can use, or you can choose a blank page and add a grid of your own.
- waterproof markers and pens
- watercolor markers or
- watercolor pencils
- 1/8″ to 1/4″ (3mm to 6mm) washi tape (optional)
1. Using a ruler and pen, draw vertical and horizontal lines to create enough squares for the month you are working in.
2. Pick an image that is representative of the month. Draw or sketch that image in one of the squares.
3. Using watercolor pencils, markers or other coloring tools, add color to your drawing. If you’re using watercolor pencils, activate the colors by brushing the tip lightly with a damp watercolor brush.
4. On each day of the month, fill in a square with a variation of that original image to keep the theme. Remember, though, this is your journal, so you can be as creative with this theme as you’d like.
Instead of using pencil or pen to create your grid, you could use washi tape or markers.
(This tutorial was previously published in No Excuses Art Journaling: Making Time for Creativity copyright 2013 by Gina Rossi Armfield. It is reprinted here courtesy of North Light Books and CreateMixedMedia.com.)
Check out Gina’s website, NoExcusesArt.com, where you’ll find a community art journalers seeking to eliminate those pesky excuses!
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