Journaling Techniques

Whether you are an experienced journaler or have only just started, there are a wide variety of journaling techniques available for you. Here there are plenty of free step- by- step guides and tutorials to give you inspiration for your journal. If you’re worried about other people reading your journal or your secrets getting out, there are techniques for hiding the written words. There are also techniques for making interesting designs in your journal. At a loss for how to get started? Book recommendations, podcasts with our favorite journaling technique authors (including Eric Scott and David Modler, and Jill Berry) and even a few how- to videos are available.

Creating Your First Journal Page

In these techniques, Journal Spilling author Diana Trout helps you to overcome the reluctance that may preclude you from putting pen to paper. In addition to offering prompt ideas (like a single big, powerful word at the top of a page), she encourages you to decorate the page and offers ideas for techniques to color, design and illustrate the pages of your life.

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Keeping Secrets in Your Journal

In this excerpt from her book Raw Art Journaling, Quinn McDonald shares techniques for creating journaling that is Hiding in Plain Sight. You’ll learn first how to write things you want to release yourself from, to forget or put behind you. Then you’ll learn two techniques for hiding those words so they can’t be read.

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Book Notes: Journal Spilling

See what Ricë has to say about Journal Spilling by Diana Trout, a book that can help you get over your fear of “the great white page.”

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How-to videos by Diana Trout

Need some extra inspiration for your Tuesday? Check out these technique videos from art journaler and instructor, Diana Trout!

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Sumi Resist Technique with Jill Berry

Artist and instructor Jill Berry shares a fun and highly unique resist technique that results in batik-style designs on Arches Text Wove. And would you guess it all starts with ordinary dish soap and not so ordinary sumi ink?

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Writing in Your Journal

In this tutorial, Eric Scott and David Modler make fresh suggestions for how you can get in the art journaling groove. Above and beyond daily and stream of consciousness journaling, the authors suggest pages of prompts, random words, eavesdropping bits and pieces and more. With their tips and suggestions you’ll never run out of ideas!

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