3 easy steps start an illustrated journal
Today is day 4 of my blog marathon. You can click on the side bar and check out the archives to see the older posts.
One of my readers wanted me to write about my illustrated journals and how to start it.
But before I tell you the steps to start an illustrated journal, let me show you what it is (for those of you who are hearing it for the first time).
An illustrated journal is nothing but a diary, a record of your day, where you draw instead of writing down things. It is a visual record of what you choose to focus on in your day.
I have shared two pages from my journal.
I have been keeping illustrated journals for many years now, and over the years my style has evolved and changed, and I've got better at it. I find it extremely calming to sit down at the end of the day, and make a page in my journal. You can see more of mywork on my Instagram art account. Click HERE.
If you are keen to learn illustrated journalling. I highly recommend doing the courses.
Alternatively you can join Skill share. I also teach creative writing on skillshare, and if you enrol using my link, you get a month free. Apart from accessing the creative writing course I teach, you also get access to thousands and thousands of other courses including art journalling, photography, gardening , cooking, Spanish or anything else you want to learn! I have done so many courses on skillshare too.
Here's the link:
To start an illustrated journal , there are just three simple steps:
Step 1. Buy a notebook and supplies:
What kind of a notebook depends on what kind of a journal you want to keep. When I started out, I used a basic drawing notebook (like the art books we use in schools) so I could practice and get better. I looked around and drew everything I saw. That is the best way to get better at drawing! I used Micron pens and water colours.
Step 2. Decide what you are going to draw:
As you keep drawing, your eye will get trained to focus on a single part of your day that you want to capture in your journal. For tips I recommend Samantha Baker Dion whose book is available on amazon.
Step 3. (this is the hardest step): Execute it!
Keep drawing every single day. In the beginning your pages may not look the way you want them to.Dpn't get discouraged or give up. Keep using all the resources I recommend above.
You can also search on Youtube for thousands of free resources too.
That's all there is to it. Keep repeating every single day and you will soon have many beautiful journals full of the art you make!
Will blog again tomorrow.
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