Art Journaling – Video Gallery and List of Techniques

Oh how I love to art journal.  I hope one day my daughter and her kids and my great grand kids might enjoy my art journals.  I love to create in them and get my thoughts on paper in an artful way.  I have so many different journals and over the years I’ve recorded my thoughts using numerous techniques.  This video is around 15 minutes but goes quickly.  But I might encourage you to pull up a cup of coffee or cool lemonade, kick your feet up and rest.  I thought I’d share with you a video gallery of my journals as well as a list of just some of the techniques I’ve used.

  • Sew or stitch it
  • Use vintage images and create collage
  • Stamp it
  • Ink it – spray or ink drops from a bottle
  • Doodle
  • Stamp with watercolor crayons used as ink or just stamp
  • Emboss it
  • Rip it
  • Add vintage wallpaper; their patterns beautiful and even if you have a little it goes a long way
  • Gelli print on it
  • Cut up bits of a placemat and add
  • Paint or draw simple geometrical shapes
  • Personalize it or add pictures
  • Cut out magazine words or images
  • Texture it ; gesso, modeling paste, plaster, salt, you name it
  • Stencil it using different mediums from paint to paste
  • Make a mark by scraping paint away using tools of any nature
  • Add lace and notions
  • Use crackle paint or medium
  • Paint or journal on canvas
  • Use acrylics, watercolors and other types of paint all on one page
  • Layer, layer, layer
  • Paint over punches or raised letters
  • Add a coat of wax, stamp into wax or melt and drizzle crayons on your page
  • Use a charcoal pencil to draw
  • Add glitter, beads or bling
  • Use spray paint (make sure you use good ventilation)
  • Draw with crayon and watercolor or use a acrylic wash over top for a resist page
  • Paper peel – add glue, then paper and when tacky remove and rip some of the paper up
  • Use tissue
  • Add stamped leather bits or Chip Art pieces (don’t know what chip art is?  It’s chipboard that looks like leather – email me for more info and if you’re interested in supplies)
  • Use cardboard for texture
  • Sketch in it
  • Heat some paint or tape using a heat gun (use caution)
  • Try making your own stamps and your own mark in your journal
  • Use duct or washi tape
  • Draw and use colored pencils
  • Finish with different Mod Podge choices (Shimmer, Matte, Gloss, etc.)
  • Use gelatos or other creamy paints
  • Add foil
  • Cut letters or shapes out of fabric or canvas
  • Add imagination and more!

Here’s a peek into my journals.  A little video gallery of techniques . . .

Name a technique you use in your art journals.  I’d love to know.

Warmest creative wishes,


  1. Michelle Salazar says:

    That was a great way to start my day I am so in awe of all your beautiful pages and you provided with me with some great songs too what a blessing going to copy your list because I realize I need to start a journal and create more art!

    • artsychick says:

      You are always so sweet Michelle! I just wish I could hug you! I’m so glad you enjoyed. If you’d like to pass it on too . . . wonderful. I just hope to encourage others. I’m sending great love!

  2. Tanya Napier says:

    I love this post because I love your beautiful creations! (And you!).
    Because I’m still trying to figure this whole Art Journaling thing out, this list is very helpful.

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