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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,

Daughter, Wife, Mother, Friend, artist, vintage loving, law enforcement officer, Southern Californian, God and country loving girl who loves to meet like minded creative people, share life with new and old friends. Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. ~André Gide


  • Michelle Salazar

    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

      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!

  • Tanya Napier

    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.