Art Journaling 101

This is the handout for a workshop I created for the Santa Fe Book Arts Group.

A Good Place to Start

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Art Journal Every Day:

Journal Prompts

Sherry Menehey

Tammy Garcia

The Sketchbook Challenge


Free Digital Images

Strathmore Visual Journals Are the Best (IMHO)

Instructional Videos (DVD or Download)

Artful Lettering: Tools and Techniques for Discovering Your Style by Joanne Sharpe

Art Journaling Fast & Easy: Unique Journal Pages One Step at a Time by Pam Carriker

Art Journaling: Pages in Stages by Dawn Devries Sokol

Art Journals On-The-Go How to pack prep paint and more by Jacqeline Newbold

Easy Mixed Media Techniques for the Art Journal by Seth Apter

From Art Journaling to Art: Drawing Watercolor and More Techniques for the Mixed-Media Artist by Jane LaFazio

Handmade Book Essentials: Learn to Make Folded Side-Stitched and Signature-Style Books by Dea Fischer

Layered & Textured Backgrounds: Art Journaling Tips & Tricks by Paula Phillips

Make it Graphic: Stencils Silhouettes & More by Linda Blinn

Playful Paper Backgrounds by Diana Trout

eMags (often different versions for iPad, PC, Mac)

Art Journaling Exposed Volume 1

Pages, Volume 1

Pages, Volume 2


Pages (above); print copies are sold out, but may be able to find on eBay

Somerset Art Journaling


There are literally hundreds of books available if you put the search term “art journaling” in (but do try to buy from a local store).  Here are my absolute favorites:

Journal Spilling: Mixed-Media Techniques for Free Expression by Diana Trout (A good place to start)

The Art Journal Workshop: Break Through, Explore, and Make it Your Own by Traci Bunkers (Contains a DVD)

Artist’s Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life in Words and Pictures by Cathy Johnson (Best if you’re a watercolor artist)

The Complete Decorated Journal: A Compendium of Journaling Techniques by Gwen Diehn

Alternative Art Journals: Explore Innovative Approaches to Collecting Your Creativity by Margaret Peot

Art at the Speed of Life: motivation + inspiration for making mixed-media art every day by Pam Carriker

Creative Wildfire: An Introduction to Art Journaling – Basics and Beyond by LK Ludwig

The Journal Junkies Workshop: Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict by Scott and Modler

You can preview part of their book here:

Dylusions Idea Book: My Creative Journal Journey by Dyan Reaveley

Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking by Jill K. Berry

Collaborative Art Journals and Shared Visions in Mixed Media by LK Ludwig

Art Journals and Creative Healing: Restoring the Spirit Through Self-Expression by Sharon Soneff

Real Life Journals: Designing & Using Handmade Books by Gwen Diehn

Altered Books Workshop: 18 Creative Techniques for Self-Expression by Bev Brazelton

Journal Revolution: Rise Up & Create! Art Journals, Personal Manifestos and Other Artistic Insurrections by Linda Woods and Karen Dinino

Artists’ Journals and Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages by Lynne Perrella

Teesha Moore–The Mother of Art Journaling

Roben-Marie Smith

Samantha Kira Harding

Diana Trout

Donna Downey–“Collage Monday” and “Inspiration Wednesday”

Tammy Garcia

Joanne Sharpe– lettering

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Carolyn Dube — gelatin prints

Dyan Reaveley–wild and outrageous

Ingrid Dijkers

Jane Davenport


Dina Wakley


LK Ludwing

Samara Gugler


Ellen Vargo

Finnabair aka Anna Dabrowska

Kate Crane

Patti Parrish

Jane LaFazio–Drawing and watercolor

Alisa Burke–Great teacher.

Jill K. Berry–Maps, maps, maps.

Danny Gregory

Journal Fodder Junkies

Dawn Devries Sokol

Kim’s Kreative Korner