burning questions

M is for Making Marks in Your Visual Journal

In today’s post on the ABCs of visual journaling, I talk about one of my most favorite elements, making marks. Mark making with lines, dots, dashes in colors, black and white or with different shapes and sizes of brushes is such a fun and unique way to personalize your visual journal pages. Rather than talking…

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oops now what

What to do when you don’t like your visual journal page

Wondering what to do when you don’t like your art or you feel like you’ve made a mistake? Have fun with the mantra “Oops, Now what?” This mantra covers the o and the n in the ABCs of visual journaling. I was traveling home from Colorado yesterday and am a day behind in my posts…

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art journal prompts

Q is for questions: Visual Journal Prompts

Q is for questions in our ABCs of visual journaling. Questions help us to get over the dreaded lack of ideas when we look at a blank page. Perhaps this is why I love writing on my pages first before approaching the page. If you do a Google search for visual journaling prompts you will…

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fox art journaling page

5 Steps to Bring Passion to the Visual Journal Page

Do you have those moments when you look at Instagram or Pinterest and see someone’s visual journal page and think, wow, that is incredible. How did they convey so much passion and meaning on the page? The visual journal page is the perfect space to explore your passion, your dreams and desires. Today we are…

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using circles in art journaling

R is for Round: Circles and Mandalas in your Visual Journal

Coloring and creating mandalas was the one thing that brought me back to my art over a decade ago. I remember sitting on the couch with my two young kids, a mandala coloring book and a box of colored pencils. We would watch Emeril on the food network and color together. Over the years my…

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using stencils in art journals

Stitching, Stamps and Stencils, Oh My!

Three of my favorite techniques to use in my visual journals are stitching, stamps and stencils. As you can guess, today is letter S of the ABCs of visual journaling. Part of the fun of visual journaling is trying out new techniques and practicing them on the pages of a personal journal. This playful experimentation…

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Text in your art journal pages

5 easy ways to incorporate text into your visual journal

T is for Text in your visual journal. This might be one of my favorite letters on our journey through the ABCs of visual journaling. I love incorporating text into my pages and want to show you a few of the ways you can incorporate text into your visual journal. The art I’m sharing today…

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alphabet of art journaling

U is for Underpapers: The Alphabet of Visual Journaling

Today’s alphabet of visual journaling features one of my favorite things: underpapers. Underpaper is the paper that you put on your workspace to protect it from paint drippings or to wipe off brushes and brayers. It often ends up making the most divine collage papers for use in visual journaling, junk journals and book making.…

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handmade junk journal

V is for Variety in your Visual Journals

From handmade visual journals to pre-bought sketchbooks, junk journals and gorgeous bound journals, variety is the spice in my creative life. As we work our way from Z to A with what I love about visual journaling, we land on V. V is for Variety of course! I use my visual journals as a way…

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black and white botanical illustration

Visual Journaling ABCs: W is for White & Black

Welcome back to my series on the Visual Journaling ABCs. I am wandering my way from Z to A through the things I love about about visual journaling and how it has helped me on my creative and healing journeys. Yesterday’s post was Y for memories. Today is the letter W for white and black.…

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