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How to Start an Art Journal

Here are some hints and tips to help encourage and inspire you!

1. Buy a journal or sketchbook with blank white pages so you can express yourself freely without the constriction of lines. (Or if you prefer lined pages, that’s great too!) The thicker sketchbook pages are great for practice. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of buying a journal, printer paper works as a good canvas.

**Using cardboard behind your pages when painting is a good technique to help keep paint from leaking and helps it dry faster.**

2. Purchase some basic art supplies like watercolor paints, acrylic paints, spray paints, letter stencils, colored pencils, multicolored sharpies, Staetdler fineliner pens, etc… These supplies don’t have to be fancy and expensive to work. Take some time to figure out what you like to use and what effects you want to produce with your art.

**A lot of popular journaling techniques involve creating a watercolor background and a mixed media layered effect for their creations. But, this is about you! Get creative and experiment!**

3. Use words, quotes, images, mixed media, and simple and elaborate drawings to create personal pages that express who you are as an artist and writer.

**Get out of your comfort zone and draw things you wouldn’t normally draw. If you don’t like what you’re creating, give yourself time to grow and learn. It’s important to be patient with yourself and let go of your high expectations. Give yourself credit for trying and keep practicing! Don’t give up!**

4. To learn more about art journaling, you can always use Google for more information, look up tutorials on Youtube, check out books from your local library, or even take online art journaling classes. Some classes are even free! There are tons of resources for you to research.

**Don’t wait until the “time is right” or when the “inspiration hits you.” Dive right in and go for it!**

Some art journaling prompts:

1. Practice hand-lettering your favorite words.
2. Practice using calligraphy for your journal entries.
3. Draw your favorite silly emojis.
4. Draw symbols that hold significance to you.
5. Illustrate a cute scene from your favorite TV show.
6. Create your own comic book page inspired by a day in your life.
7. Make your own mandala and color it in.
8. Make a favorite quote page.
9. Fill an entire page with random doodles.
10. Dedicate a page to your fictional or irl crush.
11. Tape in photos from your favorite trip and add meaningful captions.
12. Illustrate a page on how to cheer yourself up when you’re upset.
13. Use stencils to create word art that describes how you feel right now. 14. Cut out your favorite adjectives from the newspaper.
15. Make a “Truths and Confessions” page to release some tension.
16. Color a page red. Write a long rant until your feel better.
17. Illustrate a monster that has scared you and confront it with words.
18. Create a page filled with characteristics of people you admire.
19. Cut out images from magazines that illustrate your dream life.
20. Use a waterbrush pen to write your favorite book quote.
21. Dedicate a page to your favorite band.
22. Doodle and write your favorite lyrics.
23. Write the words you want to say to someone important to you.
24. Sketch a character you’ve fallen in love with.
25. Create geometric or odd shapes. Make them flow together.
26. Use ink and colored pencil to outline your plans for the week.
27. Write a poem. It doesn’t have to rhyme. Let it come from the heart.
28. Write about the people, places, and things that inspire you.
29. Create a symbol that reflects your life. (Ex: zigzag= stressful)
30. Sketch or write a list of things you’re thankful for.
31. Make a favorite holiday page.
32. Make a page for your favorite personal photos.
33. Create a new identity for yourself. Illustrate your personality.
34. Illustrate a scene from a fairy tale or make up your own.
35. Draw a totally new character that represents your alter-ego.
36. Dedicate a page to your favorite colors.
37. Write one word that describes you well in big, bold letters.
38. Go outside. Draw the first object you see.
39. Write/illustrate your surroundings.
40. Create a page detailing your ideal peaceful environment.
41. Let the day’s weather inspire your pages.
42. Express whether you’re a night owl or an early bird.
43. Create a layered effect by using old letters, important notes, etc…
44. Create a personal mantra page. (Ex: “Live. Laugh. Love.”)
45. Doodle your favorite silly facial expressions.
46. Make a page dedicated to the places you want to travel to.
47. Draw your inner god/goddess. Name them.
48. Write about the talents you have and the talents you wish you had.
49. Create a “Good Memories” page to make yourself smile later on.
50. Draw a broken heart. Journal about your heartaches.
51. Draw yourself in your favorite clothes.
52. Illustrate your favorite place to write, read, study, etc…
53. Mod Podge old book pages to your journal page for a background.
54. Spray paint your favorite symbol on the page.
55. Journal about superpowers you wish you had.
56. List the things that make you laugh.
57. Draw your favorite plant or flower and explain why you like it.
58. Use a childhood experience to influence your journal page.
59. Draw a candle and write about how it symbolizes hope.
60. Journal about the habits you want to change.
61. Fill a journal page with compliments to yourself.
62. Create a venn diagram and compare/contrast yourself with a friend.
63. Write a “Note to Self” page.
64. Illustrate a favorite career page and how you want to make money.
65. Create a system of symbols that represent people, places, and things.
66. Make a page dedicated specially for your zodiac sign.
67. Illustrate your most embarrassing moment from last week.
68. Make a page of regrets and write about how you could fix them.
69. Draw a stack of books and illustrate your reading goal for the year.
70. Take a heart stencil and dab red paint inside the lines. Write about the things you love most in the world and why they’re worth living for.
71. Cut out stars from copy paper and glue them on the page to form your favorite constellation.
72. Draw a line. Name one point Start and the other one End. write about how you want to grow as a person throughout your life.
73. Stain your journal pages with a damp tea bag to give it an old parchment look. Once it’s dry, write a magic spell for your life.
74. Find your favorite poem and journal about why it inspires you.
75. Dedicate a page for things you’d tell your younger self.
76. Draw your favorite animal then fill it in with bright colors.
77. Use some of that old junk mail, glue it in, and paint over it.
78. Write a “Pet Peeves” page. Don’t stop writing until you feel better.
79. Write about your day and shape the sentences into a spiral.
80. Draw or write with your non-dominant hand and see what happens.
81. Paint a rainbow and write about what your pot of gold (a goal or a dream) would be on the other side.
82. Sketch a sunset and describe how to bring closure to your problems.
83. Tape multi-colored notecards or sticky notes in your journal. Jot down little positive reminders to yourself.
84. Use only acrylic paint and puff paint to doodle and write.
84. Journal about the wisest thing you’ve heard someone say to you.
85. Write about your addictions/obsessions.
86. Create a simple collage of things you dislike with magazines.
87. Illustrate a door opening and journal about your new opportunities.
88. Draw your ideal relaxing vacation.
89. Make a list of the places you’ve been today.
90. Tape in receipts of the special things you’ve bought.
91. Tape in ticket stubs of the movies you’ve seen this year.
92. Press leaves and flower petals onto the page.
93. Paint or draw old sayings like “The pen is mightier than the sword.”
94. Record a dream and draw a few people or places you saw in it.
95. Journal about your beliefs.
96. Create a new style/font of handwriting.
97. Use stickers and stamps to make a border around your page. Fill in the center by writing about your “stick-to-itiveness” or perseverence.
98. Draw you and your friends from an old photo and embellish the sketch with an inspiring/relatable quote. Capture the happy moments.
99. Use all the colors of your sharpie pens to write out your thoughts.
100. Make a page detailing all the things you want for your future.

Express yourself without fear. Remember journaling is all about you. This is your personal journey, so you don’t have an obligation to show anyone your creations.

Make good art!

DAYS OFF APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m so relieved!!!!!


anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm the Mel shout out anon from the last post and I just noticed that it auto correct Chara to Character. I like all of the characters but I was just pointing out that Chara is a particular favorite of mine! Sorry for any confusion!

oh that makes sense!! i was kinda wondering what you meant, ahaha. gosh, thank you so much!!!! ( /u\)
-mod mel

anonymous asked:

How would TFP Soundwave, Bee, & Ratchet react to a s/o who flirts with them all the time (not overbearingly, tho), but as soon as they (the bots) flirt back, the s/o gets all flustered and blushy? A+ writing by the way, already a huge fan!!

I’m on mobile right now so hopefully the format doesn’t get all messed up when I write this :p I’m gonna go with human s/o on this one, hope I’m right!

TFP Soundwave
Whenever you flirt with Soundwave the most you ever expect is a glance in your direction. He’s a mech of few words and that’s ok with you. So when you casually make a tall,dark and handsome comment in passing and he turns around fully, he’s got your attention. You wait in anticipation for something to happen and what you get was no what you were expecting. A suggestive image pops up on his visor that leaves you in a flustering mess. Too bad you can’t see the smug look he’s got on his face.

TFP Bumblebee
Early on in the relationship flirting with bee is usually very innocent and can sometimes go over his head. A couple weeks into your relationship Bee approaches you holding what looks like a bunch of small wrinkled papers. He hands them too you looking like he’s about to burst in anticipation. As he towers over you you begin reading the typed out words on each page. Cheesy pick up lines and compliments mark each page. As you keep reading they get more and more intimate and your face starts to go bright red. As you finish the last page and try to hide your face Bee picks you up. You bury your head into the crook of his neck to hide your embarrassment and he can’t help but let out happy beeps. He knows he got this one right.

TFP Ratchet
Usually when your flirting at Ratchet it’s to get under his plates and make him bristle. He’ll normally huff or scowl in your direction and tell you he’s working. But you know it’s all good fun and he’s not actually irritated with you. On this particular day you decided to approach him at his station and compliment how pretty his optics were in a joking manner. When he scoffs and replies in a serious tone that your eyes are far more beautiful and can’t even compare to the stars your brain stalls. All you can do is stare at him with an open mouth and blush. When he realizes you aren’t moving or replying, he looks up. You being flustered causes him to become flustered and to any onlooker you both look like idiots.

Bookstore kid | Zach Herron

A/N: I’ve been having Zach feels lately, that kid is just so dang adorable I can’t. (I say kid but he is four days older than me, rip) I seen this on a prompt list and instantly got an imagine idea. And to put my Zach feels at ease, I thought I’d write it about him.

Summary: The boys encourage Zach to get your number, and when Zach gains confidence to do so, he also thinks of an idea - that he thinks is rather cute - on how to get your number.

Word count: 592. (short af)

Warning: you might swerve to Zachs lane????

Prompt: #172. “Can I borrow that book of yours?”

You smiled as you sat down in your usual Thursday-night book reading seat just after you had retrieved your favorite book from the shelves. It wasn’t busy in the store, due to not a lot of people appreciating books anymore - which saddened you greatly.

You got out your book mark before you flicked through to the last page you remembered reading, sighing happily when your memory didn’t let you down. You became so lost in your book that you had barely noticed the large crowd of loud girls passing the store.

For about an hour, no one had entered the store. But when someone finally did, it became chaos. Five boys and a girl had entered the store and since they walked in, it was loud.

You groaned quietly as you lost focus on your book due to the loudness. You sighed before leaning over to take a sip from your drink, which you soon realise is empty. ‘I’ll need to get another,’ you think to yourself before leaning back in your chair and beginning to try and read again.

“Aspen, stop,” a boy said quietly as a smaller girl smacked a book across his head. 

“No,” she laughed and continued smacking his head.

You looked up from your book and glared at the two, who didn’t seem to notice you.

From afar, Jonah, Corbyn and Zach stood and watched you try to read. “Go get her number, she seems nice,” Jonah encouraged.

“That look she just gave Jack and Aspen kind of tells me otherwise,” Zach laughs at his friend before looking at Corbyn. “You have a girlfriend, how did you get Christina?”

“I don’t know why I feel offended, but I do,” Corbyn covered his heart with his hand. “I’m kidding, um.. I don’t know, I was just confident,” he shrugged.

While standing there and thinking for a minute or so, an idea finally popped into Zach’s head. “Oh! I have an idea,” he smiled.

“Share it then..?” Jonah raised an eyebrow as Zach smirked.

“Just watch,” Jonah and Corbyn shared a worried look as Zach walked away.

Zach walked right up to you and sat down at the table you were sat at. “Hello,”

You looked up from your book and examined the boy. “Hi,” you replied.

Can I borrow that book of yours?” You hesitantly lifted your bookmark off of the table and slipped it between pages. You handed the boy the book and leant back as you watched him.

Zach pulled out the pen he always carried around, incase of a fan desperate for an autograph. He began writing his number, name and a sweet compliment in the first page.

“Hey guys, I’m done, I don’t know where Jack and Aspen are though.. Where’s Zach- What are you guys looking at?” Daniel asked as he returned the boys were in a trance, watching Zach ‘do his thing’.

When he handed you the book back he smiled softly at you. You read the page and smirked. You gathered your things, slinging your bag over your shoulder before walking to the shelf that you got your book, in plain sight of the boy named Zach. You slipped the book back into its rightful place, before sending him a gentle wink and exiting the store.

Jonah, Corbyn and Daniel - who had finally figured out what was happening - burst out into laughter as the scene had unfolded before them. Zach walked back to the boys with his head hung low. “Don’t ever speak of this moment, ever again,”



anonymous asked:

what do you think ymir, historia and mikasa's instagram would be like if they had one in modern au? headcanons?:)


  • Full of candid shots of her life, and she doesn’t even care if they’re not completely focused. 
  • It’s not as updated as Historia’s IG is, and a lot of the posts are by Historia herself who has taken it upon herself to steal Ymir’s phone to post more on her behalf.
  • There’s probably a picture or two of Ymir herself that Historia took of her sleping or something else mildly embarrassing with a caption that reads, “look at how #cute that #babyface is!” 
  • Ymir would have deleted it but Historia would have been upset so she doesn’t bother, even if it’s not exactly the tough persona she projects to the world.


  • Aesthetic AF.
  • Seriously, her IG looks like a professional owns it. Food, adventures, random nature pics–it’s all super pretty and each picture compliments the page as a whole.
  • Even her pics of herself are nicely angled and have the right amount of lighting and color scheme. 
  • She has a few shots in there of her and Ymir being cute together, but even more than that she has extremely nice photos that she captured of Ymir when she wasn’t looking.


  • Full of pictures of sports-related things, mostly athletic, with the occasional screen cap of a team she supports/likes.
  • Many pictures of her training gear + water bottle with the caption, “back at it,” or something similar. 
  • Her selfies typically involve her in her workout clothes covered in sweat, and there’s a few videos of her beating the shit out of a dummy.
  • Eren is quite popular on her IG as well, though they’re more often than not pictures she’s taken without his permission. Most of them have comments from him on it calling her creepy and how he didn’t even know she was there. 

this is the most artsy-fartsy thing I’ve ever written. I’m mad at myself for writing this. 

In an effort to diversify my writing style, this is written from Connor Murphy’s point of view. 

Word Count: 875

Warnings: physical romance, breakup/ missing a significant other

IN which Connor Murphy misses his (ex)girlfriend.

I miss her. I knitted my character into hers. We shared secrets that I will never share again. We sat on her bed and I complimented all her art work. She pulled out piece after piece of her water colored papers and quickly written poetry. She laughed and blushed and didn’t know how to accept my compliments. I tacked her pages to the wall. She took them down immediately. She was embarrassed of my deep affection. I loved her in a way I cannot describe. As something more than a friend and even more than a lover. We were two pieces of one soul. She was everything I was not and I was everything she was not. We were different… so different that she demanded to be apart forever. She meant everything to me and I know that’s so bad. I shouldn’t let a single person define the world for me… But I do miss it when she did.

I miss it when she used to take my hand and bring me closer to her. She always wanted to be close to me when we talked, as if everything she said to me was extremely important. She’d look me in the eyes… no one ever looked me in the eyes but she did… And when she looked me in the eyes she’d tell me that she wanted me to be okay.

“I want you to be okay, Connor. You don’t have to be fantastic… just trying being okay. For me?” She’d whisper to me.

“I’m okay because you’re here,” I’d whisper back. My hands used to settle on her hips, the forgiving fabric of her t-shirt soft against my weathered hands.

“That’s not how it’s supposed to be,” She’d reply. Her words would barely be audible, but I could hear it. I always heard everything she said. Everything she said was like honey to me. It was rich and pure and of the deepest contrast to me.

Her eyes used to grow sad when looking at me. I knew it was out of pity. She felt so damn sorry for me all the time. I’m glad she doesn’t have to be so sad for me all the time now. I remember sometimes she would sneak into my room at night and crawl into bed besides me. I’d hold her closely and we wouldn’t talk for a long while. I would run my fingers through her hair and feel her tears on my bare arm.

“I’m so sorry that they don’t understand, Connor. I’m so sorry…” She’d say to me. Her words were kind and easy to hear. She’d always apologize for the things I was going through, forever feeling like it was her fault that I had a shitty life. It wasn’t her fault. It was her that made me forget about my terrible life.

“Not everyone has to understand,” I’d reply to her. Sometimes she’d kiss me then, her hands finding their place in my hair. Her lips searching for something good in me. My hands would be on her back, unable to pull her any closer because she had already closed the gap between us. And we’d close our eyes and the world would be quiet. All that was left was her. Her underneath me. Her fingers digging into my shoulders. She was poetry to me. Our bodies creating perfect thoughts that people would admire if written out on a page. Her touch was like black ink sinking into my soul and conjuring up the deepest of catharsis. And she would look up at me, her mouth open like I had given her the perfect ending to her prose.

But every poem has its end. And every poet eventually stops writing. I couldn’t blame her for growing away from me. I do the very same thing to myself when the weather in my head gets stormy.

“I promise I’ll always write about you. I can’t escape the way you make me feel… and we all know that the only way poets feel is through their pens on paper,” She told me one afternoon. I was so pissed that I could have torn down a wall with my bare hands. I didn’t understand why she would want to leave me. And now I know that she didn’t understand why she wanted to leave me either. It was something we did, I guess. We wrote poetry and then destroyed it.

This morning she sent me a letter in the mail, telling me that she’s coming back to town. My heart stirred as I read her letter because I couldn’t wait to see her again. She wrote a poem at the bottom of her letter, decorating it with blue watercolored raindrops. The poem read:

The oceans crash, just like our love.

The evening fades just like your touch.

And I am trying to figure out what you have done

To make me leave, along with the sun

It is me who sent myself away, I know this is true

With everyone else that is what I do

But what have I done to make this cease?

After all, it is was not I but you who was in love with a beast

Hey my little gremlins! I just reached 800 followers and because I’m too grateful for all this support and I want to celebrate you guys, I decided to make a BIRTHDAY PAGE!!!!



  • You’ll be added to my BIRTHDAY PAGE.
  • A spot on my updates tab during your whole birthday month (if at the time, I have update tabs).
  • A special birthday message + a blog compliment.
  • Something made by me for you:
    • A drabble/oneshot with any character you like for your birthday.
    • A set of three icons.
  • My love and affection on your special day.

Thank you so much for engange in this and don’t hesitate to ask me anything in case you have any doubts!


We had our birthday party for August today!

If you haven’t read Wonder, August is the main character, and the theme of the story is to always choose to be kind. We are nearly finished reading the book as a class (which I was able to do thanks to all of you amazing people who donated copies of the book to my class)!

To celebrate August’s birthday, each kid (and teacher) had a sign taped to their back where other people could write kind “anonymous” comments. They were told they weren’t expected to write on every person’s back, but if they saw someone with just one or two things written, they should write on that person’s.

I wasn’t sure how this would go but these kids were absolutely eager to write positive things on each other. I actually had to stop them because we ran out of time, and every single kid (all 52 of them) had a full page of compliments taped to their backs! They were all sad that we had to stop, but then they were excited because I told them they got to take their sign off and read their compliments AND keep their sign to take home with them. PLUS they got to eat a cupcake to finish up the party.

All in all, it was definitely a successful and uplifting activity that I look forward to doing with future classes.

anonymous asked:

Rung with an artistic s/o who enjoys drawing because he's so cute!!!


  • He loves to watch you draw. He thinks the faces you make while you’re concentrating are adorable
  • He’ll get really flustered if you draw him. He insists that you don’t have to, and doesn’t want you to feel pressured to do it. If you do it anyway, he’s super grateful and happy
  • If you let him, he enjoys looking through your sketchbooks, and will stop at random pages to compliment your art. If you don’t want him to, he won’t push for you to show him. He respects your boundaries

Don’t let anyone stop you from drawing what you like! You’re not hurting anyone!

Whaat? But I don’t wanna turn off asks! How will you guys talk to me then???

Aaaaaa, I feel so honored!! Thank you, thank you, thank youuu!!! ♥

PLEASE, don’t do that! I’m okay with you downloading the images for your personal reading, on your computer/phone

But please do not print my pages. 

Thank you!


I went to go and see the end of year show for BA Graphics Design at Nottingham Trent University in June. I was unfortunately unable to make it to the end of year show for Visual Communication at AUB and they didn’t have one at Trent. 

I was slightly surprised by the book and type project brief they were set, but I found it really interesting to have a look at their interpretations and ideas. The one I liked the best is shown in the second to fifth images, I loved the way the books were layed out, the way the type was created on the front and how it was a fairly minimalist set up. I thought how each page was different from the last with how many ‘pages’ it split into, how you could turn one without having to turn the rest and the work displayed still made sense. 

I really like the small inlays of tracing paper in the sixth and seventh images; they don’t have imagery complimenting the page, they have text overlapping and wobbling over certain sentences underneath and very few on each piece of tracing paper too making it more impactful, which I liked better than the idea of having imagery over the top.  

In the eighth image, they created three separate ‘books’, each about different places but they stuck to the same recipe; same layout and columns, image size and type. I liked this because it showed them as a set and made the whole display look more cohesive.  

The display shown in image number nine was one of the only ones I saw throughout the whole final show that created their own type. I was creative and cute and that fit with the whole aesthetic of the display; it wasn’t jarring like some with cute displays and ‘out-there’ imagery, they fit their final display perfectly with their final piece. Something I loved about this was the fact that they didn’t use the same range of lines and curves to create the letters, each one was different and unique with no repeating patterns. 

The final image I have shown is there to show the range of creative books that they made. It isn’t overly difficult, but I think it has been done so well and finished brilliantly. 

Overall I thought it was a great show. It was interesting to see the differences between the courses though I am still frustrated that I couldn’t make it to a Vis Com end of year show. One of the things I loved, that was consistent throughout, was the displays; they were all exactly the same size, same shape (and at an angle with the corner in the centre) and to see how people worked with them in such different ways was great. I haven’t been to many end of year shows, but those that I have been to have had differing areas for each student, one flat wall to work with and whatever table they can fit in the space in front. Again I haven’t been to many, but it was nice to see something different with the layouts.