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30 Things You Can Add to Your Art Journal

Art journals can be decorated, simple, planned out, spontaneous, and a great outlet for stress. Here are some ideas for you to add to your own art journal.

1. Collage. Using magazines, newspapers, old books, posters, prints off the internet, you can make fabulously artistic pages.  

2. Sew-on Decor. Instead of using glue, Mod Podge, or tape, try using thread to sew pictures onto the pages. It will give it a vintage, textured look.

3. Tea Stain. If you take a tea bag and steep it in hot water for a little, you can stain the pages to make the pages look old. Different teas make different colors, so experiment!

4. Paint. Water-color painting, acrylic painting, finger painting, or whatever the medium of paint is that you choose. Get in there and paint the pages however you want!

5. Sketch. Not all pages have to be pops of colors and textures. You can have pages of beautiful simple sketches.  

6. Stamp. If you don’t have stamps, it’s easy to make your own. Search for some DIY stamps.

7. Nature. Tape or glue pieces of nature into your pages. Flowers, grass, leaves, or twigs. 

8. Masking Tape. Make a pattern on the page with masking tape and color, paint, or doodle over the pattern. Take the tape off when you’re done to see the amazing pattern underneath. 

9. Doodle. Draw anything and everything. Try using pens or markers instead of pencil. Make mistakes and live with them because mistakes are beautiful.

10. Outline Objects. Take a roll of tape, a phone case, pictures, or anything around you and outline them with pens, markers, or Sharpies. Overlap the shapes for an interesting effect. 

11. Washi Tape. Decorate the pages with borders, wrap it around the edges, or create shapes. 

12. Trace. If you have thin enough pages, you can trace shapes, images, and scenes. Just don’t claim that the tracing was your own art because that’s not cool. 

13. Blow Paint. Glob some paint with some water and use a straw to blow the paint around the page. 

14. Pastels. Experiment with pastels. Mix them with water, rubbing alcohol, or just smudge and mix them together. 

15. Stencils. Use stencils to design pages with shapes and images. You can experiment by using paints or by overlapping. 

16. Stickers. Plaster an entire page with stickers if you want or use them sparingly. It’s your call. 

17. Divide the Page. Use a ruler or a flat edge to divide the page into various sizes of shapes. Color each shape in differently. 

18. Etch. Etching is a technique in which you place an object under the page and shade over it. The final outcome is really amazing. 

19. Sharpies. Scribble, sketch, doodle or experiment by mixing the Sharpies with rubbing alcohol. 

20. Glitter. Throw some glitter (make it rain) on some wet paint, glue, or water-brushed pages. 

21. Scribble. Exactly what it says. 

22. Burn the Page. This one you need to be careful with because you could ruin the whole book. Take a lighter or a match and just gently burn the edges of the page to make it look old. 

23. Outline Your Hands. By outlining your hands, you are making a page that no one else can…unless they have the same size hand as you.

24. Sponge. Dip a sponge in paint and press it on the page all over. 

25. Make A Comic. Who says you have to draw out a comic? Collage it or paint it! Or just draw it because that’s pretty too. 

26. Zentangles. If you aren’t sure what these are, just look them up. They are fun and are said to help people calm down. 

27. Your Own Pictures. Add your own personal images of friends, family, yourself into your artwork. 

28. Quotes. You can write them yourself, print them out, cut them from magazines, or cut them from books. 

29. Maps. This might be difficult for those who don’t have maps or atlases. Mod Podge pieces of maps to the pages. 

30. Mixed Media. Combine any of the previous suggestions for a fantastic piece that you’ll be proud of.


‘Now the Arkenstone has drawn him here. He will never be rid of his need for it. He hates and loves the gem as he hates and loves himself. Thorin’s life was a sad story. He was destined to be a great leader before the Arkenstone found him. Before it drove him mad.’


The Disney book I’m most excited for?

Maps of the Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California to Shanghai

Maps of the Disney theme parks are more than just atlases used by guests to find their way to the nearest restroom. They’re snapshots of a place and time, relics treasured by collectors, and gorgeous pieces of artwork. After all, it was a map – imagined by Walt Disney and drawn by Herbert Ryman – that was used to sell the idea of Disneyland to investors.

Maps of the Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California to Shanghai by Vanessa Hunt, Susan Neary and Kevin Neary is bursting with beautiful maps dating back to Disneyland’s opening day in 1955, right up to the recent opening of Shanghai Disneyland. It features dozens of gorgeous full-page spreads, as well as some fold-out reprints of vintage maps!

What a cool way to discover details on how and why the domestic and international parks have changed over time, and enjoy six decades worth of skillful creativity.

You can pre-order Maps of The Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years From California to Shanghai on Amazon now. Click here for more info!

I’ve seen a few posts going around lately with all the pretty book maps and decided to do my own with some of my favorites because who doesn’t love book maps?

The maps are from Ranger’s Apprentice, The Lord of the Rings, Six of Crows, The Kingkiller Chronicle, The Queen’s Thief series, Inkheart, The Books of Bayern, The Eagle of the Ninth, The Princess Bride, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Inheritance Cycle.

Children did not abandon comics; comics, in their drive to attain respect and artistic accomplishment, abandoned children.

Michael Chabon, in his essay Kids’ Stuff published in Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands. The quote is somewhat reductive - which is my fault, as it’s presented here out of context of the entire piece - though its main point is true, I think.

I’m re-reading it right now because of a quote I saw posted from the intro musing on genre writing/reading, and whether a piece of art aiming to entertain is therefor less serious, or less meaningful.

#bookreadhappyhour August Book Photo Challenge••

Day 14: Map Monday.

Who doesn’t love books with maps in them?! If I had my own room I’d probably have a whole wall (or perhaps the ceiling?!?) dedicated to bookish maps. Can you guess which books these maps are from? 😊❤️📚

the last of the mohicans : timeline


  • July: Uncas, Chingachgook, and Hawkeye travel to Glimmerglass to see where his father rescued his mother from the Mingos. 


  • Spring: George Munro is put in command of Fort William Henry.
  • September 25: The Munro Sisters arrive in Albany.
  • August 1: Duncan arrives in Albany. Uncas, Chingachgook, and Nathaniel visit the Cameron’s Cabin.
  • August 2: Duncan and the Munro sisters leave Albany with Magua as their guide. The courier arrives from Albany to speak with the Mohawk. Uncas and Nathaniel play lacrosse.
  • August 3: Uncas, Chingachgook, and Nathaniel leave the Cameron’s cabin and start to head west for Cantukee. The siege on Fort William Henry begins.
  • August 4: Uncas, Chingachgook, and Nathaniel rescue Alice, Cora, and Duncan from the Huron War Party. They originally intend to sleep at the Cameron’s cabin but come to find the family has been murdered by the Ottawa. Set up camp that night on a burial ground.
  • August 6: Uncas, Chingachgook, Nathaniel, Alice, Cora, and Duncan arrive at Ft. William Henry at night. Uncas gets his wound bandaged, they help to ensure the courier gets out to send news to Fort Edward. 
  • August 7: Nathaniel and Jack Winthrop go to Munro and ask if the colonial militia can go home to their farmstead to ensure their families safety. Munro refuses. Nathaniel and his friend’s plan an escape, but Nathaniel decides to stay because of Cora. Later that night, he is arrested by Munro’s guards.
  • August 8: Cora speaks with her father about Nathaniel, but Munro insists he is guilty of sedition and must pay the price for his actions. She goes to visit him with prison and spends the night by his cell.
  • August 9: Munro officially surrenders to Montcalm in the early hours of the morning. Montcalm allows the British to live, as long as the British soldiers go back to England and the civilian militia go back to their farms. Magua meets Montcalm at night and they discuss a Huron ambush to take place the next day.
  • August 10: The second massacre occurs. Uncas, Chingachgook, and Nathaniel rescue Alice, Cora, and Duncan from the Huron War Party for a second time. They hide beneath the falls, hoping to lose the trail of the Hurons. However, Magua captures the girls and Duncan beneath the falls that night. Starts trek to Huron village in Madawaska.
  • September 13: Magua takes Cora, Alice, and Duncan to meet the Huron. Their fates are decided and Magua begins his trek to the Huron of the Lake with Alice in tow.
  • September 13: Uncas catches up to the Magua and his small band of Huron. Uncas, Alice, and Magua die.
  • September 14: Uncas and Alice are buried. Cora and Nathaniel are married. Chingachgook proclaims he is the last of the Mohicans.