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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.


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!

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.

The time has come… finally I’m uploading a selfie to tumblr.

So here I am, at the 2017 Spring Mondocon, Budapest.


‘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.’

what the signs' bedrooms probably look like
  • aries: either really really messy or really really clean, nice big desk and a swivel chair (swivel chairs are the best), shelves with some really cool stuff they've collected, probably posters of their favourite games/bands/sports teams
  • taurus: a lot of pillows and a super soft bed, either a walk-in-closet or one of those slidey door closets with mirrors as the doors, a radio and probably a books/magazines scattered on their desks
  • gemini: perfect combination of cozy and modern, huge bed and a nice bookshelf stuffed with books, curtains with funky patterns, big window for a lot of natural light
  • cancer: very crowded, posters of bands and their favourite celebrities and photos of their friends all over the walls, a bed that looks like it would devour you if you sat on, it, fuzzy carpets and drawing/craft supplies let loose everywhere
  • leo: either super clean and mature or they still have the same room as they did ten years ago, big curtains and a big bed in the centre of the room, shelves full of their favourite things and a beautiful chest of drawers for their clothes
  • virgo: a lot of blankets and pillows, huge desk covered with all the things they're doing, some hand made crafts for decorations, probably have a dream catcher
  • libra: either cut-outs from their favourite magazine or a map of the world/map from their favourite tv show or book, big desk, average size but super comfy bed, a huge bookcase either filled with books or things they've collected
  • scorpio: everything is probably colour coordinated and symmetrical, huge bed in the middle of the back wall and shelves/drawers where they keep their stuff, probably have some sort of instrument in their room somewhere, must have a radio/something that plays music
  • sagittarius: really indie, either rustic and wooden or indie or clean, modern and dark, probably has a tv, has a giant desk and the comfiest chair every, a sofa to lounge and read/nap on, bed and a side cabinet that match each other
  • capricorn: everything is either scattered everywhere or allocated different corners of the room, bed off to the side somewhere with a desk next to it and a chest of drawers/closet on the other side, boxes under their beds of things they could never throw away
  • aquarius: probably quite messy, huge soft bed and a cabinet on each side, slidey closet with wooden doors and a funky shaped mirror on the wall under another cabinet where they store all their keep-sakes
  • pisces: probably has a lot of things on the floor, but a very homey cozy vibe, sofa somewhere to chill out on and the biggest bed you've ever seen, has a shelf with the cool things they've collected

Created this piece for my maps class. The assignment was to pick a chapter from the book  “On the Map” and then depict an aspect of its contents. I chose the chapter on Treasure Island and treasure maps in general. There was a passage that stuck with me, describing how most treasure seekers don’t find any treasure on their expeditions. Rather, their experiences and comradery are what make the voyage truly valuable, if they live to see the journey’s end.

we’re bumper to bumper.
you look ahead,
the red light glowing with purpose.
your hand reaches for the glove compartment;
but you forgot the map.
our only option is to take another route.