Art Journal Stalemate

Art Journaling has become very trendy over the past few years. I myself have started quite a few, but I always seem to get to a point where I stopped. This bothered me for quite a while as it seems as if I could never get more than just a couple of journal pages before I became bored with it. Until now…


You probably recognize this lil gal from my post on Emotions & Art

After pondering why, I could never seem to really get enthusiastic about art journaling, I finally realized that it was because I am the type who tends to advance quicker and more fluidly when my process has some type of organized thought process behind it.  So I began my own “Girls” Art Journal.


Since beginning this journal on the 10th of June, it seems ideas for new pages are coming to me consistently and I am having such a great time filling my pages.

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This is also a wonderful place for me to test out new color schemes, new products, new theme ideas etc… For example, with the Fall Girl above I wanted to try out a darker skin tone than I typically use. By testing it in my journal, it took the pressure off and allowed me just to be free to experiment.

My next page spread I wanted to see how I would like using colored pencil for part and then watercolor paints for other parts. Just me testing a different way to come up with skin tone and textures, so my Mermaid Girl was created.



My latest girl, the Naturalist Girl, was a mixture of watercolor crayons, paints, acrylic marker pens and colored pencils. My focus on her was to make her more whimsical.



Now that I finally figured out why the journals were so hard for me to stick with my mind is jumping ahead to other theme type journals I could do. It feels so nice when you finally figure out what it was that had you at a standstill.


How about you? How do you motivate yourself to work in your art journal(s)? Do you use prompts? Do you do theme’s? Maybe you prefer having one journal for everything? What motivates you to keep filling up your pages? I would love to hear from you.


Hugs & Love – Ranae’

5 thoughts on “Art Journal Stalemate

  1. Your journal pages are lovely! I have many journals and none of them are filled. I was jumping from one to the other until I started a character journal. I haven’t worked in any of my others since. Not sure how long that will last, but for now, I’m staying focused on the character journal. 🙂

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    • I think for me it’s better to do theme type journals. It just seems to flow best for me that way. Even if the theme is more generalized, such as Word Art, Animals, dry media, etc… Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 😀 Hugs & Love

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  3. Ranae!

    I love your stick-to-it-ness!!! You know I’m always all over the place and have little fits where I don’t finish a lot of things. I love your ability to overcome the little nuisances that can plague artists. Your journal is amazing and the progression of your girls is so cool to see!!!


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    • HUgs, thanks hun. I used to be the same way, always putting everything to the side and giving up on it. Then one day it all just fell into place, and now I am just too stubborn to give up or to let a piece overtake my mind set. Journals can help with that though, as your journal is to be just a play place, without the pressures of being something for market, needing to be completed, neat, etc… It’s a mindset and the journaling helped me get there, though it took awhile. 😀


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