Artist’s journals are illustrated diaries and journals on any theme.
When people talk about “art journaling,” that’s what they’re doing… putting art into a diary or journal.
Yes, it’s that simple.
An artist’s journal – or art journal – can be any visual record of your daily thoughts, a travel journal, or an exercise or diet diary.
It could be a dream journal, a place where you jot down your goals or to-do lists, or… well, almost any record that you’d like to keep in a book or notebook.
They become “artist’s journals” when you add any kind of art, illustration or embellishment to the pages.
Above, on this page, is a travel journal page I created after visiting “The Nubble” lighthouse in York, Maine (USA).
It’s a mixed media work, combining sketches, photos, beach glass, shells, and driftwood from that journey.
The original is part of a 9″ x 12″ spiral-bound sketchbook. And yes, with shells, feathers, and driftwood, that art (and travel) journal is very thick and bulky.
When I look at it, or touch it, that page brings back happy memories.