Using Your Studio Journal – Part Two

Using Your Studio Journal – Part Two

Have you been using your journal? Have you tried anything new? Here are a few more ideas.

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Paste inspirational paintings beside your to do lists.

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Sketch a rock or shell. Try out black gesso and cover with colored pencil.

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Cut up strips of black paper and make a design. Paste it in the journal.

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If you use paper towels when you’re dying, save them and paste them into your journal. Add more paint as desired.

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Make a collage with various paper or even strips of fabric , add writing, stamps or stencils or paint.

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Paste in inspirational photos and consider how you can use these in your work. Here I was thinking about three-dimensional shapes with machine embroidery.

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Paste in photos from nature and use those to sketch ideas for further design.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHere I made a stamp from the butterfly wings inspiration. Add quotes that are meaningful to you.

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Visit a museum and “copy” a master’s work. Or find a photo of the master’s work online. Here is a watercolor sketch based on Van Gogh’s painting.

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Find different colors in pages of magazines and tear them out. Use those colors to transition from one color to another. Paste them into your journal. I did blue to yellow but choose anywhere on the color wheel.

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If you’re traveling, save brochures, tickets and other ephemera to paste into your journal. Add your thoughts or small sketches. The sketch/doodle in the top left corner was inspired by the tattoo on the neck of the woman in front of me.

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Make rough sketches of ideas for creating. I was thinking about what different shapes could be made from one resist.

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Look closely at items around you and sketch their shapes. These are pieces of bark I found on a walk one day.

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Occasionally a technique you try from a book really turns out better than you had ever expected.  I hope you’ll try some of these ideas in your journal. I really enjoy using mine and then I love to look back and get ideas from years past. All of the photos from these journals were from 3-4 years ago. But they are ideas that I could still use now. Some will develop and others won’t but it’s an excellent way to encourage your creativity.

12 thoughts on “Using Your Studio Journal – Part Two

  1. Those were all wonderful illustrations. I am more into writing in mine. I write little poems or thoughts or song titles to get my thoughts processed. But the visual stimulation of your sketches would probably be helpful.

    1. Some of my finished pieces are like that too! 🙂 I’m always amazed when something comes out really good in the journal.

  2. I know i should !!! Your journal pages look so cool ruth and it would be really great to look back at some of things you did years ago and become inspired all over again 🙂

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