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Creating a personal journal

Art journals are something that you can create for yourself - they shouldn't be seen as self-indulgent, but something that is worthwhile, important and very creative.

They do not "have to come our right" see them as a journey, as a companion, a muse and a soul mate.

[Perrella, L, 2004, Artists' journals & sketchbooks: exploring and creating personal pages, Quarry Books, Glouchester, MA]

Start by looking for the book you want to use ... it could be a purchased one, or even one you make yourself. The choice of materials you can use to make your entries are many and varied - pen, pencils, stamps and stencils, just to name a few. Keep all your supplies in a box and put together a travelling supply kit, so you can always add to your journal wherever you are. For more ideas have a look in our eReserve section for what you can use.

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Books about artist's journals can be found at: 702.81


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