Beach Themed Art Journal Page

Beach Themed Art Journal Page

I made a little video about how I made this page or you can just see the photos below.


Beach Themed Art Journal Page

To make this page I first chose a photo from a beach trip that I loved and printed it 5″ x 7″.  You could use any size photo you like, of course.

Then I thought of a bunch of words that reminded me of the beach.

Beach Themed Art Journal Page

Then I used watercolors and painted all the words as a background on the page.

Beach Themed Art Journal Page

Then I simply attached the photo in the middle.  You can place your photo anywhere you like.

Maybe you’re not a beach person.  You can use this same technique for any photo.  Just make a list of words that represent the photo and paint them as a background in colors to go with the photo.

On Tuesday I’ll share how I used this page as inspiration for a piece of jewelry (and I’ll even share a video tutorial!)  Get it in your inbox by signing up for my newsletter below and you’ll also get my free Intro to Jewelry Making eCourse!

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My Process: Inspiration to Finished Piece

My Process

I get asked about how I’m inspired to create jewelry pieces, so I made a video to show you!

In this video I’ll show you how I went from inspiration to finished piece including a change I made along the way.

Watch the video:

Here is the art journal page I made that was the inspiration for the jewelry piece:

Summer Haiku Art Journal Page

For the step-by-step tutorial video on how to make the anklet, click here.

We dig deeply into this process in my Inspired eCourse.  Inspired eCourse is an art journal/jewelry making class.

First I give you creativity prompts and art journal prompts.

Then I show you how to take inspiration from your art journal pages to make a map to design jewelry pieces.

Then I show you sketching designs.

Finally, we make jewelry pieces.  (Each week there is a jewelry project that I show you how to make step-by-step.  You can use it as inspiration or a jumping off point for your own designs or make it exactly how I show you step-by-step.)

It’s full of fun and inspiration.

Learn more and sign up here.

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Summer Haiku Art Journal Page

Summer Haiku Art Journal Page

Today I have an art journal prompt for you!

Write a summer haiku.

To write a haiku you just need 3 lines:

  • Line 1 has 5 syllables
  • Line 2 has 7 syllables
  • Line 3 has 5 syllables

I just chose some words that represented summer for me and wrote my haiku.

The page, as you see, is very simple.  I used watercolors and photos.

Now, it’s your turn!  Create an art journal page with a haiku to summer.  If you want to follow my example, choose a photo that also represents summer and then add some color with watercolors or whatever medium you like.

Next week I’ll show you how this page inspired me to make some jewelry!

Inspired eCourse

Want to add an injection of inspiration to your summer?  Check out Inspired eCourse.  We’ll be art journaling and making jewelry for 4 weeks!

I’ll send you an email every Monday morning with the week’s lesson, but you can schedule a time for yourself that works for you to work on the lesson each week.

Start an art journaling practice that you’ll have for a lifetime and learn to take the inspiration from your art journal pages to make your own unique, creative jewelry pieces.

Inspired is an art journaling and jewelry making eCourse.  Each week for 4 weeks you’ll get a creativity activity/art journal prompt.  Then you’ll make an art journal page. Then I show you how to take the inspiration from your art journal page and design a jewelry piece.

Each week you’ll get videos and tons of examples and you also get a step-by-step tutorial for a jewelry piece.

This eCourse only runs once or twice a year and this is your last chance for 2016.

This is great for beginner art journalists.  I’ll show you lots of tips and hints.  This is also great if you’re an art journalist who wants to learn how take the inspiration from your art journals and make jewelry from it.

Learn more:  Inspired eCourse

Art Journal Inspiration: Walt Whitman (plus art journal prompt)

Art Journal Inspiration: Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman has always been a favorite author of mine.  I recently read a book that reminded me of that!

Wonder society

To be honest, I don’t want to tell you too much about the book in case you want to read it.  I can say this book was one of those books I gobbled up almost in one sitting and have been going back through again slowly.

It came at the perfect moment and it has positively impacted my life in many ways.

As a consequence, I have been wanting my own copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.

Now, I could have easily ordered a new copy and had it pretty quickly, but I really wanted a used copy.  I have been watching for it at my local used bookstore and scouring the book section in my local thrift stores.

And then, finally, this week I found it!

Walt Whitman

I almost jumped up and down when I found it in a thrift store!  I was on a treasure hunt and I found my treasure!

It’s a simple thing, a book, but it felt like an adventure to try to find it.  Like I said, I easily could have went on Amazon and ordered it, but that felt too simple and too impersonal.  I wanted a book that had been read and loved before by another Walt Whitman fan.

The art journal page I created is in honor of Walt Whitman and also The Wander Society.

Art Journal Inspiration: Walt Whitman

Art Journal Prompt:

Consider the following questions:

Who is your favorite author?

What is your favorite book?

Who is your favorite character from a book?

Or it doesn’t have to be your favorite.  Have you read a great book recently?

Make an art journal page.  You could include quotes like I did, draw, collage, make a list, whatever you like!  Think of unique ways you can express your feelings about the book (or author or character.)

And when you’re done, come back here and leave a comment – you can upload a photo of your page in the comments as well!

How to Start an Art Journal

Not sure how to get started with art journaling?  Check out this post to help you get started.

And see all my art journal related posts for inspiration here.

Then check out my Inspired eCourse.

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Inspired eCourse gives you creativity activities and art journal prompts then I show you how to take the inspiration out of your art journal pages to design your own beautiful jewelry.

The next session starts on July 25, 2016.

Learn more about Inspired eCourse here.

There is a payment plan available for easy weekly payments.

Note:  This eCourse is not available all the time.  I run it once or twice a year.

How to Start an Art Journal

How to Start an Art Journal

Inspired eCourse (available here) is an art journal/jewelry making class.  Since many of you make jewelry and may not be as familiar with art journals, I wanted to give a little introduction to art journaling.

What is an art journal?

If you spend any amount of time on Pinterest, you could be overwhelmed by all the beautiful art journal pages you find there. In fact, it may stop you from even starting because you think there’s no way that you can make something that beautiful.

But that’s not really what art journaling is about.

Well…it can be.  And I’m not going to stop you from making gorgeous pages, obviously.

But for me art journaling is more about experimentation. It’s about trying out things. Trying out things in different ways. Making a mess and finding one thing to love about it and then trying that one thing in a different way.

It’s about recording my observations and inspirations.

It’s about expressing myself, my creativity and my feelings.

You can share your art journal or you can keep it completely private.  You’ll find me sharing my art journal pages here on this blog, but I don’t share every page.

What do you need to get started?

Journal or Paper

You can use any kind.  I have used all kinds of art journals and I actually have several going at one time.  (Don’t feel like you need to, though.)

You can start with just a piece of paper.  You make a bunch of pages on loose paper and then bind them together.  Sometimes it’s easier to start with just a piece of paper because you don’t have that block you get from using a new journal.

You can make your own journal.

Basically anything will do, but you need to consider the kinds of things you’ll be doing in your journal and the thickness of the paper.  If you’re going to be doing a lot of wet things in your art journal, find the thickest paper you can.

(Hint:  When I get a new journal I often don’t want to use it right away because I’m afraid of “ruining” it or I don’t know what to put on the first page.  So instead of worrying about that first page, I simply skip the first page and start on the next page.  You can go back to the first page later after you have other pages done and feel more confident.  Often I don’t ever even go back and use the first page.)


You’ll need a pen to use in your art journal.  I most often use an ultra fine point sharpie most often.  I buy them in bulk and keep them on hand all the time.

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Okay, so seriously at this point you’re ready to art journal.  You can do so much with just those two things.  You can draw, doodle, and write.  But if you want to do more with your art journal, read on . . .

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How to Start an Art Journal

Artsy Supplies

Paint (acrylic or watercolor), markers, color pencils, crayons, etc.

If you’re new to this, I highly recommend trying out one of the artsy supplies and not overwhelming yourself right away with every possible supply.  If I had to choose only one for my art journal, I would choose watercolors. It’s also a lot of fun to play with crayons or color pencils.

(Hint:  See this tip for finding out what colors you like to use!)

How to Start an Art Journal


I love adding little bits of a paper to my art journal pages.  Most often, this is stuff I’ve picked up through the day like receipts or wrappers from products.  I also like to use old magazines, junk mail, stamps, scraps of scrapbooking paper, old sheet music and anything else I find.

(Hint:  You can often find old magazines at the library for free!)


To cut up the ephemera!

How to Start an Art Journal


Don’t get too hung up with this.  A simple glue stick is a great place to start.  I use tape runners most often (you can find them with the scrapbook supplies in craft stores or really any place that sells office supplies.)

I also use Mod Podge, matte medium or a wet scrapbooking glue.

What to art journal about?

You can find examples my art journal pages here to help you get started. (I often give prompts with the pages.)

And, of course, I have to mention my Inspired eCourse that has art journal prompts and creativity boosters.

Just experiment and play in your art journal and see what happens.

Inspired eCourse

Love art journaling and jewelry making or want to explore them more?

Inspired eCourse gives you creativity activities and art journal prompts then I show you how to take the inspiration out of your art journal pages to design your own beautiful jewelry.

Learn more about Inspired eCourse here.