Free Summer Art Journaling Series…Getting Started

My girls are finally out of school…let summer vacation begin! It feels like this school year just flew by. Now the question is: How do I keep the girls busy this summer? With my free Summer Art Journaling Series, of course.

beginning art journaling ideas, prompts

I chose CREATE as my One Word for 2015. And this Summer Art Journaling Series is definitely going to help me focus on that word!

Before we begin I want to clarify a few things. This series is geared more to those beginning their art journal process, and it is a great way to introduce kids to creating their own art journal. There are no costly supplies to buy. There are no rigorous lesson plans. This series is simply ideas to get you on your way to art journaling. There will be prompts, examples, a few techniques, and some freebie downloads along the way.

The goal is not to focus on the finished product but rather, to enjoy the process of creating a summer art journal.

Let’s talk about supplies.

I live is a household with two creative kids. We have a lot of supplies on-hand. But, we have been slowly adding little things here and there from dollar bins (Target and Michael’s). Also, I buy the inexpensive $5-$8 set of colored pencils and markers, versus the artist series which cost three times as much. The last thing I want is to spend a lot of money to have marker lids left off and dry out. Know what I mean?

Buy as much or as little as you like. Really, all you need to get started is a good black fine point marker and an art journal. Those are my favorite tools.

art journaling supplies

NUMBER ONE ADVICE: Gather all your supplies in one place. Nothing derails creativity more than having to stop and hunt for a pencil or working markers. This works for me: use one of those tubs with a handle, the kind used for cleaning supplies, to store art supplies. It’s a better use of the tub anyway. 😉

Basic supplies we always have on-hand are:

  • black markers, like Sharpie (water resistant markers if you are using watercolors on top of the markers)
  • pens in various colors (my favorite is PaperMate Ink Joy)
  • various colored markers
  • colored pencils, watercolor pencils are nice too
  • glue sticks
  • washi tape
  • watercolor paints (basic set)
  • stickers
  • ruler and compass
  • scissors
  • stacks of old magazines

Get a good quality art journal. This is important because you will want a journal that can withstand different types of mediums. From pens, to markers, to rubber stamps, to watercolor paint. It is important that the pages are thick so that the medium does not bleed through to the other side of the sheet. We use a Mixed Media Paper with a Vellum Surface. The paper has a smooth finish. We are using a 5.5″ x 8.5″ spiral bound book by Strathmore 300 Series, but pick the size that works for you.

Now for the fun stuff.

Get creative with journaling prompts. Think of art journaling prompts as creative assignments. Use them to get your brain thinking creatively.

summer art journaling prompts

Click the image above to download your FREE Summer Art Journaling Prompts. There are 22 creative assignments that are great for you and the kids!

PROMPT: 5 Things To-Do This Summer.

Make a list of your top 5 things to-do this summer. I am loving the graphicness of using just a black marker to create my page. Right now my art journal is full of black and white, because that is what I like.

Always be true to your own creative style. Do what makes you happy. Experiment with different mediums to find your own unique style. There is no right or wrong way to create.

Art Journaling prompts

That is just one of the prompts from my free art journaling prompts list. Also, here are a few more project we have worked on:

art journaling prompts and ideas

Parker has already filled up her first art journal. That girl is inspired…a lot!

art journaling for kids

I hope you are feeling inspired to create a Summer Art Journal. And, if you want to follow along, don’t miss a post, subscribe to this blog using the button at the right.

I always love to see what you are doing too. Leave a link to your post on social media in the comments below.

Let’s get creative!

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