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Last time I showed you a few of my favorite background techniques. So you got some color down… now what? If you’re new to art journaling, or creating in general, here’s where it’s easiest to get stuck. So today, I want to share with you a few examples of different ways you can add a focal point to your art journal page.
I share these with you, not so that you feel the need to make your pages look like these, but to lay out some options for your heart to call you towards when you’re in the moment of creating. The more you practice in your journal, the more your heart will know what brings it joy; the more your heart will have confidence to steer you in the right direction in expressing yourself.
And remember, art journaling pages don’t have to look beautiful or even finished. It’s all about getting out what needs to be expressed in the moment, no matter how pretty or messy.
As you’re learning to trust yourself, these examples may help to spark some inspiration:
The first and probably most obvious idea is to use a large focal image like these ladies have done here.
(by Cathy Bluteau)
(by Jessica Sporn)
Or, you can use your journaling to fill the page like Paula and Kate did.
(by Paula Bogdan)
Sometimes just a simple quote can be pretty striking too.
If you’re in the mood to doodle, black doodles look great over a colored background!
(by Francoise Melzani)
Putting a collage together with magazine clippings and photographs is a fun way to add bold imagery.
But sometimes all you need is one simple word to make a real statement.
(by Ingrid Murray)
And on rare occasions… the background itself just feels finished.
(by Erin Partridge)
I hope these have sparked at least one idea for you today! Just remember to have fun in your art journal. It’s all about expressing yourself, not about creating a beautifully appealing page. Enjoy the process!
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