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Tip #1. Skip the First Page
When starting in a new art journal, you may feel the pressure to create a really great first page, because you know you’re going to see it every time you open up that journal. So instead of putting that unnecessary pressure on yourself, simply skip the first page and start working on another. You don’t have to work in order!
Tip #2. Prep Some Pages
Many art journals require you to prep the pages with gesso before you can even begin. So when feeling stuck, go ahead and prep some more pages. Sometimes the simple act of taking a step forward gets you in motion to continue going. If not, move on to prepping your pages with background color. Get messy and slap some paint on a few pages! Drip, splatter, spray, or try out a new background technique. A colorful page is much less intimidating than a blank one!
Tip #3. Don’t Over Think
Keep in mind that art journaling is for YOU, its not meant to be a masterpiece. Don’t over think your first or next step, just begin and keep moving. You can always go over areas you don’t like with more layers.
Tip #4. Go For “Bad”
Just for fun, challenge yourself to make a “bad” or ugly page on purpose. Perhaps even journal about the things you don’t like. Removing the pressure to create a beautiful page will loosen you up to get started, and you may even end up liking the page!
Above is a sneak peek at Glitter N Glue’s art journal page.
Tip #5. Skip the Blank Book
If all else fails, perhaps you need to skip the blank book and start with a book that already has color or images on the pages. You can try using a hardbound book from a thrift shop, a handmade book that was created using recycled pages, or make your own!
Above is a sneak peek at one of Johwey Redington’s beautiful journals.
What else can you do when you find yourself stuck staring at a blank page? Share in the comments below!
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