10 Beautiful Benevolent Journal Artists

10 Beautiful Benevolent Journal Artists

adjective: well meaning and kindly.
synonyms: kindhearted, big-hearted, good-natured, good, benign, compassionate, caring, altruistic, humanitarian, philanthropic

There are so many talented women sharing their love for art journaling, but I wanted to pay special tribute to the journal artists who seem to have a true love for teaching and believe with all their hearts that creativity is a necessity in everyone’s life. These women, who like me, believe in giving real value for free and truly want to help others. If you want to learn more about art journaling and how to use it to become your truest self, you should definitely check out these generous gals’ websites {listed in no particular order} for inspiration, tutorials, communities, and so much more!

Effy Wild Art

Effy WildEffy Wild

Effy is a true believer that art journaling is a powerful tool for healing and self-discovery; as she’s experienced it firsthand. Now she helps others dig deep with art journaling and “come back with an artfully created healing salve for the things that stand between you and living the one wild and precious life you’ve got.” Visit her website and YouTube channel for inspiration, tutorials, insights on life, and so much more. Join her Facebook tribe to connect and share with a beautiful group of spiritual creatives who embrace art as a soulful practice.

Blog: http://effywild.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/effythewild/videos
Community: The Glitterhood Facebook Group
Currently Offering: Book of Days Boot Camp

Tammy Garcia Art

Tammy GarciaTammy Garcia

As an advocate for creativity, Tammy believes that it’s one of the keys to happiness. Visit her blog, and you’ll never be without inspiration again! She hosts a myriad of challenges; her current ones being the Daily Paper Prompt (which I’ll be definitely starting soon myself!), and The Moments photo challenge. She also offers tons of tips and prompts for art journaling. Her Facebook community offers accountability and encouragement to get you creating daily.

Blog: http://daisyyellowart.com/
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/gypsy999/videosvideos
Community: Daisy Yellow Facebook Group
Currently Offering: Daisy Yellow Zines

Felicia Borges Art

Felicia BorgesFelicia Borges

Felicia is a down to earth gal who gives a lot of insight on living a creative life as she shares stories about her own life’s creative journey. She believes that we are all artists and offers art journaling tutorials, inspiration and tips to help us in our own journeys. She is fairly new to filming tutorial videos compared to the other girls I’ve listed here, but her work is absolutely gorgeous and her passion for creativity is evident; so I’m sure we will see great things from her!

Blog: http://feliciathejournaljunkie.blogspot.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/feliciaborges/videos
Currently Offering: “Paint&Sip” social gatherings in Sacramento

Samie Harding Art

Samie HardingSamie Harding

Diagnosed with a chronic illness at a young age, Samie claims: “Art saved me, and continues to show me an easier, more joyous way through.” Now she aims to lead others to a happier life through art, and offers tons of tutorials, videos, inspiration, and support through her blog, e-courses, and zines. She also offers tips on creating wherever you can {which she dubs “Couch Art”} – perfect for those who have trouble sitting for a long period of time to create or even for those who don’t have studio space.

Blog: http://journalgirl.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/samanthakira/videos
Book: Going Further – Finding Yourself in Creative Art Journaling
Currently Offering: Gelli Print Junk Journal E-Class

Jennibellie Art

JennibellieJenny “jennibellie”

Widely known for her videos, Jenny enjoys teaching and encouraging creativity in others. She believes that everyone has a “solid creative instinct” that might just need a little help to break free occasionally. She offers tons of in depth tutorials on art journaling, book binding, crafting, and more. Her blog series “Tell All Tuesday” goes deep into the hearts of artists from around the world as they talk about becoming who they really are while overcoming obstacles in their creative lives.

Blog: http://jennibelliestudio.blogspot.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/jennibellie
Currently Offering: original artwork, journals, supplies, & more on Etsy

Chelle Stein Art

Chelle SteinChelle Stein

Chelle thinks of art journaling as therapy and believes everyone can benefit from it, even those that don’t feel they are creative. She says “It’s really the process of creating that helps me get everything out of my head, work through problems, let go, and be myself – it’s a wonderful experience I love sharing with others!” Her website offers tons of inspiration, tips, tutorials, and other information to get you started on your own journal, as well as a community to connect and share with others on the same journey.

Blog: http://artjournalist.com/
Community: http://artjournalist.com/forums/

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer Art

Julie Fei-Fan BalzerJulie Fei-Fan Balzer

I like to think of Julie as the “Art Journaling Goddess”… her approach to it is so sensible, simple, and real. Her blog is just overflowing with inspiration, tips, tutorials and more on how you can practice meaningful daily art journaling {and so much more}. She explains, “For me, the point is to open that art journal every single day and do something creative in it — even if it’s just for 10 minutes. It’s half scrapbook/journal and half artistic experimentation/expression. I don’t make any effort to make the pages look pretty.”

Blog: http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/milkcannyc/videos
Community: Art Journal Every Day Blog Series Link-Up
Currently Offering: Getting Started Mini E-Course Series

Diana Trout Art

Diana TroutDiana Trout

Diana encourages a carefree, non-judgmental approach to incorporating journaling and art making into your daily life. On her blog, you’ll find an array of tips and tutorials on art journaling, book binding, fabric art, paper making, eco printing (think smashing flowers to create beautiful colored prints!) and more… as well as insights on taming the inner critic, procrastination and other obstacles we face as creatives.

Blog: http://dianatrout.typepad.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/DianaTro/videos
Book: Journal Spilling
Currently Offering: Tacket Stitch Book Binding E-Course

Ronda Palazzari Art

Ronda PalazzariRonda Palazzari

While Ronda blogs about a wide range of creative endeavors such as scrapbooking, art journaling, stenciling, cooking, traveling, and more, you can’t help but be inspired by her bold colors and encouraging attitude no matter what your favorite medium is. (I especially love her Create Daily blog feature that offers inspiration, tips, and challenges!) She is a huge believer in incorporating a lot of actual journaling in your art journal. “It’s equally important as the art part. Writing stimulates creativity, releases your emotions, and is all part of the process. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like your handwriting, use it anyway. It’s as unique to you as your finger print.”

Blog: http://rondapalazzari.typepad.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/HelpMeRonda/videos
Currently Offering: Technique Classes

Leslie Ackman Art

Leslie AckmanLeslie Ackman

Leslie is an open-hearted mom who is on a journey to wellness as she explores a better way of living her life. Art journaling is a true passion of hers, and she shares how she uses it as a tool in her journey much like I do. Leslie is currently hosting a free e-class on her blog called “Being Me: 52 Weeks of Soul Searching and Loving Me” which is for anyone wanting to add more light in their life, be happier, be healthier, or just be. I’ve been following her along this journey, and it’s been amazing!

Blog: http://wordsofmeproject.blogspot.com/
Currently Offering: 52 Weeks of Being Me

What an amazing group of girls, wouldn’t you say? I am blessed to share space with these awe-inspiring women. Who has inspired you on your art journaling journey?

Interested in learning more about art journaling?
Sign up for my introductory e-course:
Art Journaling 101”.

Stamp Carving 101 – Free Giveaway!

It’s finally here! My Stamp Carving 101 e-book and video class is finally live. I can’t believe how long it took to finish this project, but oh my, was it worth the wait. The interactive package turned out AWESOME! I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Check out the full details of the book here: https://kristalnorton.com/stamp-carving-101/

In celebration of my new book, I’m giving away TWO copies of the interactive pack!

No worries… if you already purchased the pack, and you win, I’ll refund your purchase!

A Closer View – 101+ Creative Journaling Prompts

I want to thank all of you so much for helping to make my new e-book “101+ Creative Journaling Prompts” a success on Amazon. I am overwhelmed with the positive response!

Here’s what people are saying:

“ This book is beyond inspirational. ”

“ The prompts are well organized and I cannot wait to use them
to jump start my creativity. ”

“ I now have the tool to truly
start my journey with 101+ Creative Journaling Prompts. ”

“ What a joy this book is. ”

“ …wonderful list of writing prompts that has me excited to get to
my journaling. ”

If you haven’t checked it out yet, “101+ Creative Journaling Prompts” is an inspiring collection of writing prompts (that you’ll actually want to use!) designed to help you dig deeper to discover more of your true self and to inspire you on those days where you aren’t quite sure what to write about.

But this book is not just a list of prompts, its brimming with other inspiration as well. Such as quick and easy art prompts, a PDF version of all the prompts in the book so that you can print, cut out, and put them in a jar for easy access when you’re feeling stuck, and a bonus video of me creating an art journal page from start to finish using the book for inspiration.

Within the book, I also share pages out of my own personal creative journal that were inspired by the prompts. Viewing them on a device such as the kindle may be hard to see, so I thought I’d share them with you here for a closer view. :)

(Click on the images to view them larger.)

Prompt: “What place do you wish you could visit right now?

Prompt: “As a child, who was your favorite relative and why?

Prompt: “List or journal all the things you love in life.

Prompt: “What have you always been curious about?

Prompt: “If you could make it rain anything besides water, what would it be?

Prompt: “I believe…

Prompt: “Choose one word that describes what you are feeling today and fill your page with it.

Like what you see? Be sure to download my book “101+ Creative Journaling Prompts: Inspiration for Journaling and an Introduction to Art Journaling“.

If you don’t own a kindle, no worries! Click HERE for an app from Amazon that will allow you to read kindle books on your computer, iphone, and more!

I hope it inspires you to fill your journal with deep, meaningful entries that will allow you to find clarity and self awareness to live a more fulfilling, beautiful life!

“Journal It” Book Review + Giveaway

(click here if you can’t view the video)

I’m so excited, because I received two copies of the awesome brand new art journaling book called “Journal It! – Perspectives in Creative Journaling” in the mail the other day. One for me, and one for you! This very inspiring book by Jenny Doh is perfect for beginners or for those who are curious about art journaling. It features 19 amazing artists, some of whom I have been following for years and simply adore, and some of whom I have never heard of but am falling in love with!

One of the things that I absolutely love about this book, is that each artist explains WHY they art journal. It’s interesting to see how diverse their answers are… from using it to heighten their awareness to using it to convey their emotions, and everything in between.

As different as their reasons are for journaling, their techniques and styles are even more diverse. I could just flip through the book over and over looking at all the images. Not only is it inspiring, but it’s encouraging to see that everyone has their own unique way to art journal. There is no one right way to do it. There are even step by step directions for each of their methods. But, the directions are more like overviews, a peek inside their process. If you’re looking for detailed instructions on how to do certain techniques, you’ll have to do more research beyond this book.

But the inspiration doesn’t stop at the images. Another great aspect of this book is that each artist offers insights on how to overcome fear, find your style, and more. It’s full of juicy tidbits that any beginner could appreciate. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves art books for inspiration, or to those looking to learn more about what art journaling is all about.

Win a Copy!

On Thursday, Nov. 9th I will be giving away a free copy of this awesome book.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below!

For a second entry to win, comment with a review of my Art Journaling 101 series that we’ve been going through here on the blog. What have you learned? What was your favorite lesson? Good or bad, I want to hear what you think of the free e-course.

For even more entries to win, simply let your friends know about the giveaway. Click the Like button below, send a tweet out with a link, or share my facebook post about the giveaway. Just be sure to mention me in your shares (@KristalNorton) so that it is counted towards the giveaway.


Good luck, and I’ll meet you back here on Thursday!!

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