5 Tips For Maintaining Your Painting Art Journal

A painting art journal is a great route for bringing painting projects your way. Here are five tips to get you started in this incredible hobby.

  1. Get an 8 1/2 x 11 size hardcover sketchbook.

    You could make your journal too but that is for a different discussion. Why keep a journal/sketchbook? It is essential to maintain a diary to register the basic ideas that you have. If not, those great ideas will zoom out of your mind as soon as you get them. Therefore, keep your journal with you at all times.
  2. Use zip lock, or related pint-sized storage pockets.

    These pockets can carry small clip files. Keep pictures in these bags that can be drawn on for influence and included in your painting. Also, keep a pen to note things down. Get a glue stick to paste some of these picture ideas into your journal with notes mentioning the possible uses of the images. Try making your notes with colour. It will give you an excellent visual record of the way that you are planning to implement your ideas.
  3. Write down your painting ideas in your journal.

    Your thoughts are in accordance with the notes you have recorded in step 2. They should be pictures that inspire your creativity.
    Whenever possible, include the time, date, and place from where you got the inspiration for your ideas. This may help you understand what time of the day or month you tend to be more creative. When you record the place where you got these gems of insight, it will help you revisit that place in more ways than one. It will allow you to be at the top of your creative game and bolster your spirit amidst encouraging surroundings.
  4. Use colour patterns for ideas and paste them into your journal.

    Look for colour samples from magazine clippings that can be inspiring for your colour choices. It can help in the overall essence of your art series. They may have a natural colour, a warm colour, or cool colours made up of blues and greens. It is also the time to play around with contrasting colour combinations. These colour swatches can be pasted into your sketchbook with your glue stick.
  5. Paste photos inside your journal and keep records.

    A photographer’s best friends are the documents that are kept for future reference. These records include camera and lens sequences used, what digital frames were used, film type, or time of the day when the light in a scene was seen differently. Some great light for a photograph is seen early dawn or near sunset. It is generally during this time that you can get beautiful colour changes and sun angles. Referring to seasonal changes also allow you to know where and when to go to get that lovely photo. For example, once a year, there is a park in my area that has Red Roses. If I capture a picture there and choose to paint it in the future, I need to mark the season and place of those elegant flowers.

Wish you all the best.

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