Starting pages

The Artist & the Journal - Part 1

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Starting points

Getting started is often one of the most difficult steps in any creative practice, and the fear of the blank page, or the blank canvas, can be utterly paralyzing! If this is something you're familiar with, then you know it can be the biggest obstacle to making art. For a long time I didn't believe I would be able to make art journaling a practice, a creative habit, because I didn't know where to start.

But what if you never had to start a page from scratch? What if you never had to face the blank page? What if every time you opened your journal, you found inspiring starting points and beautiful messes inviting you to play?

In the next videos I'm going to share 10 ways to start a page, 10 very simple, basic techniques just to get in the flow and start filling your journal.

NB: I don't recommend doing them all at once. Having 10, unfinished and messy pages in your journal can be paralyzing too! Instead, decide on the 3 or 4 techniques you'd like to try and just start there. Once you've completed some of the pages in your journal, then you can do some more.


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Share your magic!

Share your favorite starting points in our Facebook group! You can post:

  • Pictures of the pages you have started
  • How the blank page makes you feel: is it scary? Is it exciting?
  • Your favorite creative strategies and rituals

Join the group and share your magic!

You can also share your photos related to the class on Instagram with the hashtag #artistjournalclass Have fun!