Inspiring Quotes for Art Journaling

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I love the idea of art journaling and often spend hours looking at others creations online – but when I sit down to create my own layout, sometimes I just don’t know where to start. I do love including quotes into my layouts. I started collecting quotes in high school, even before I started making my own Christmas cards. And I suddenly realised that I could use my collection of quotes as a jumping off point for my art journal layouts.

Art Journalling prompts

So this months Mixed Media Ephemera sheet was born ~ Inspiring Quotes you can use as a jumping off point for your own mixed media art journals and to make your art journaling process easier!

Here I have used the inspiring quotes in three ways:

1. Used the words to create my own layout

2. Used now quote as the central theme

3. Used lots of printed quotes

Art Journalling prompts

“If Not Now”

1, Print out the Inspiring Quotes ephemera sheet; here I printed it out in colour and in black and white

2. Using an art journal with a background already added, I outlined the quote that inspired me in black Sharpie marker

Art Journalling prompts from inspiring quotes

3. I used my Derwent Inktense blocks to shade in the top of the letters and added water on a paintbrush to activate the colour.

Art Journalling prompts from inspiring quotes

4. Then I used a darker colour to fill in the letters, using the paintbrush to blend the two shades in the middle of each letter

Art Journalling prompts from inspiring quotes

5. I repeated this on the second word, using contrasting colours

Art Journalling prompts from inspiring quotes

6. The layout was completed by added words and a border with a gold gel pen and Staedtler triplus fineliner markers

Art Journaling prompts from inspiring quotes

“Create”

1. Another pre-painted art journal page and this quote about creating that struck a chord.

Ready-made Art Journal prompts from inspiring quotes

2. I made a large “Create” on the computer and printed out to make a stencil.

Ready-made Art Journal prompts from inspiring quotes

3. Traced the letter outlines onto a piece of acetate with a Sharpie marker

Ready-made Art Journal prompts from inspiring quotes

4. Cut out letters to make the stencil.

Ready-made Art Journal prompts from inspiring quotes

5. Trace the letters onto the art journal using the Sharpie marker.

Ready-made Art Journal prompts from inspiring quotes

6. Using a blue Derwent Inktense blocks to shade in the top of the letters and added water on a paintbrush to activate the colour.

Ready-made Art Journal prompts from inspiring quotes

Ready-made Art Journal prompts from inspiring quotes

7. Then added a medium blue

Ready-made Art Journal prompts from inspiring quotes

8. Then a darker blue

Ready-made Art Journal prompts from inspiring quotes

9. Finished off the layout by adding the quote and stamping with Brilliance Cosmic Copper ink and a copper gel pen

Ready-made Art Journal prompts from inspiring quotes

All the Quotes

1. Tear out the quotes from the Inspiring quotes Ephemera sheet

Ready-made Inspiring Quotes for your Art Journal prompts

2. Play with layout onto a pre-painted art journal page. Edge with ink and stick into place.

Ready-made Inspiring Quotes for your Art Journal prompts

3. Finish off page with various doodles using all of the blues in the Staedtler  fineliner markers set

Ready-made Inspiring Quotes for your Art Journal prompts

Ready-made Inspiring Quotes for your Art Journal prompts

I hope you can find inspiration for your art journaling with our Inspiring Quotes ephemera sheet.

Happy creating!
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My Top 3 Art Journaling Videos

Whenever I need some inspiration or just general arty cheering up – I head over to my reliable favorite videos. It’s not just the art journaling of these three mixed media artists that cheers me up; I love their openness and honesty of their creative process.

Pam Carriker in art journalling mode

There is also something about actually watching the process of the art journalling unfold! Seeing how the paint moves around the page – watching as the layers are built up. It really does bring art journalling to life and makes my fingers itch to get messy and get creating!

Pam Carriker and her “Hear” page

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In the bluey-green art journal layout, Pam uses Gelli plate printed deli paper to build up the collage layers and her hand carved prints. Pam then adds detail  with water resistance Faber-Castell artist crayons. The colours are then added with the Derwent Inktense blocks - this video was the inspiration for me buying my own set of Intense blocks!

You can see more of Pam’s work per at her blog – Living Art at the Speed of Life

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Traci Bautista

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I love Traci’s use of bright colors and stencils to create the base of this vibrant art journal page. This background is then collaged over to create the foundation for quick sketching with a charcoal pencil and then highlighted with acrylic paints and various markers – all of the ingredient for a fabulous mixed media art journal page!

You can see more of Traci’s work per at her blog – Kollaj

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Donna Downey with “Imperfection is a Form of Freedom”

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Donna never shows fear in the face of colour – here she uses orange and turquoise to create this fun art journal layout. Again, it’s great to see the layers being built up with all of the different coloured paints, as there are spots of colors that aren’t as noticeable when looking at the finished picture, but once I’ve seen them added during the process, I notice them. donna finished this layout off with charcoal pencil lines and some stencilling.

You can see Donna’s weekly videos over here at Inspirational Wednesday

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