The more often I teach art journaling, the more I hear about that troublesome first page in the journal. It seems we can’t work in the journal until that troublesome first page it complete.
Some time ago, I wrote a post with five ideas of what to do with that first page some time ago, but it’s time for five new ideas.
1. Create a simple background, like bubble pages. Beautiful old books often have marbled paper end pages. You can create a lovely end page of your own.
2. Cut up some of your artwork that you aren’t going to use or don’t like. Even if you didn’t like the piece as a whole, a small square might be just right. Like the old patchwork quilts made from worn out clothing and bed linens, a first page collaged from your artwork is a lovely reminder of techniques you’ve tried.
3. Ask a few close friends to write their favorite quotes on the first page. You’ll have more quotes, and it’s a good way to create a strong memory.
4. Draw a permission slip on the first page. Give yourself permission to try new
things, to mess up and start over, to try some new art technique without the push of making something perfect. A permission slip is a renewable resource for your art!
5. Read something wonderful on Facebook, Twitter, or other places online? Open an email, cut and paste the great quote, add the source and send it to yourself. Copy one of the phrases in rubber stamps or your own hand-lettering on the first page of your journal. Fresh ideas are a great way to start your journal.
–Quinn McDonald is a creativity coach and the author of Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art. She’ll be at Antigone Books in Tucson on September 23, making permission slips and signing her book at 7 p.m.