Art Journal Every Day 2018 · 5 Sketchbook Journalling Tips · Document Your Year with Art

Art Journal Every Day 2018 · 5 Sketchbook Journalling Tips · Document Your Year with Art

Hello my loves and welcome back to my channel,
or welcome if you’re new here. If you’ve been with me a while, you’ll
know I love to document my travels in an illustrated journal, and I’ve also spent the last few
months, on and off, accumulating the souvenirs of every day life, sticking them in my sketchbook
and letting my art be inspired by my experiences. It’s been a great practice to challenge
me to draw new things, to draw consistently, and to have a treasure trove of colourfully
tangible memories to look back on, which is why I’m gonna be making this even more of
a focus for 2018. Since the New Year is closing in quickly,
I thought I’d share my tips for journaling in your sketchbook, while I catch up on some
old entries from this year. This particular day I’m working on is one
you might have seen briefly at the end of my September vlog. Ozzy took me to a really cool exhibition his
aunt was involved in held in this beautiful building, and on the way there, the sunset
was just mindblowing. It was the kind of evening that I find perfect
to capture visually, or even just in writing, because in your memories, when you look back,
it almost just seems too good to be true. So I suppose my first tip is to always have
your eyes open to potential inspiration. There won’t always be otherworldly sunsets,
but when you really look, when you’re consciously seeking something standout, you notice that
even the most mundane, everyday things can spark an idea. I spoke about this in another video called
‘Drawing Your Experiences’ where I mentioned the brilliant urban-sketcher Liz Steele who
paints her cup of coffee almost every day. It’s a brilliant creative routine, a great
practice in consistency and a really effective way to show progression over the course of
a year or more. You don’t necessarily have to paint the
same thing every day, but having a go-to subject can stop you from stalling on those days where
there’s nothing much to write home about. In the same vain, and this might not suit
everyone, but I love to collect anything I can that I can stick into my sketchbook to
support the spread and spark more memories. I love the interactivity in a sketchbook of
bits that you can flip and pull out of envelopes, and having something to stick in is often
a great first step; something to take away the glaring blankness of the white page and
maybe build from into your drawings and writing. When it comes to writing, you really don’t
have to. I share most of my sketchbooks with you guys
online, so writing personal thoughts and feelings in there isn’t something I’m particularly
comfortable with, but notes that will support your artwork, maybe a story from the day that
you can’t quite capture in a photo or drawing, are great ways to fill empty space and add
an extra element of interest to a spread. Speaking of photos, I’m trying to take at
least one every day next year. That kind of challenge forces you to really
pay attention to each moment, going back to the first tip of always being aware, always
on the look out for the beauty in every day moments. The more photos I take, the more I’ll have
for reference when I’m drawing my day, or as an extra element to stick in. In the past, I’ve waited until I’ve accumulated
a few photos and then printed them from my regular printer, cut them out and stuck them
in, but I was recently gifted this amazing photo printer by a company called Prynt. It has made it so much easier for me to instantly
have a physical copy of any photo straight from my phone. You can print them on their sticky paper and
just paste them right in. Printing photos from my printer genuinely
worked just fine for me but the thing that really makes a difference with the Prynt Pocket,
on top of the convenience, portability and instantaneousness of it is this amazing feature,
where you can scan a photo taken from a video with the Prynt app and it plays the video
right there. I can just imagine flipping through this sketchbook
in years to come and being able to relive those experiences in the most interactive
way possible. So thank you for this Prynt, I wasn’t sponsored
for this but it’s a genuinely cool product so I’ll have a link below to their website
if you want to check them out. The only other thing really is to decide how
and in what book you want to do your journalling. It’s all up to personal preference, what
media you tend to use, if you’ll be doing more writing than drawing, or more wet application. I think watercolour or mixed media paper sketchbooks
are always a safe bet to hold up against whatever you throw at them. Next year, I’m so excited to be using the
sketchbook I received from Autumn Chiu. It has such a special, story-book look and
feel to it, and with it being handmade and completely unique, I can’t think of anywhere
else more suited for all my best memories. And that’s it. No need to overthink it, just make memories
and make art. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just get it
down on paper, however the mood takes you and enjoy the process. Before I go, if you want a more in-depth chat
about the tools I’m using, I’ll link one of my travel journal videos where I talk through
them in more detail; it’s pretty much the same set-up here. There will be a link to Autumn’s Etsy shop
if you want to get your hands on one of these sketchbooks and a link to the Prynt website
as well. I’m looking forward to making 2018 a year
worth painting about. And I hope you are too! Thanks so much for watching and I’ll see
you soon for the next video. Bye!

90 thoughts on “Art Journal Every Day 2018 · 5 Sketchbook Journalling Tips · Document Your Year with Art

  1. What a great idea! I think I'm going to start art journaling in 2018, and this video just inspired me to go ahead with that. 🙂 Also, I really loved the music you chose for this video. So calming and nice to draw to while I'm watching. 🙂

  2. Very Intriguing. Absolutely love your art style and sense of creative expression.Might have to try these techniques myself. Keep up the good work.

  3. Love your filming techniques and choice of music. Great suggestions too of course, and I'm excited to get one of those phone photo printers.

  4. You are so right about this. It doesn't have to be perfect, I always get anxiety opening my art journal because I feel that what I envision and what I can create are too different.

  5. I've bought a sketch book to fill in 2018 but I suffer from a lot of anxiety and depression, so I tend to lack inspiration. Do you have any tips?

  6. i started doing this thing (to warm up myself to do it everyday in 2018) where i do a study of the first picture that pops up in my pinterest feed, whether it’s a scenery, a person, or even a recipe and a diy project, i’m really liking it so far as i’m finding myself doing art of subjects out of my comfort zone
    and i loved your tips, i’m really inspired now to incorporate a little bit of journaling alongside my mentioned plan

  7. This really inspired me ⭐️ thank you <3

    I want to start a journal next year.. And this phone printer ..Great !! 😍😍

  8. Your voice is so relaxing! and your journal is so amazing, it's got such a lovely style! I always struggle to be creative when i use my journal, i'm so obsessed with getting things exactly as i see them! But journals like yours are so lovely! 🙂

  9. Your little painting in the corner is amazing! You're such an inspiration, I'm just sitting here trying to get motivated to get my paints out and you've definitely helped!

  10. I so love your channel, your beautiful hands & your soothing voice. You are an amazing artist and inspire me! Thank you!

  11. I actually miss watching you draw faces/portraits. Because they're so unique! Please draw some more of that. Thanks

  12. Thank you again for showcasing the Prynt Pocket in your beautiful art journal! We hope you continue to print photos and keep the memories going! 💖💖

  13. I don't think i've ever clicked the subscribe button this fast. Absolutely loved this video! Such a cute drawing, lovely voice and great tips 🙂

  14. Such a eye pleasing video, great work as always. Definitely feeling more hype for 2018 after watching this. I’ve gotten more into journal entries after I discovered you, especially with being more organized with my memories, hahaa..Also, I too, partake in gathering things from my journeys, my favorites would have to be pamphlets or foliage. (:

  15. This journal is so beautiful, and your voice is so soothing, I'm glad I came across this video, I'll definitely be watching more.

  16. What a beautiful 2- page spread! I love adding bits of ephemera (ticket stubs, business cards, etc.) to journals. The cute pocket you made from brown paper was fab. So looking forward to seeing more of your journals. Cheers

  17. Always a fan of your narration. So inspired to start something creative with my new diaries and sketchbook. Love your art. Thankyou so much.

  18. Oooh my I love every of your videos so much!! You are such a creative person and your journey through this creativity and art inspire me a lot! Thanks for sharing this with us love 💜

  19. I saw one of your videos, your most recent ones, i think, and it didn't have your voice, and i was like, this is so lovely, let me watch another video and hear your voice! and holy cow, am I happy I did.

  20. Your video's really relax me. Big scary day today and you made me calm in the morning to start the day. Thanks ❤️

  21. What a cute scrapbooking video. I’ll have make that a to-fo for 2018! Also, advertising the printer and journals steers me in that direction, so they should hire you!

  22. I just want to thank you for making beautifully soothing content. It's been a rough few months and anxieties have been building up but watching your videos and vlogs always seems to calm me back down and allow me to carry on with life. I also love that you have talked about your own struggles with mental health as that also helped. I always know that even on days where I don't feel capable of doing anything, creative or otherwise, I can come back to this channel and begin to feel at ease again.

  23. Hi Minnie, I hope you are ok. I really want to do more journal art work but I am busy finishing a sketchbook challenge. I really don't know how you record, edit and post a video everyday for a month. I am really missing your video's. I have been watching your videos for years and I start to worry if you are doing ok if you are not posting. I just hope you are happy and well weather you post a video or not is up to you but I hope you are well and being creative. I am confident you will have more creative inspirations soon. Take care and I miss your video's but I am sure you will be back on line soon.

  24. Woah I must’ve been living under a rock or something, because I had no idea there were mini printers that attach to phones and you can print little photos from. This is honestly the coolest thing I’ve discovered all week. I need to look into getting one. 😄✨

    Also your painting is simply gorgeous 💕 I’d love to set up my sketch book like this. It’d be a lot less daunting 😅

  25. Your journals are one of the best (or just the best) I've ever seen on YT. Everything you create is simply beautiful. Thanks for inspiration. 🙂

  26. Minnie I just love your videos, but those Sketchbook/ Art Journal ones have to be my favorite. This spread turned out amazing! And such nice video as well 😍

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