If you are looking for art journal inspiration, then you are in for a treat! We have 25 gorgeous art journal spreads for you to take inspiration from.
In the world of artistic expression, words intertwine with hues and emotions dancing across the canvas. Art journaling stands as a remarkable fusion of personal reflection and visual storytelling. These intimate pages serve as a sanctuary for artists to spill their thoughts, dreams, and innermost feelings onto paper. A true reflection of self-discovery.
In this blog post, we embark on a visual journey through 25 awe-inspiring art journal pages. Each as testament to the boundless creativity that thrives within the pages of these cherished sketchbooks.
Whether you’re an experienced artist seeking fresh inspiration or a novice eager to dip your toes into the world of art journaling, join us on this visual journey. Let’s celebrate the power of creativity and the endless possibilities that manifest within the pages of an art journal.
Let’s dive into all the stunning art journal spreads!
Starting off with this beautiful spread which definitely shows a lot of self-expression and different emotions. Art journaling is a great way to release many emotions. This artist has used a mixed media approach with lots of collage and different dry mediums, like chalk and pencils.
A beautiful spread with lots of stencil work layered on topic, using stencils can be a great way to achieve depth. This artist has also used stamps on top of the stencils, and also a subtle hint of stitching on the circle under the bird. A great use of techniques.
A collaboration of paints and pencil doodles for this art journal spread. The colours are so calming and cohesive, yet the bold portrait makes a statement on the page. I love that the artist added a power word to the spread. Sometimes adding even one word can be enough to create emotion.
A ‘junk journal’ style art spread by this artist where everything goes! My favourite bit about this spread is all the different paper textures used to create such an effective look, and contrasting black and white ripped pieces on top too. It just goes to show that anything goes.
A unique style art joural spread by this artist. What captured my eye with this spread was the bold colours used and also the use of symmetry in the composition. The composition has thoughtfully been laid out to create a balance on the page.
A very scenic spread by this artist as they have captured a trip to Niagara falls and the icicles forming from the cold mist. Art journals are a great way to keep memories from a memorable day, whether that be capturing it in a form of a painting, sketch, doodle, the possibilities are endless.
This artist used a prompt to do this art journal spread and prompts are a great way to start a journal spread when you are stuck on what to do. I love the portrait abstract drawing on this spread, it gives it such a unique and almost un-finished by finished look.
Such a bright and colourful spread with lots going on but on a small sketchbook. It just goes to show that the canvas doesn’t have to be huge in order to create an impact. A mix of watercolours and pencils used for this piece as well as lots of collaging.
A beautiful painting piece in the form of an art journal entry and such an atmospheric piece at that. Foliage has been used as a source of inspiration for this piece, with different ways of drawing leaves throughout the page. Taking one object and looking at it from different points of view, also drawing and painting it in different art materials can have a really good effect.
This spread is a documentation of a family trip. Collecting thoughts and travel tickets onto one page to make a super art journal spread. Travel spreads can be a great keepsake!
A spread full of lovely sticker collaging! Stickers are a great way to fill up an art journal spread when you are stuck for ideas on what to paint or draw. As your can see from thus artist’s spread, it can be a full on art piece.
A different style art journal spread with this one, and it captured my eye because of the lovely illustrations. Art can be in different forms and it all depends on the artist’s strengths. This artist definitely has strong illustration skills, not all art journals have to be abstract.
Talking of abstract, this spread is abstract for sure! When you think of art journal, something like this spread would definitely come into mind, and I love it. My favourite part about this spread has to be the inky flowers drawn through the page.
This art journal spread is so simple yet so complex! It feels simple because of the colour palette used, but it has a lot of detail to give it a very complex and busy feel. I love the quotes used throughout this spread to convey the emotions the artist is going through at the time.
This spread is giving me all the peaceful and zen vibes and rightly so, because the picture says it all! This artist has used this spread as their ‘morning page’. Morning pages are a great way to let out anything that is in your mind at the beginning of the day, and ‘dump’ it onto the page. This allows your mind to be free and offload in a metaphoric way.
Another art journal spread which is mainly focusing on collaging different pieces together. Sometimes drawing and painting on completely different sheets can really come together on one spread, as it has with this journal spread.
This art journal spread screams self-care and self-love to me, because of the quotes used. Art journaling can definitely be a place of healing, it as gives the mind a chance to be present and flow. It can be used as a source of meditation and comfort for the soul.
This feels like a very meaningful journal entry because the quote is a pretty bold statement. My favourite is the writing at the top of the page, the handwriting almost looks decorative!
This spread contains some stitching, which I think just adds such a lovely edge to any art journal spread. Combining stitching with paper adds texture to the page as well as adding a different element to the spread. Subtle use of inks have been used to create the dye effect on the page, with collage and stitch ontop.
Another art journal spread with stitching implemented in. This artist has almost sewn pieces of the paper together, along with other bits of fabric on top to give it more depth and layering. A very abstract piece with a lot of mixed media which works so well.
Another junk journal style art journal, with many different types of fabrics used here. This spread is one that portrays a certain memory, and different fabrics can also associate with a memory.
This art journal spread has such a vibrancy about it, with all the inky colours used. The artist has tried to tone down the spread by adding paper collage on-top ans some more paintings. Thoughts have been written in inky pens but washed out to create a lovely effect at the bottom.
This art journal spread is another colourful and happy spread, which has used many layering techniques. First the page has been painted and lots of stencils have been used on top, as well as inks for the flower drawings.
I had to share this spread because the beauty of the painting really caught my eye. This artist has such artistic flare and as creatives we appreciate such work because of the sheer effort which must have been put into it.
Ending the list of spreads with this beautifully simplistic art journal spread. Sometimes less is more, which this spread definitely conveys. With only a few sentences and some sticker collage, this spread definitely makes an impact.
As we can see from this list of art journals, there is never a ‘right’ way to do art journaling but what feels right for the one creating, so get your art supplies out and go for it!
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