Okay, so one of the things I find that holds people back from art journaling is a perceived lack of drawing. Everyone can draw. Even if it’ a stick figure. Take a look at some of the doodles and stamps out there (like the Dylusions stamps from Dyan Reavely) and you’ll see that perfect artistry is not everyone’s forte nor is it their style.
You do not need to be a great drawer to be a great artist. Rach0113 over on Youtube is one of the best mixed media artist I think I’ve ever seen and I’ve never seen her draw more than a couple basic shapes.
One of the things you need to realize about drawing is that we all draw every day. When you write, you are drawing shapes. You just need to learn to translate things in the three dimensional real world into two dimensional form. Perfection should not play a huge factor in this as art journaling is all about learning and growing.
So, my challenge to you is to try dooding at your desk. Look at the way your computer monitor looks from the left side and try to draw the shapes. Disassemble the monitor in your mind into multiple shapes that are put together. Usually a view of a monitor slightly askance to the left will produce two parallelograms and a sideways trapezoid. Start disassembling shapes and it will make it easier to put them down on paper.
And one last thing, practice, practice, practice. Or not. You don’t have to draw to keep an art journal. Paint, stamps, embossing powder, pens, inks, and other findings are more than a enough to keep your art journal going. Just know that you CAN draw, even if you’re not the best artist. You just haven’t had enough practice.