Art journaling is fairly new to the hobby/creative scene. While artists have kept sketchbooks and visual journals for years, art journaling in its current form is only a few years old.
As a novice art journaler, I used to watch Jennibellie, Less Herger, and Rach0113 on YouTube and I was amazed at the layers, texture, color, and composition of the pages. Each of these artists is completely unique in their style, however. Jennibellie uses color with a reckless abandon that leaves you breathless. Less Herger approaches every page with amazing technical drawing skills. Rach0113 is the master of adding multiple layers and making them all seamlessly blend into one another.
At first, I watched every art journal video I could until I realized what I liked and what I didn’t. Still to this day, I find myself starting to like things that I once didn’t and vice versa. Before reading these categories, keep in mind that these are the categories I have seen and classified and I (as well as the artists to whom I am linking) am also guilty of doing most of these. So, let’s get into the types of art journalers, shall we?
Junk journaling doens’t mean that the content these artist create is junk, it simply means that they journal using scraps of paper, altered mail, and use their art journal to document some of their daily life emotions and experiences. I, personally, love junk journaling. It’s like a mashup of Art Journaling and Smash Booking.
Some great junk journalers:
Sketchy journaling usually uses a lot of drawing to help create the beautiful images on their pages. I would classify most of the art journalers I’m linking to in this post in more than one category (since Leslie Herger is an incredible drawing artist) but I am going to keep each person in one category. Sketchy journaling doesn’t need to be done in pencil or charcoal, but these artist tend to free-hand their designs.
Some great sketchy journalers:
I see a lot of art journal pages which focus on composition and placement of items on the page, but some artists have the composition of art journal pages down to an art form (something I still struggle with, mind you). The composition journaler has particularly stunning art journal pages with visually balanced or pleasing pages and tend to churn out what most of us would consider “perfect” pages each and every time.
Some great composition journalers:
A lot of people use faces in their art journals to practice their drawing, coloring, and shading skills. Most of the faces on YouTube are female faces because makeup is available to women and the hair can be a challenge. I’d, personally, love to see some people start drawing male faces, however. Maybe someone will see this and accept that challenge!
Some great face journalers:
The messy journaler focuses on getting color and pattern on the page, usually with the help of stencils. These journal pages tend to be very busy but very artistically gratifying. I love watching messy journal pages come together because you think they won’t work and then somehow the amazing artists pull the whole thing together!
Some great messy journalers:
The monochromatic art journaler sticks to a few colors within the same color family to create a monochromatic masterpiece. There are some really beautiful techniques used by the monochromatic art journaler to create visual interest when there aren’t multiple colors on a page layout.
Some great monochromatic journalers:
The collage journaler uses magazine images, printable stamps, and other elements to create a cohesive page from other images. This technique can be particularly difficult to master, though it seems easy.
Some great collage journalers:
Most of us use a combination of all of these styles in our art journals to further ourselves as artists. As you peruse through the above-listed channels, you’ll notice each of the artists may fall into more than one category. This is the nature of art journaling.
So, which type of art journaler are you?
***Note: Each of the artists listed are available on YouTube and many also have blogs and online shops. I’ve linked to the artist’s YouTube channel only. Feel free to explore what else each artist has to offer!
****Another Note: If you think I’ve missed a category of art journaling or a fantastic journaler that should be recognized, feel free to leave me a message in the comments!