Art Journaling Can Improve Your Creativity!

Daily Journaling also Tracks Your Growth as an Artist

Keeping a journal has long been a practice for writers of all kinds. Journalists must keep detailed accounts as they are working on a larger story, and it has also been considered useful for creative writers as an outlet for letting loose a train of thoughts, ideas, and emotions. The journaling process has even had therapeutic effects on non-writers; for them, it is also an outlet-a truly objective party in which one can confide.

Since writing is a form of expression as well as a means of communication, then by this definition-art is too! Could journaling not also be beneficial to a visual artist? Art journaling may actually be the highest form of journaling, as an art journal can combine components of written words, collage, drawings and sketches, and any other kind of art one can conceive on a page. There are thousands of ways to keep an art journal, and the best part is that you can keep it as secret as you'd like it to be. 

Getting Started

If you'd like to start your own art journal, you can now pre-order the Artist Survival Book found only at Jerry's Artarama (will be in stock 1/28/14) . This journal made for artists contains three different styles of paper, from gridded to lined to plain, all made from heavy artist grade, acid free paper. It also contains pockets for extra sheets or any other paper you need to inspire you. And its spiral bound so that you can lay it flat which is perfect for doodling, sketching, writing or even painting for sturdy, consistent work.

The Artist Survival Book has:

  • A rugged leather cover
  • Spiral binding for sturdy, dependable work
  • 130 pages of plain paper
  • 70 pages of lined sheets
  • 70 pages of gridded dot sheets
  • card stock divider pockets
  • pen/pencil loop on inside cover

When you start journaling for the first time, it might be a bit hard to pick up right away. Like any new introduction to your normal routine, it can be difficult to get into the habit of journaling. The best way to approach this is to commit to journaling once a day for a number of days. Make it a point to journal alongside another activity that you do roughly the same time everyday, say taking a vitamin or brushing your teeth. After a while, it will seem natural to work in your journal, and you can express your creativity daily. It will become the best kind of habit-a healthy habit. 

How you organize your journal or what purpose it serves is unique to each individual. However, there are some supplies which are helpful to have on hand when journaling: A good pen or pencil is a must- like Jerry's Jumbo Jet Black Pencils or for drawing and drafting, Isomar Technoart Pens. A good eraser is also a must, like the Vanish 4-in-1 Eraser. Colored and printed cardstock, old magazines, favorite pictures and little bits of ribbon and lace are great to have around for collage work. Small mementos are worth hanging onto for journaling purposes because they can induce the types of feelings you want to express when either creating art or writing in your journal. Sometimes, peaceful and relaxing music can be quite inspirational too.

What It All Means

For some artists, a journal can function almost more like a scrapbook. They can look back and see each passage or image like its own memory. They can also just fell the pages with original drawings or daily anecdotes, however they need to express themselves at that time. A journal in any form always chronicles its owner's life. Whether through words or visual art, there exists a progression and an account of time passing. 

Perhaps one of the most rewarding aspects of a journal is the way it serves as tangible evidence of the past, a marker for memorable experiences. Art journaling allows you to keep track of your progress as an artist as well, and whether you share it with another soul or not, that is an invaluable thing. 

Do you keep your own journal of some sort or try any daily practices? Let us know if you think journaling can help in the comments below.



See What You Can Create with UART Sanded Paper and Gallery Soft Pastels!

Folks, Lisa Ober has done it again!

If you remember, Lisa Ober reviewed Mungyo Gallery Soft Pastels in Artist Lisa Ober Reviews Mungyo Gallery Soft Pastels. As an incredible pastel artist, she continues to stun us all with her beautiful work. Using Gallery Handmade Professional Pastels and UART Sanded Professional Pastel Paper. Gallery Handmade Professional Pastels lay down thick colors and are great for layering and blending. UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper is graded to allow for multiple layers of color and consistency. It can accept multiple applications of soft and hard pastels as well as watercolor and oil washes. 

To read more on Lisa's:  full review of Gallery Artist Handmade Pastels and review of UArt Premium Sanded Pastel Paper

Its no surprise that working with the best supplies and a great amount of talent that Lisa was able to create such a stunning masterpiece. Now she just needs your help to name it!


Name the Painting Contest

Winner receives a reproduction of this pastel painting of marbles(shipping included) for Free! Yes, free! That's my thank-you for a great title. You all know how this goes but since we have new folks joining us, heres how it works (please read so you don't miss out):

1.Leave your title suggestion in the comments section on Lisa Ober's Facebook Fan Page: The Art of Lisa Ober. Comments are welcomed also, but make sure if you want to be in the contest that it is clear.

Example: TITLE: Marbles are Lovely.

2. Deadline for submissions is Saturday, January 18th at 11:59 PM(tonight at midnight).

3. Lisa will compile the title submissions into one list.

4. A day or two later, check back on her facebook page to VOTE on your favorites which will be listed in a new post. Thats really important. It will be clear that the new post is for voting and she will allow a few days so that you can ask your friends to vote for their favorite titles. If you love your own suggestion, tell your friends to vote for it. 

5. After a count has been tallied, Lisa will announce the winner in a new post. If you win, she will contact you immediately through Facebook message. If you win and don't hear from her immediately, please message her on Facebook.

She is looking for clever, profound, unique or quirky titles and you all have pulled through many times. Have fun!



New and Innovative Technical Drawing Tools Will Change the Way You Draw!

Discover New Ways to Draw

We really like to sketch here at Jerry's Artarama. We've all been doodling and sketching since the first time our hands touched crayon to paper when we were young. Since then, we've been looking for new and better tools to accurately capture our subjects on paper or whatever wanton images were stuck in our head at the time. Recently, we've found two new drawing instruments that can add new dimensions to your drawings. We want to talk to you about the new Jerry's Jumbo Jet Black Pencil and the Isomars Technoart Pens!

 Jerry's Jumbo Jet Black Pencil

To start off, lets talk about the Jerry's Jumbo Jet Black Pencil. There is no better pencil out there for producing strong outlines, sketching and shading. A thick center of oil impregnated charcoal gives this pencil the strength to produce bold, jet black lines. With the Jumbo Jet Black Pencil, you can watch as dark charcoal glides from pencil to paper. Each pencil has been made carefully to be durable and strong with a special extra-break resistant tip. This durability is great for architects, engineers and contractors needing to make detailed technical drawings or edits on the job site. With a pencil like this, it will quickly become an asset for anyone working with technical drawings. 

But is this pencil versatile? Yes it is. For quick sketches, bigger is better! Shade in dark areas quicker or make the defining lines of your sketch permanent the first time. The oversized tip makes drawing smooth, dark lines incredibly easy. 

Right now you might be saying "But I really prefer to draw in ink. I need a pen for my sketches." Well, we've thought of that too and have the perfect tools for you too! 

Isomars Technoart Pens


If you haven't heard of Isomars yet, well, you must be new to technical drawing. They are one of the leading manufacturers of technical drawing and design instruments in the world. Newly created, they've just released the Isomars Technoart Pens, pen sets and accessories. For professional use or just to get precise line applications, these pens are engineered to give you the most precise lines for small and intricate designs, technical drawings, illustrations and other drafting applications. 

These precise pens are not the 1mm pens or ballpoints that you're probably used to. Isomars Technoart Pens' tip sizes range from 1.2mm to 0.1mm. With a 0.1mm tip, you might as well be drawing at an a microscopic level with the amount of fine detail you can draw or sketch with. 

A pen like this might sound pretty expensive. At other art stores, you can expect to find a technical drawing pen with a 0.2mm or 0.3mm for upwards of forty five dollars. But at Jerry's, you can get an even better deal- A Technoart Technical Pen, a bottle of rich black ink and Isomars Circle Template for less than a third of what'd you expect to pay! That's an unbeatable deal for a professional grade technical drawing pen. And if you don't want to purchase them individually, sets of 4 and 8 are also available at great prices!

If you're looking to kickstart your technical drawing career or simply improve your sketching, it's imperative you get the best tools to do so. These are those tools and will revolutionize the ways you draw!


Can you imagine capturing detail like this? (Done with Technoart Pen)

Have you tried either of these technical drawing tools? We really want to hear about it! Let us know what you think of them in the comments below. 

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