Rachel Beyer | Art Journaling Through The Years
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Art Journaling Through The Years

Art Journal by Rachel Beyer

My high school art journal.

My high school art journal.

I’ve been art journaling ever since I first discovered this book by Sabrina Ward Harrison in high school. It was the first time I’d ever seen an ‘art journal’ and I was hooked. I cut up my Seventeen magazines, old National Geographics, and used watercolors, chalk, ink, and anything else I could get my hands on to fill my precious art journal with song lyrics (I was obsessed with Jewel and Alanis Morissette), quotes, collages, and all sorts of angsty teenage FEELINGS. At the end of my senior year, I gave my precious art journal to my English teacher to keep as a time capsule to send me 10 years later. Boy, was that a trip to get in the mail at age 28!

Crazy collage from my high school art journal.

Crazy collage from my high school art journal.

Pages from my high school art journal.

Pages from my high school art journal.

I’ve kept many art journals since then and now use it as a safe place to create intuitively. Whenever I’m feeling lost or overwhelmed by life, I get out my art journal and start filling pages. Doing this calms my nerves, and helps me to reconnect with my true self. I use many of the same techniques I loved in high school. I collect vintage National Geographic magazines, old books and postcards. When I’m working in my art journal, I don’t question or judge myself, but just let my mind and body relax and reflect on where I’m at in life.

Pages from my 2014 art journal.

Pages from my 2014 art journal.

I like using color as a main theme for a spread.

I like using color as a main theme for a spread.

Since college, I’ve been using vintage books as my art journal medium. There’s something about drawing inside the pages of a book that feels so satisfying. There are no blank white pages staring at me saying “this better be good” and I love choosing an old book with a title and cover that speaks to me.

I like using vintage books as my art journal medium.

I like using vintage books as my art journal medium.

I still like to collect ephemera to fill my pages.

I still like to collect ephemera to fill my pages.

What are some of your favorite art journaling supplies, techniques and inspirations?

rbeyer
rachelbeyer@gmail.com

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