Buying a new art journal always gives me a little flutter of excitement, the thought of creating on all those lovely new blank pages and not knowing quite where I’m going to go with it is such a thrill!
But they can get quite expensive to buy, which is why I like to make my own sometimes, and I get all the joy of a new art journal, plus the added bonus of knowing that I created it all myself.
This particular art journal I have made in a tag shape, but you can obviously make any size and shape that you like, I like variety and think these tag journals are super cute and make a quick and easy journal.
This can also be used to make a junk journal, or any other type of journal or book.
What Is The Best Paper To Use For An Art Journal?
The best paper I have found to make an art journal is Arteza Watercolor Pad 140lb. It holds up well to paint, inks and water, and is a great allrounder to use for mixed media art. It’s also a really good size at 9 x 12 inches.
This Arteza Watercolor pad is the one I particularly like to use to make tag journals, because it is so thick and durable, it works perfectly, as you can see from the image below
What Size To Make A Tag Journal
I’m going to work in cm here because that’s what I work with when I make these tag journals.
The Arteza page size is 22.9 x 30.5cm, so the first thing I do is cut off the 0.5cm, this is the end that is attached to the pad, so it neatens it up and then allows me to cut 3 x 10cm widths
I then cut each of those pieces to make them 18cm long
I cut the tops to make the tag shape and use the measurements shown in the image below.
I use my Crop-A-Dile to make the holes… you can use any hole punch, but I particularly like this one because it also has a depth gauge for perfect positioning and can set the eyelets with it too.
I have created a video to show you exactly how I did everything, and also to give a flip through of the tag art journal I completed. Just click on the video below, or watch it on Youtube along with my other videos here
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I know that sometimes it can be difficult to get started with making an art journal, but I think the easiest way is by making a tag shaped one! I
Now that the tag art journal book is made, and all the backgrounds are finished, it’s time to add the images! Where To Find Images For Art Journals I get
Buying a new art journal always gives me a little flutter of excitement, the thought of creating on all those lovely new blank pages and not knowing quite where I’m