Art Journaling with limited supplies is so refreshing. Gather just a few supplies and go with them. I almost always start with the collage elements. Going through an old magazine or a pile of papers. Do this quickly, journal-spill style. Don't think, just react and pull what speaks to you. Try to do this quickly or with a time going - the 5 minute collage pull.
The next step in this system is to pull the colors that go with the papers. In this case, Distress Stains appealed to me and I used only three colors. Keep it simple. Big advantages of the Distress color line are that they all work together. Yes. You will get browns and grays. They are also water-reactive and that suits my personality. Choose what you have on hand: acrylics, colored pencils, it doesn't matter.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your collage papers may be used as an inspiration point. In this case, one of the papers I pulled (all papers are from Flow magazine), was an illustration of a face. I realized that I wanted to create a self portrait. I kept it simple and stylized and tried not to get caught up in a great self portrait. Keep It Simple. I stopped when I ran out of time.
I sometimes like to leave space for writing. In this case, I turned my mournal upside down so it's not so easy for folks to read it. Art Journaling helps me to feel centered when there are thoughts ricoheting around my head. It helps me focus like a meditation. Here is today's video and the supply list is beneath. I hope this gives you some ideas.
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