Have you tried Art Journaling?

Filling my Art Journal pages with florals and inspirational words is one of my favorite things to do and anyone can do it! Pull out your Sketchbook or Bullet journal and simply have fun adding words + color to the page. There is no wrong way to do this!

An easy way to bring a little positivity into your day is to maintain an Art Journal.

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What is an Art Journal?

A journal is a notebook where you express your thoughts, feeling or mood using words. An Art Journal is a notebook where you express those same things but with color, paint and words. An Art Journal is truly a reflection of who you are, so whatever you create on the page is a celebration of you! There are no rules, and you can use any art supplies you already have and just enjoy.

In today’s tutorial, I’ll be using a Brush Pen to Brush Letter a quote. Then with a simple Brush Pen drawing technique, I’ll show you how to add colorful flowers to finish off the Quote Art Journal Page!

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Watch the Video Tutorial of this Quote Art Page here https://www.instagram.com/p/CE9rZNNHsWY/

For this page, I used my Archer and Olive dot journal along with Tombow Dual brush pens: Color numbers- 243, 195, 946, 703, N35

Step by step tutorial to create a quote art journal page using brush pens or markers.

Total Time: 20 minutes


Using an Ochre Yellow marker, draw the outline of petal and then fill it in with color. Draw and color 5 petals for each flower, leaving a small circle center area blank. Scatter and draw three flowers on your page (if you look carefully these flowers seem to form the nodes of a triangle: This is called a visual triangle) varying the sizes. Don’t make all the flowers the same size, make at least one flower slightly smaller to add more interest to your design. bujo quote page tutorial1


Draw larger flowers now using a Pink or Mauve shade marker. These flowers have heart shaped petals and again a blank circle in the center. quote lettering tutorial


Using a light blue colored marker add leaves around the page. Simple elongated oval shapes to fill in the areas between the flowers. I like this teal color for leaves instead of green to give a modern color vibe. bujo quote page tutorial brush pen


Now go in and add the centers to the flowers, and then scatter smaller ochre leaves and dots of pink around the page. bujo quote page tutorial flower


Add some details with a darker green color marker and just add quick lines to the leaf centers to create leaf vines. marker florals


Pencil in the quote to make sure all the words fit neatly on the page. Do not apply too much pressure to the pencil so that your lines are light and easily erasable once the Quote Art Journal Page is done.
Trace your pencil lines with a black marker. I am using a brush pen here and quickly lettering in the quote.journal quote page tutorial brush pen


Once the ink has dried erase the pencil lines to finish the page!journal quote page tutorial

Art Journal VideO:

If you have never created an Art Journal Page, pull up a chair and paint along with me in my this Have you tried Art Journaling Video!

14 More art journal ideas for you to try!

1. How to fill an entire sketchbook with Art + Quotes

Pick up a mixed media notebook like this Strathmore Sketchbook and choose a theme. I chose a rainbow art theme and enjoyed filling my pages with color!

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2. Happiness Art Journal Page

Watch the tutorial: Happiness Art Journal Page VIDEO

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3. Leaf Inspirational Quote Page

Follow the tutorial: Leaf Inspirational Quote Step by Step

4. Thankful Art Journal Pge:

Follow the tutorial: Thankful every day Page

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Watch the tutorial: Gratitude Quote Page VIDEO


5. Journal Page using Punches

Follow the tutorial: Paper Punch Page Idea


6. Make a Mini Art Journal Book

Watch the tutorial: Mini Art Journal Book Step by Step VIDEO


7. Art Journaling without a Sketchbook

Art journaling need not always be done in a journal. If the thought of journaling in a book isn’t something that fancies you, try a larger 12 by 12 piece of cardstock as your canvas. The principle is still the same- focus on the journaling!

8. Art Journaling with Colored Pencils:

Using a colored pencil in your journal gives the most fabulous effects! It is also the slowest way to cover a page, but SO relaxing. And the end result is super satisfying. You can spend hours layering color on color with pencils and enjoy the process.

9. Art Journaling with Stamps

Follow the tutorial: Journaling with Stamps Tutorial

Art journaling with stamps

10. Pineapple themed Quote:

Watch the VIDEO: Pineapple Quote Page Tutorial VIDEO


11. Art Journal Page using Rub Ons

12. Mindful Journaling

Follow the tutorial: Mindful Art Journal Page


13. Peacock Quote Page

Watch the VIDEO: Peacock Quote Page Tutorial VIDEO


14. Textural Art Page

Follow the tutorial: Journal Page with Texture Tutorial


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Hi I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you learnt something from this tutorial, do share this post with a friend or on social media! Tag me @smithakatti #smithakatti I’d love to see what you create!


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