At the beginning of 2020, I started a brand new bullet art journal. It’s truly been immensely helpful! It has definitely helped me be more creative and productive. Here’s a quick progress check so you can see how the system has been working and see my art journal pages for the first few months of the year.
In January, I posted “How to Set Up A Bullet Art Journal.” It explains what a bullet journal is, what an art journal is, how to establish attainable goals, and then how to put it all together in a kick butt book. I highly recommend you review that post and set one up for yourself to help yourself attain your goals.
1) What kind of journal do you use?
Many people get lined journals or journals with dotted paper, but I’m using an art journal I received for Christmas — a Dylusions book in the 8.5 x 8.5 inch size (pictured). The mixed media paper in the book is perfect for the dual purpose bullet art journal book I’m creating. I’ve thrown all kinds of media in it and the paper has stood up to all the abuse.
2) Where did you get your weekly spread stencil?
I made it from a piece of chipboard. If it breaks down or rips, I’ll make a replacement. It’s held up for 3 months so far.
3) Where do I get the downloads for the monthly spreads?
The monthly art calendar downloads are in the freebie library. If you subscribe to Artful Pursuits, you have access. Each monthly newsletter provides the access directions. If you are a subscriber and lost the directions, send me an email at EBHawks@artfulpursuits.com and I’ll resend you the directions. If you aren’t subscribed, you can fill out the form to the right. After you confirm your subscription, you’ll receive the free downloads.
4) What supplies do I need to art journal?
Since art journaling can be done in an infinite number of ways, the supplies needed vary by artist. If you’re looking for a starting point, I put together this list of what I consider must have art journal supplies.
Bullet Art Journal Flip Through
In the video, I mentioned several other videos and tutorials you might want to watch including:
In general, a book and a pen will cover your needs, but here are some of the materials I’ve used so far:
- Pens — Faber Castell Pitt Pens for the lettering and journaling and Pigma Micron 005 for most of the writing
- Artist Tape ¼ inch
- Posca Pens: white, dark blue, light blue
- Paint (mostly Golden Fluid Acrylics)
- Random bits of washi tape
- Calendar stamps
- Oil Pastels
- Matte Medium
- Silhouette Cutting Machine
Let me know if you have any other questions about the products I used or the system I’ve implemented. Are you inspired and ready to track your 2020 goals? I hope you’ll join me in setting up a customizable bullet art journal to help you be more creative, set attainable goals, and increase overall productivity.