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Resources from the presentation “Investigation and Creativity with Process Journals”

Created by @GrundlerArt & @therealartsyamy

My former high school teaching partner (she taught Art II and I taught Art I) and friend Amy Semifero (@therealartsyamy) of almost twenty years introduced me to journaling back in 2002. She used it as a life management tool and I was fascinated. When I started journaling it was by sketching everyday life, then during a personal spiritual journey my journaling really took off..... I was sold. Back then we infused sketchbooks in our art classrooms and I recently shared a blog on my curricular evolution from sketchbook to process journals, journaling is more meaningful and personal to students. She and I now regularly present on process journals around Texas, most recently at the Texas Art Education Assoc. Conference and we will also be presenting at NAEA in March. We are often asked about our go-to resources, materials and who to follow, so we sat down and created an initial list to share and here it is.............

Video of our Presentation

Creative Sprint by Noah and Mica Scalin

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Journal Sparks: Fire Up Your Creativity with Spontaneous Art, Wild Writing, and Inventive Thinking by Emily K. Neuburger

365 Days of Art: A Creative Exercise for Every Day of the Year by Lorna Scobie

Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself by Sabrina Ward Harrison

The True and the Questions: A Journal by Sabrina Ward Harrison

1000 Journals Project by Someguy and Kevin Kelly

Wide Open: Inspiration and Techniques for Art Journaling on the Edge by Randi Feuerhelm-Watts

Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists by Danielle Krysa

Caffeine for the Creative Mind: 250 Exercises to Wake Up Your Brain by Stefan Mumaw

The Journal Junkies Workshop: Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler

Journal Fodder 365: Daily Doses of Inspiration for the Art Addict by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler

Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively With Color & Composition by Dina Wakley

Art Journal Courage: Fearless Mixed Media Techniques for Journaling Bravely by Dina Wakley

Carve, Stamp, Play: Designing and Creating Custom Stamps by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory

Artist's Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life in Words and Pictures by Cathy Johnson

365 Days of Art: A Creative Exercise for Every Day of the Year by Lorna Scobie

Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry

What It Is Hardcover by Lynda Barry




Favorite Journals

Make your own- a lot of us work in schools in which asking students to purchase art supplies is not an option. If that is the case we recommend you make your own. We most often use cardstock, copy paper, a large capacity stapler (small investment for a big payoff) and duct tape. Here is an image.

Mixed Media

CRAFTERS WORKSHOP Dylusions Dyan Reaveley's Creative Journal, 5 by 8-Inch

Ranger DYJ34100 Dylusions Dyan Reaveley's Creative Journal, 11.375 by 8.25-Inch


Minimalism Art | Classic Notebook Journal, Size: 5" X 8.3", A5, Yellow, Plain/Blank Page, 192 Pages, Hard Cover/Fine PU Leather, Inner Pocket,...

No Bleed (for markers)

Crescent Creative Products 5.5 8.5-Inch RENDR Hardbound Sketchbook, 5.5" x 8.5"

Crescent Creative Products RENDR Lay-Flat Soft Cover Sketchbook, 8.5-Inch by 11-Inch


Speedball 721511 Travelogue Artist Drawing Journal, Ivory Black

Travelogue Drawing Book, Pocket Portrait 5-1/2 x 3-1/2, Vermilion Red Artist Journal


Favorite “Always Using” Journal Supplies

Uhu Glue Stick

Tim Holtz Scissors

Travel Watercolor Brushes

Inktense Watercolor Pencils

Pentel Fude Pens

Micron Pens

Washi Tape


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Wishing you love and creativity,

(as well as journaling fun)


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