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Inspiring Art Journals

This week is dedicated to inspiring art journals that hopefully make you start creating right away.

Towards the end of last year, I started to really miss drawing. When I want to come up with ideas, I need a pen and paper! Or maybe I should say that I need my art journals because that’s where the ideas stay in good order.

An annual art journal spread of 2024. By Paivi Eerola of Peony and Parakeet.

I made this spread in my colored pencil journal. 2023 is an old romantic woman that is going away and a young girl who is ready for adventure will take her place.

There are only a few pages after the previous year’s spread.

An annual art journal spread of 2023. By Paivi Eerola of Peony and Parakeet.

I hope to make more pages in this colored pencil journal this year.

Inspiring Art Journals

This week, I picked up random art journal books and browsed them. I especially love the one in the upper left corner with the black and white drawings the most.

Inspiring art journals by Päivi Eerola of Peony and Parakeet.

The drawings have no color but they are all full of ideas that still inspire me.

Black and white drawing from 2019. Illustration with black ink pen. By Paivi Eerola.

I now want to add ink drawings to my colored pencil journal as well.

Tiny Pages

Last year I bought a very small art journal. This is a pretty cute page!

A tiny art journal page. By Paivi Eerola.

All the reds and pinks looked very nice together.

Inspiring art journals by Paivi Eerola.

Years go by and my skills grow, but even the clumsiest covers still seem to fit with the new creations.

Doodler’s Resort

While browsing the journals, I found a spread with a transparent film in the middle. I had printed doodles on it and I still quite like the effect. This idea is from 2020, when the world stopped and I couldn’t do anything but mindless doodling.

Doodler's resort. An art journal page spread with a transparent film in the middle. Art journal ideas.

This art journal also has a lovely inside cover.

Inside cover page for an art journal.

Divide the Content!

I don’t understand why it took so long before I realized that I could add annual pages, inside covers, chapters, and other pages telling about the content of the book in art journals.

Chapter cover page for an art journal. Fun Botanicum is the name of the chapter and the online course by Peony and Parakeet.

Nowadays, I have a course called Fun Botanicum, where you make a chapter cover, themed pages, and an end page in the middle of an art journal.

Inspiring Art Journals Tell About Time

It was fun to look at old art journals and wonder how these are connected to everything that is going on now.

Inspiring art journals.

Time is a mysterious place. It is like an illuminated palace that blinds us. We can only walk away from it to the darkness. But as long as we are alive, we can start the adventure and get creative. “It takes a long time to become young,” said Pablo Picasso.

10 years of art journaling. A page made in 2014 and another made in 2024. By Paivi Eerola of Peony and Parakeet. Inspiring art journals.
2014 and 2024

In my opinion, only by drawing can we know what we really think. The more you draw, the more your skills grow, and the more you will find out!

Do you agree?

16 thoughts on “Inspiring Art Journals

  1. So many wonderful pages.
    Yes, the more we draw the more our skills grow, agree.
    art is a wonderful way to consider the artist.

  2. Way Cool Päivi! I hope to jump in making some art soon again. Have had so many official duties lately I simply have had no time for anything but I really have missed my art time. Your blog is always insipiring so I pop in every now and then and eat your art with my eyes. 🙂
    Hoping too to manage start a new course in this Spring.

  3. Hi Paivi, nice start for 2024! Cant wait to get my pencils out tomorrow 😊 and start a chapter. Hope to see many more of your pages and be able to keep following your story.

  4. Love your journals. I’ve been using ink sometimes on top of watercolor. It’s fun.

  5. Hei Päivi.
    Olen ollut fanisi joitakin vuosia. Olen saanut monia ideoita sinulta.
    Tuohon journalismiin ‘hurahdin’ koronavuosina. Ja se jatkuu edelleen.
    Se on tavallaan päiväkirjani. Mutta se on parempi, sitä ei ymmärrä muut. Ei jää jälkipolville ihmettelemistä. Vain taidetta.

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