Art Journaling: Emptying Out, Filling Up


Dear Wonderful, Creative You:

Art journaling is a vital part of my creative self-care practice and I hope these little videos spur you into creative action too!

It’s amazing to me how something that helps empty me out, lower my stress, and understand the world can also fill me with so much joy and meaning. Art journaling takes me on adventures into my own inner world in a way nothing else does. I want the same experience for you in your journal. Here’s a little window into mine right now. I hope you enjoy it:



Art Journaling Supplies I Use in This Video:

  • The paint I’m using in this video is a high flow liquid acrylic from Golden, it’s like a creative secret weapon – always fun, always experimental! Look at that rich color! If you want to learn more about working with these paints, check out my class, Fluid Art.


  • I’m pretty much obsessed with gold paint right now, the one I use to make the little “finishing” dot on the page is fluid acrylic, also from Golden.




Hints for Getting Creative:

  • Don’t make such a big deal out of “making art.” Just sit down and experiment. Write out your feelings. Doodle a pattern.  Cover a page in paint. Open your journal to a random page and play. You can try out things you see in this video or be inspired by your own interests.


  • Make your lettering interesting by changing it’s size and varying upper and lower case. Writing slowly and practicing also help your writing to develop and look more pleasing.


  • Instead of drawing first, write out a favorite quote and then paint a light coat of paint on the page.


  • Remember, the only way to get started with your art, is to just start  – whether for the first time ever, or the first time today. Sit down and do something, anything! Procrastination is the enemy of life-giving creative freedom.


  • The drawing technique I’m practicing is called blind contour drawing. You can find out more drawing techniques here. I find it’s an excellent way to really SEE, to SLOW DOWN, and to get present. I hope you do too.


If you’d like to learn more about art journaling in this intuitive way, you can check out my e-book, Starting Your Art Journal, or one of my e-courses here.


Creatively Yours,




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  1. Linda

    Hi Amy,
    The video link above is not working this morning 🙁

    • Amy Johnson Maricle

      HI Linda:

      I’m so sorry that you weren’t able to view the video! It seems to be working on my machine, but I am addressing a few things to improve site speed with my webmaster. In case you’d like it, here’s the direct link to the You Tube video:


  2. Jan

    Hi Amy,

    I just discovered your site a few days ago and I’m really enjoying your videos and information. I have absolutely no background in art, not even in high school. I’ve never doodled, painted, sketched, coloured etc. But for some reason, I’ve been drawn to purchase an art journal. I want to do more self care this year and more crafting (crochet and sewing). I feel like I have something artistic in me that needs to get out. Seems strange since I’m over 50 and now this urge shows up LOL. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that your site has been very valuable to me. Sometimes I feel so mentally exhausted between my job and taking care of my disabled son, I just need an escape. I’m hoping to keep my art supplies on my desk and take time everyday to create something, even for a few minutes. Thanks for the info.

    • Amy Johnson Maricle

      HI Jan:

      it sounds like you are in absolutely the right place here at Mindful Art Studio! Welcome! Being a caregiver is such a full time job. I’m SO happy that you’ve seen how much taking the time to fill yourself creatively will help you give back and feel better. Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do to help you along your creative journey! ‘

      XO Amy



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