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I talked about what an art journal is and why you should have one. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you lack physical supplies, or you like the idea of ctrl-z-ing imperfections, then a digital art journal might be your solution.
What program do I use to make a digital art journal?
Use whatever software you have and are comfortable with. If you have Photoshop, then great. But you can also use any of the free programs & apps the Internet has to offer you.
- GIMP (the most Photoshop-like)
- Inkscape (for vector files)
- Tayasui Sketches (iPhone & Android)
- Autodesk Sketchbook (iPhone & Android)
You can use good old MS Paint if you want. The most important thing is that you actually like using whatever program or app you chose. 🙂
What tools do I need?
You can easily make a digital art journal with just your hands. Use your finger as a stylus on your phone, or click around with your mouse/track pad.
A stylus or stylus pen will give you finer control.
And you can download a multitude of free or paid clip art, textures, and brushes from all over the web.
- Etsy sellers offer a huge variety of all digital elements.
- My etsy shop offers hand drawn clip art & all sorts of backgrounds
- Creative Market has a huge collection of vendors offering everything mentioned above, plus fonts and high-res photos. They also offer freebies every week for you to sample.
- The Graphics Fairy is an old stand-by for art journalers. She offers a huge amount of vintage graphics for free.
- Here are 60 free Photoshop brushes.
- Free GIMP brushes round-up.
- TextureMate has loads of free textures and brushes if you don’t mind sifting.
What do I do with my digital journal pages?
Other than keeping your pages in a folder for the occasional slide show, here are some ideas for how to display and enjoy your creations
- Use them as a background on your PC, phone, tablet, etc. You can create your pages specifically to these dimensions or you can resize and crop them later.
- Print your pages with a service like Artifact Uprising, a local print shop, or your own printer. You can make photo books, wall art, etc.
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