Another page from my red and black journal that seemed appropriate for the challenge at Three Muses, "Word Salad." Love those clipped words! The quote at the bottom is actually referring to a scientific outpost in Anarctica but I found those words to be completely relevant to art journaling as well so snip, snip and onto a page it goes.
And this is the part where I impart a little wisdom to beginners, whether you're just starting out in journaling or mixed media in general - LESS IS MORE! Limit your palette, limit the tools, limit the stuff! There is sooo much cool stuff out there but in reality, it will just get in the way of actual art-making, especially at first. Someday, I'll post pictures of my studios (yes, I have more than one!) and you'll see that I am not immune to "too much stuff" disease. Nope, completely and thoroughly afflicted with that...but look what it took to make a successful journal page: some star stickers from the office supply store, magazine clippings and an image. Tools? Scissors and glue. All the "stuff" took a backseat to thought and presentation. Sure, a little serendipity was involved: how perfect that I happened to have the word "journey" in red so it could stand out and how grand that the image I've had for years only now felt right for what I wanted to say. However, if I hadn't collected some stuff together by color scheme, I wouldn't have seen the spot-on combination of word and image lurking in my studio. In the last year or two, as my stuff has ballooned to suffocating levels, I've taken to creating "theme boxes" to hold things related to those "looks" or theme I most often return to...red & black, romantic, Zetti and so forth. When I'm working in the red and black journal, I only look to the red & black box for papers, ribbons, clippings, images, tissues, and embellishments. When I have a special project going on, I create a box for it. When I shop, I limit myself to shopping for "consumables" like paints and inks, information in the form of books and magazines, and then by theme box. It doesn't make any sense to purchase Marie Antoinette stuff when I have no projects ongoing that require that style or theme. This method of limitation and simplification has worked well to stop the stash from further encroachment on my creative process. And that, my friends, is what really should be center stage.