Art Journal & Mixed Media Art

An art journal, or artist’s journal, is a book kept by an artist as a visual, and sometimes verbal, record of her thoughts and ideas.

Art journals generally combine visual journaling and writing, to create finished pages. Every imaginable style, media and technique is used by art journalists. When it comes to the types of work represented in artist journals, there really aren’t any rules, and each book is as unique as the artist who created it.

Mixed media art is a concept that was developed in the twentieth century as postmodern artists began to bend the rules of traditional high arts such as painting and sculpture. However, mixed media concepts can be found throughout time as long as one considers any artwork using more than one type of material (or medium) to be classified as mixed media art. Today, mixed media art is popular among both professional artists as well as hobbyists who enjoy „crafting” projects such as collage and card making.

Many people may also know mixed media art as assemblage art, a term which refers to both professional and hobby activities related to the mixed media concept. Many of the most popular pieces completed using mixed media art are collages, altered objects and books, 2D and 3D assemblage, artist trading cards (ATCs), greeting cards, journaling, and bookmaking.

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