I am sure there are a million different answers to this question, because they are all correct:

What is your ideal size for an art journal, and why?

Do you like big journals so you can scribble wildly and expressively?

Do you prefer small journals that you can carry with you everywhere?

I'm curious what other people find comfortable and inspiring.

Also:

Do you prefer spiral bound, hard bound or loose pages?

 

For many years I've been using A5 sketchbooks (almost 6 x 9 inches), with a spiral binding.  It's just the right size for travel, yet big enough that I can get a lot of thoughts and images per page. I often write very small, so that helps.

 

As an art student our profs made us use larger sketchbooks (11 x 14), so that we would have more room to be expressive. I found them way too large! Difficult to carry around, which inhibited spontaneity.

 

So what about you: what size is your art journal and why?

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I'm an old broad who just found art journaling in January. I'd been scrapbooking for a few years before that.

 

FWIW right now I have several journals that I'm working in. I've got all that you mentioned above, but I'm loving doing the altered books. 

 

Hope to hear lots of tips and tricks from people more experienced than me.

 

*acck, no spell check?*

 

 

Almost more important to me than size is binding! I prefer spiral binding over hard or soft bound. After years of experiementing with both styles I have made my choice! It is so hard to look at those carefully crafted bound journals from 20 years ago that are almost too fragile to touch now.

I like to play with sizes, in general, the bigger the better! I want to be able to do bigger pieces in my art journals...and tend to have a much fun creating art on the covers for a "theme" as I do creating individual entries. I like to direct my journal with my cover art.

How about you? What do your favorite journals offer?

I have several going at the moment, most are spiral-bound about 6x8, which really is too small for my taste. I do have a couple maybe 8 x 10, but I'd really like a bigger one. I got a big lined bound journal at Borders; if the paper weren't so thin, I'd be in hog heaven.

I guess the paper itself is what matters more to me than size or binding. My little ones are Strathmore's with the 140 wt. watercolor paper - much too heavy for me.

 

Great to see you here, Scatter. I know we're in some things together!

 

I love the Strathmore Visual Journals w/wc paper (90lb and 140lb both), and like the larger size - 9" x 11" - but have the smaller ones too. I also love working in altered books, and do a lot of found poetry and altered text when working in them. I have an old, large "coffee table" book with heavy pages that has been recycled into an art journal and I love it also!

I just recently started my "Creative Art Journal"/Painting.

 

What I did was take an old Composition book, tear out the pages, and sewed and made my own art journal. I do use a sketchbook  every now and then, but I find myself wanting to use water colors on it and it just don't mix well. I use all sorts of sizes, just whatever feels right to me. As for now, I am using my home-made journal and I can't wait to make another one. =)

Great discussion, guys!  It sounds like there are as many different types of art journals as there are artists.

I love the idea of altered books and handmade journals.  Would love to see some pics if anyone wants to share! :)

Hi, I just joined! 

I am a jack of all trades when it comes to books - and papers.  I guess I haven't found my 'style' yet.  I should have by now, I have art journaled for ... oh, five years?  LOL.

I work in several books at one time - right now ... 2 handmade books (both 8.5 x 11); a spiral mixed paper book (6 x 6); a thin paper very small book (3 x 5); and many others I forget I have until I run across them again!  LOL.

I like to make my own but also like to buy them.  I do love custom bound books!

I am also interested in finding a coffee table book to alter ... that just sounds so COOL and fun!

Here is a sample of my books I have altered and made into art journals. One is called "Altered Feelings", and is my original poetry mixed with art/collage.
This is a collage page and poem I wrote.

 

Here is a 2-page spread in another altered book/art journal called "Faded Blossoms" Here I am combining "altered text" with the art.

I have a lot more examples, as I am working in several books at once, lol!

One of my favorite "canvases" for altered books/art journals is old fashioned typing class books, because you can alter every page and the binding allows the book to lie flat. My Music & Dance book is made on one of them. I also like old encyclopedias for use with tip-ins, and my Moon book is made from one of them. I make my journals of whatever seems to be pertinent to my life at the moment, from hard cover books to sudoku books. Nothing's fallen apart yet.
I tried to find your altered books on flickr, but couldn't. Please, I'd love to see some pages in that huge, stuffed altered book, Places, or something, I think it was.

Jean Marie Waldron Beasley said:
One of my favorite "canvases" for altered books/art journals is old fashioned typing class books, because you can alter every page and the binding allows the book to lie flat. My Music & Dance book is made on one of them. I also like old encyclopedias for use with tip-ins, and my Moon book is made from one of them. I make my journals of whatever seems to be pertinent to my life at the moment, from hard cover books to sudoku books. Nothing's fallen apart yet.

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