There are several “ways” to art journal, and there is no wrong way. I have about 3-4 styles I incorporate into my journals.
The newest style for me is to sketch and then paint (usually water color but sometimes acrylic). Because I am very new at this and not “bent” toward being artistic anyway, I tend to use ideas from other people for this style. The ideas don’t just pop into my head yet. For example, here is my take on a piece that was inspired by a gal in one of my classes.
Ready for Fall
Ready for Fall was sketched, then gessoed, then painted with water colors and finished with pen work. This style requires a lot more work (with eraser in hand) than the style that is probably my favorite: wild and crazy painting/collage/markers, such as the following piece:
For this page I used the Gelli Plate with several stencils, several acrylic paints, book text, markers, Liquid Pearls, Stamps with Archival Ink, a little bit of Salty Ocean Distress Stain, and my new Montana markers (love)—a marker that is actually acrylic paint. I even used some OilBar for the first time. I covered this all with DecoPage, since it had some smudgy stuff on it. This was a really fun, no stress page.