5 Ways to Get Started with Digital Art Journal

Are you interested in creating a digital art journal but don’t know where to start? Look no further! In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know to get started with digital art journal..

What is Digital Art Journal?

Digital art journal is a form of creative expression that combines traditional art journaling techniques with digital tools. It allows you to create beautiful, personalized pages using your computer and software such as Adobe Photoshop or Procreate.

What is art journaling ?

Art journaling is a creative practice that combines writing, drawing, painting, and other artistic techniques to express thoughts, emotions, and experiences. It is a personal diary where individuals can visually document their inner reflections and outer experiences. Art journaling emphasizes visual representation and encourages experimentation with different mediums and styles. It is a therapeutic and introspective process that promotes self-discovery, reflection, and self-expression. Art journaling can serve as a means of personal growth, stress relief, and connection with others, allowing individuals to create a unique and captivating visual record of their journey. You can have all the same great benefits digitally.

Getting Started with Digital Art Journal

Here are some steps to help you get started with digital art journaling:

1. Find Inspiration

Before you start creating, it’s important to find inspiration. Browse Pinterest, Instagram, or other social media platforms for ideas and inspiration. You can also check out online galleries or blogs for inspiration. I also use magazines and my own paper art journal you can check on my youtube channel for my paper art journaling here.

2. Gather Your Supplies

To get started with digital art journaling, you’ll need a few basic supplies:

  • A computer or tablet
  • Digital art software such as Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or Procreate
  • A stylus or digital pen
  • A collection of digital brushes and textures , digital stencils, transfers
  • Digital scrapbooking kits and supplies can be used also to create art journal pages.

3. Choose Your Style

Digital art journal is a versatile medium that allows for a wide range of styles and techniques. Here are some popular styles of digital art journal:

  1. Minimalist: This style focuses on simplicity and uses a limited color palette and minimal embellishments to create a clean, modern look.
  2. Hybrid: This style combines traditional art materials such as paint, ink, and paper with digital tools to create layered, textured pages.
  3. Artsy: This style emphasizes creativity and experimentation, using techniques such as blending modes, layer masks, and filters to create unique effects.
  4. Vintage: This style incorporates vintage elements such as old photographs, ephemera, and distressed textures to create a nostalgic feel.
  5. Whimsical: This style uses playful illustrations, bright colors, and fun typography to create a lighthearted and whimsical look.
  6. Grungy: This style uses rough textures, distressed edges, and muted colors to create a grungy, edgy look.
  7. Collage: This style uses cut-out images and text to create a layered, collage-like effect.
  8. Typography-based: This style emphasizes the use of typography and text to convey meaning and emotion.

These are just a few examples of the many styles of digital art journaling. The possibilities are endless! Choose a style that appeals to you and start experimenting.

4. Create Your First Page

Once you have your supplies and inspiration, it’s time to create your first page. Start by choosing a theme or color scheme and selecting images and textures that fit your theme. I get a lot of inspiration with quotes or images. Art Journal is healing many times a situation that stresses you inspire you to create art and let your emotions go.

5. Experiment with Techniques

Digital art journaling is all about experimentation. Try different techniques such as layer masks, blending modes, and filters to create unique effects in your pages. Elements like digital gesso, tranfers and digital scrapbooking papers gives a nice why to bend.

Advanced Techniques for Digital Art Journal

Once you’ve mastered the basics of digital art journaling, you can start experimenting with more advanced techniques such as:

  • Using dynamic brushes, pattern brushes.
  • Using typography creatively
  • digital collage techniques.
  • Creating mixed media pages using both traditional and digital techniques

Examples of Digital Art Journal Pages

Here are some examples of beautiful digital art journal pages created by artists:


Digital art journaling is a fun and creative way to express yourself using digital tools. With these tips and techniques, you’ll be well on your way to creating beautiful pages that reflect your unique style and personality.

I hope this post helps you get started with digital art journaling!

If you want to learn Artsy digital scrapbooking take a look at this post on what you need to digital scrapbooking.

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