Guides to Fine Arts Like Painting, Designing, Architecture, Sculpture, Photography and More

By Amy Norman

So you think you're an artist? You can only know what is right for you. Discard negativity. An artist is someone who makes art. So if you have the soul of an artist within you, it's important to feed that gift and make art. Your art does not have to obtain popularity. Paper and pencil are simple components of beginning a piece of art.

It is not important whether you make a living from your work or if you are a Saturday afternoon sketcher at the local cafe. Art may not be included in your everyday life, but may be a great outlet for you to discover new things.


Ideas need to be brought out through simple sketches and drawings. Most artists own at least one sketchbook and many have a collection. Many of the best art pieces began as small ideas and scribbles on paper. Old sketches that may be insignificant to an artists can later come to life as new ideas develop new art from an old design.

Carrying a sketchbook is a habit to form today. A medium sized book that may fit in a small bag, but is big enough for art is idea. Comfort fitting pencils and pens should be carried along with your sketchbook. Art Journaling

Any item included in a sketch book, whether a sentence, poem or picture, is art journaling. You can make your own art journal by sewing together sheets of paper or you can select a store-bought book. It's the artist's ultimate decision.

One popular interpretation of art journaling is the mixed media collage. Collage creation can be done on one piece of paper or a book. Diversely colored water-based paint should be applied on a page or multiple pages. You can choose more than one color and blend them together. Let the paint dry. Attach a variety of images from several different print material with glue to create a collage. In addition to attached material, more items can be added with paint, ink or more images. All contents of the collage can be dried through a long process of air-drying or the simple use of a hairdryer.

Decorative Sketches

Yes, doodling is a valid art form. Doodling is a simple design that can become elaborate. A simple scribbled item that was create out of boredom can become an intricate design. New art can be created through a small simple image that has new items constructively added to it through doodling. Fill in some of the spaces with your pen. When you are done, you will find that you have created something that is interesting to look at.

Save your work, whether they are sketches, complete journals, or random doodles. Place loose pages in a folder or a sketchbook. Don't be shy about dating your work and adding notes about what inspired you, what the work is about, or anything that you want to remember. You are the artist and this is your work.

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