Make A Journal In A Jar for Art Journal Inspiration

Make a journal in a jar for art journal inspiration. Explore colors, textures, and products! It’s a quick & Easy DIY project that you’re definitely not going to want to miss!

collage of journal in a jar images with text: Journal in a Jar Get Inspired & Be Creative Art Journal InspirationI spent some time today putting together what I’m going to call a journal in a jar.

It’s a jar full of art journaling-related things on pieces of paper, ranging from colors to techniques to products.

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If you’re interested in knowing what all made it into the jar, here’s the list:

Colors: monochromatic, white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue, purple, tan, brown, black, gray, clear

Geometry: circles, squares, triangles, diamonds, hearts, arrows, hexagons, chevrons, grid

Surfaces: song lyrics, poetry, old envelope, handwritten note, book paper, sheet music, tissue paper/sewing pattern, tags, tickets, fabric, patterned paper, vellum, graph paper, canvas, washi tape, confetti, sequins, micro beads, ribbon, fiber, thread, baker’s twine

Texture: brayer, sponge, cheese cloth, bubble wrap, shelf liner, punchinella, doilies, roller stamps, foam stamps, rubons

Techniques: resist, collage, ephemera, stamping, doodling, masking, stenciling, paper piecing, mosaic, handmade mask/stencil, handmade stamp, heat embossing, dry embossing, hand lettering, handwriting, finger painting, batik, photo tinting, image transfer, gesso etching, machine stitching, hand stitching

Products: spray ink, acrylic paint, alcohol inks, pens, pan pastels, modeling paste, glass beads, mod podge, india inks, crackle paint, heavy body acrylic, clear embossing powder, utee, perfect pearls, chalks, watercolors, stickles, glitter, crayons, bleach, distress inks, distress stains

Wow! What a list!

Here’s the finished journal in a jar:

Journal in a Jar made using decorative tag, plastic jar, and printed creative prompts

I have no idea where this little jar originally came from, but I loved the lid, so… the tag was made on kraft with Dylusions ink spray and glimmer mists, bombay inks, watercolors, and Thickers. I also used a few of my favorite stamps for the background. I tied the tag to the lid with fibers and baker’s twine.

Journal in a Jar on a shelf with other craft supplies
Such a cute little project – love it! I’m going to use it for days when I need just a little inspiration…

Where do you get inspiration from? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Happy Sunday!

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  1. Definitely a cute little jar.
    I tried something like that with popsicle sticks in a can once, but your idea is cuter 🙂

    Inspiration for me lately mainly comes from Pinterest and scrapbook galleries and blogs!

  2. love the journal jar and the blog. what is the art journaling pages for will they all end up in on big book…. can you journal on then once dried.

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