Mixed Media Altered Book Art Journaling with Teens

I have a confession to make. I’m an art lover. If it were up to me, I would do art all day, and not get anything else done.

When I was a kid, I doodled and daydreamed and created art to the exclusion of much else. It got me in trouble. My kids are acorns that have fallen RIGHT NEXT to the tree. I can’t tell you how many times I have said, “No drawing on your math page!”

They love art. Even though mama – mostly out of guilt and shame for “wasting” so much time on it as a kid – has NOT put proper emphasis on art in our homeschool.

Listening to myself say “wasted time” and art in the same sentence makes me cringe on a gut level. For me, Math or Spelling, while important, could NEVER compare to the beauty of art, music, poetry, photography or cooking.

That’s the beauty of homeschooling, though: being able to teach to a child’s gifts and bent. I’ve failed my children for not honoring and properly addressing their God-given talents by providing them with more art instruction. Thankfully this school year I figured that out and signed them up for an art class.

And I want you to go read in my daughter’s words (at her blog) about their new skill. It is called ALTERED BOOK ART JOURNALING. And it is wildly cathartic. I can practically feel the stress melt when I am creating art. I love to see my children engaged in it and to cheer them on as they discover themselves through the process.

Blog and Tell January

Right now at the Homeschool Post they are asking homeschoolers to link up the artwork their children are making to spice up this cold winter month.

I hope after you read my daughter’s mixed media art journaling tutorial, that not only will you go out and create some art with your kids, but that you will link up with us and share the inspiration!

Need some ideas? Check out my pinterest boards.

Art comes in so many forms: sewing, cooking, decorating, paper-crafts, and even website design!

What type of projects interest your children? You?

{ Make some art! }

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  1. Tiffani says

    We love art at our house, too! Not enough hours in the day to do all the art we want to do, and the school we need to do!