How to make an art journal from a dollar store notebook - great idea and so much cheaper

Want to start art journaling, but don’t have a lot of money to invest? Over at eBay, I have written instructions for how to make an art journal out of a notebook (or book or coloring book) from the dollar store. The process is easy, and a lot cheaper than buying a brand new blank art journal. Find out how to make your own art journal here: [make an art journal for cheap]

A month ago, I took a class on art journaling on a whim (I just dropped into a store and signed up for their next class), and I have been having so much fun learning all about a new type of art. Art Journals can be anything you want them to be, but at their most basic, they are a journal that incorporates images and writing. I challenged myself to start a dollar store art journal, so I am documenting the process (along with my tips and journal prompts) over at eBay, so please come over and follow along!


  • Coloring book, $1
  • Masking tape, $1
  • Gesso, $8 and up (buy online at a discount, or use your coupon at the local craft store)
  • Scissors, on hand
  • Paint brush, on hand

Total: $10