<p>All your existing art supplies -- paints and brushes, crayons, pencils, paper, canvas, etc. -- can be used for art journaling or creating altered pages. You don&#39;t need anything special, other than perhaps some decent glue. Though starting an art journal can be an excuse to treat yourself to a new color such as a metallic, some handmade paper, or a beautiful pen!</p><p>If you&#39;re concerned about the longevity of what you&#39;re creating, use archival glue and tape, which will last and not &#34;eat&#34; the paper over time. Otherwise, any glue will do. Most white, paper glues should be just fine.<br/><br/>If you&#39;re using with acrylic paint, this also works as a glue, as does many <a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/an-introduction-to-acrylic-mediums-for-painting-2577372" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">acrylic mediums</a> (especially those that dry clear rather than white).</p>Marker pens make it easy to add lettering. Ones with permanent ink rather than water-soluble can be painted over without them smudging (though leave them a few minutes to dry to be sure). Pens with brush-shaped tips are very versatile as you can get a fine line and a broad, sweeping stroke.<p>An art journal or altered book is a great place to use those &#34;little treasures&#34;, &#34;special somethings&#34;, handmade papers, and photos you&#39;ve collected. Decorate a page, or use an element as the jumpstart for a page&#39;s design.</p>Photos, copies of your paintings, lettering ... anything you create on your computer works better if it&#39;s not printed on boring, ordinary computer paper.<p>An art journal can take any shape or form you wish. Maybe loose pages kept together in a nice folder, or punched to file in a ring binder? A hardback blank book or a softback? A large-scale sketchbook or a pocket Moleskine? Lots of books so you can do lots of covers, or one with numerous pages?</p>A ready-made blank canvas book means you can get straight onto the creative, fun bit of painting up your pages! Canvas pages also lend themselves to sewing on elements, such as button and fabric. The pages are soft and floppy, and will bend over texture and added items.A ready-made blank blank book means you can get straight onto the creative, fun bit of painting up your pages! The stiff, firm pages won&#39;t buckle when painted, but if you create lots of texture the book won&#39;t fold up flat. If you find this annoys you, add a ribbon or elastic band to the cover to keep the pages closed, or a button with a piece of string to wrap around it.Always remember, it&#39;s <i>your</i> art journal, you can do whatever you like with it, and you <i>never</i> have to show anyone if you don&#39;t wish to. There&#39;s no right or wrong way of doing it. The balance of words to images depends on how you feel at that moment. How much or how little you do, whether you do it every day or every other day, that&#39;s your choice.<br/><br/>If you&#39;ve bought a bound journal and find the thought of starting at the first blank page too intimidating, start in the middle. Resist tearing out and destroying any page you think doesn&#39;t work immediately; leave it for reworking on a rainy day. If you worry you haven&#39;t the time to finish a page, just do part. Life has ups and downs, so why shouldn&#39;t your journal reflect this?If you can&#39;t decide where to start or what style of journal to create or have got yourself stuck in a creative block, then an inspirational book such as Cathy Johnson&#39;s Artist&#39;s Journal Workshop is definitely worth a look. It&#39;s full of ideas and examples, tips and suggestions.