THE FIRST PAGE OF AN ART JOURNAL – A new art journal with its blankness in all it’s glory can be be intimidating. This blank page can create a block, but I find that making the first page a cover page or an information page takes away the pressure. Once I decide what this particular art journal’s purpose is, I can then jump into illustrating the first page. In this case, it is the cover page of a journal I will keep for the entire year of 2014 with watercolor illustrations of an artist’s life by the sea. If the art journal has another purpose, such as botanical sketches, or plein air, etc, then it will have a first page with some small sketch, space for a start and end date of the journal and my contact information just in case my art journal is lost or misplaced. Once the spell of the blank page is broken, I can jump in and go forward into the adventure of adding art to the journal.