Build a Better World Through Art Journals

What is an Art Journal?

An art journal is taking an old book and recycling it into a new one. Basically, you’re taking the old book you have and you’re giving it a new cover. An art journal doesn’t just have to be for art, it can be used as a scrap book, a recipe book, a journal, and even a story book. Posted in the picture below is just one example of the covers of Art Journals.

What does this have to do with the Aurora Public Library?

On June 15 and June 29 from 2-5, we are offering a FREE Art Journal program for teens and adults. We will be offering two different types of art journals to choose from.

Is the program just for teens and adults?

The program is strictly for teens and adults, aged 13 and up.

What about materials?

Everything for the program will be provided. All you need to do is bring yourself and any unique items that you wish to place within your art journal.

How do we participate?

In order to create an Art Journal, you’ll need to call or venture into either one of our libraries and register for the program. We only have eight available spaces along with a waiting list.

What do you mean waiting list?

A waiting list is a list of names of people who wish to join the program, but joined after we already had our eight people. If we have a person that doesn’t show then the first person within that list will be called and asked if they are still interested in the program.

How long do we have to register?

Registration will start June 1 and it will end on June 10.

Posted in the picture below is just one of many examples of the inside of an art journal.

For more information, don’t hesitate to call 812-926-0646 and register for a spot today! We can’t wait to see you there!

Below are more examples of art journal covers and pages.


Mixed Media

Mixed Media in the art term refers to artwork that has more than one product used to create that piece of artwork.

(Picture Courtesy of Mixed Media May)

There is a distinction between ‘mixed media’ and ‘multimedia art’. Mixed media refers to visual art that combines different products. For example, a piece of artwork that would have paint, ink, and forms of paper stuck to it would be considered a mixed media. The term ‘multimedia art’ refers to a broad scope that combines visual art and non-visual art elements (for example: recorded sound), or with elements of the other arts (literature, drama, dance and/or motion graphics).


(Picture courtesy of Alexi Francis illustrations)

There are several different forms of mixed media art, but the best one in my opinion would have to be the altered book. An altered book is a form of mixed media art that changes a book from its original form into another form changing its appearance or meaning. Altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page or even as intricate as creating a folded book sculpture.

Another form of an altered book is known as an art journal. An art journal is simply a book. Art just refers to the decoration and items used within the book to decorate. You can use anything to decorate the book both inside and out. The limit? Your imagination!