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Easy How to Draw an Art Journal Cover

Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw an Art Journal Cover. It’s easy to learn how to put letters in front of a burst.

A drawing of an art journal cover, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.
A step by step tutorial for how to draw an easy art journal cover, also available as a free download.

Years of experimenting in the classroom helped me develop a very inexpensive way to make art journals with hundreds of students, for just pennies apiece. And rather than create more work they actually streamlined the classroom process.

Whenever possible, I would provide students with corrugated cardboard for the cover. After watching too many of them just scribble their name on the front, I started making cover art one of the projects. This cartoon lettering was a favorite. You can read more about my Recycled Art Journals HERE.

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Materials to Draw an Art Journal Cover

  • Corrugated Cardboard. Please try to recycle use old boxes.
  • Pencils. These are my favorite and make nice dark lines.
  • Black Marker. The perfect medium size tip marker for tracing.
  • Colored Markers. I love this Stabilo brand. The color selection can’t be beat.
  • Note: All of the above are Amazon affiliate links.

Step by Step directions for an Art Journal Cover

Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw Letters

  1. Lightly draw large capital ART stick letters.

  2. Trace around the stick letters to turn them into block letters.

  3. Trace the block letters with a marker. Erase pencil lines.

  4. Draw a burst in pencil. Note: It MUST be smaller than the letters.

  5. Erase all the burst lines inside the block letters.

  6. Trace small burst lines with a black marker. Draw a larger burst around the outside.

  7. Trace the larger burst with the marker.

  8. Use the marker to draw a shadow on the bottom and right of each letter.

  9. Color with markers, using contrasting colors.

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