Dictionary Art Journal Ideas

I discovered the idea of Dictionary Art Journaling after watching a YouTube video.  The idea is to choose a word on a page of the dictionary, and then highlight it and illustrate it.  A perfect art project for someone like me, who loves words.  (Remember, puns are my favorite type of joke.)  Plus, I’ve been collecting vintage dictionaries for years.

As usual with a new art project, I’m a little obsessed with it.   I’m having fun doodling and trying new techniques.

Here are some of my favorites:

Dictionary Art by QuiltedCupcake

Dictionary Art Circles by QuiltedCupcake

Dictionary Art Page Garden

Owl Dictionary Art Page

Dictionary Art Tree

My dictionary is a large 1955 Webster’s, and it’s perfect. Found it at a thrift shop for $2.

I started by applying gesso to the pages; however, I found it wasn’t needed.  I’ve been using Tim Holtz Distress Inks to watercolor the images with great results!  A sharpie or sakura micron permanent pen works well.

There’s a Facebook group you can join to share your work, and get inspired.  You can find it here.


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