More truthfully, one way to finish an art journal page (because however you do it is the right way.)
I am near the end of my small A5 art journal. I am kind of tired of it and more interested in working in the new square one. All the pages have backgrounds, some with a few bits of collage. Do I just leave them and consider it 'done'?
Well that is always an option. But it would also be a wasted opportunity. As with ugly backgrounds, there is a freedom in not caring. I had considered just leaving these pages unfinished, so now I have permission to try whatever. And as I do, I find to my surprise my interest returning.
The spread above had the pink background and the 2's, the left two with writing inside. I went into my images and pulled out ones that appealed. The timeface is part of a watch (remember you can always use pieces of images rather than the whole thing), and the flower came with the butterflies. I left the white around the flower because it was easier to cut out, and it echoed the white-edged two. Then came some writing that was meaningful to me.
Sometimes my students have trouble with knowing 'what to write'. Write anything you want - just write and see what comes out. I have written to do lists, why not? It is all play. Thoughts that happen to be running through my head. Rarely I use quotes, but sometimes I will save them in a spread. I would say use up to 20% quotes, have the rest be your words. It is your art journal.