Created by Sophia Vida
For this Project you will need:
– Sakura Micron Pens in varying sizes
– Sakura Jelly Roll Pens in assorted colors
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils (24 count)
– Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal 9″ x 12″
– Round Watercolor Brush
– Clean water and paper towels
What is journaling? I’m very new to Journaling so I’ve been reading articles about it. I found the Somerset Journaling Magazine which is a quarterly publication that is packed full of journaling ideas, tips and techniques from various artists.
Some artists journal their inner most thoughts while others create themes for their journals. There are even artists who find the most unique and inventive ways to make handmade journals from re-used materials. The level of creativity is simply amazing.
Bottom line, journaling is anything you want it to be. It’s your place to do as you wish. You can keep it private or show off your journal pages. You can experiment with new mediums, techniques and color combinations. There is no right or wrong, only what makes you happy. Not to mention, it’s also light weight with minimum supplies making it perfect for travel.
It amazes me that after all of these years of crafting and painting how intimidating a blank page can be. Since I really don’t know what I am doing yet, I decided to follow the design of an artist named Roc Nicholas who had her work featured in the Autumn 2012 Somerset Journaling Magazine. In the article Roc gave detailed instructions on how to create your own coffee cup journal which was so unique. To find out more about Roc Nicholas, visit her blog at http://www.whatsuproc.blogspot.com/
What caught my eye more than anything was Roc’s use of colors. I love lots of color and just couldn’t stop looking at her pages. I would have to say watercolor paints are my favorite medium and so I decided to use them for these pages.
I started the first page by basically copying Roc’s design with Sakura Micron Black Pens in varying sizes. Next I used the Kimberly Watercolor Pencils (24 count) to color the page. I blended the colors using a round brush dipped in water. I rinsed and blotted the brush on a paper towel when I changed colors. This allowed the colors to blend nicely without looking muddy. Once it dried, I used the Sakura Jelly Roll Pens to highlight the page and that was it!
By the time I started the second page I built up a little courage and changed the sentiment and design a little. I followed all the same steps as the first page and before I knew it, I had another fun and colorful page that I absolutely loved!
There are so many things you can journal. For example, you can start a journal with a collection of your favorite quotes. Or you can fill a journal with fun things you did on weekends and family trips. You can even have a journal to commemorate holidays and celebrations with family and friends. As you can see, you can journal anything that strikes your fancy.
So what are you waiting for? Buy a journal or make your own journal. The possibilities are endless! The only requirement is to relax and have fun!!!
Thanks for looking and have lots of fun creating your own journal pages!
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