Some folks have difficulty writing on their journal pages so I thought I would give you a few ideas to get you going. There are many ways to commit pen to paper but sometimes it’s just difficult deciding what to go with. Often I use the wavy lines to begin writing – my favourite tools to use are micron pens but lately have been using copic pens to draw the wavy lines and then fill in the lettering with micron pens and copic pens. Once in a while I use gel pens as well. White out pens and sharpie poster pens are handy for filling in the dots 🙂
Sometimes I just begin absent mindedly doodling in front of the TV and a face appears. I get the idea that there is a story behind the face so I let it unfold and just start journaling around the face. Simple right? I used micron pens here.
Or same idea here with the blackberry page.
This is the “about me” page in my book Journal Bliss. I drew a woman’s body, coloured her in and hen journaled directly inside the body. This is a fun and interesting way to write your thoughts.
You may recall a while back I had to write a letter of recommendation for Cintha my organizational guru and kept stalling. Cintha very cleverly said “why don’t you make the letter into an art journal page?” So I did – I ended up writing the letter inside the woman’s clothing (you can’t see it here but you can imagine right?). Now that was easy wasn’t it? I actually liked this illustration so much that I colour copied it before printing the letter of recommendation and have used it a few times for other purposes – that’s called leveraging 🙂
An easy way out of the writing dilemma is to use “talk bubbles” like I did here.
Or here (gremlin).
Or let’s just write inside a face shall we?
Or as in this princess page I simply typed out some text, printed it out and glued it onto the page. Easy peasy!
Here I wrote some words with my micron pens on graph paper and then glued them to the collaged page.
You can use rub ons to write out your message. Another idea is to paint a swipe of colour (here I mixed blue acrylic with gesso) lighter than the background colour so I could write some text directly on top.
Same idea as the talk bubble – you can cut out shapes like I did here, journal inside of them and adhere to your page. I think it adds a whimsical flare to the page don’t you think?
Sometimes all you need is one word – just draw the letters with an ink pen and fill in with pencil crayons or water colours.
You can also write in a spiral – just sketch out a spiral and begin writing from the center outward. I’m sure I have done this at some point but cannot find any samples.
You could also steal from the scrapbooking industry and make your own Journal spots like rectangles with lines in them and frames around them – photo copy and use repeatedly.
I’ll add more ideas as I think of them!
If you would like to be inspired with reasons to Journal check this out……..there are numerous reasons to journal. I think you’ll be motivated to journal on topics you never even deemed “journal worthy” 🙂
Question about yesterdays tutorial
Regarding yesterday’s post – CJ asked why I mixed acrylic paint on the page with a baby wipe. Because I had added gesso in big glumps the page was bumpy. Ordinarly I would scrape or brush the paint on but the bumps made this difficult. So I decided to swirl the paint around with a baby wipe – just a hint of colour in some spots so that certain elements of the background would show through.
P.S. If you liked this Art Journal Spot Ideas post and you think it would benefit other journalers would you mind tweeting it? Thank you so much! xo