For the week four Creative Companion journaling event, we will be diving deep into the watercolor realm. We will explore backgrounds, textures, and atmospheres to fill more pages of your journal. Get your journals and supplies ready, and let's have some creative fun!
If you have watercolor ground or gesso, prep a couple of pages with it 24 hours before Monday's live class. Acrylic grounds need some time to cure before painting. If you don't have watercolor ground, and your journal pages are too thin to accept watercolor, have a couple of small sheets of watercolor paper handy to try the techniques.
Watercolor Backgrounds for Art Journals
Watercolors are fantastic for creating backgrounds in journal pages. They can be soft and blended, or they can be scribbly with lots of texture. Watch the short video below to get a sneak peek of some of the things we will be doing on Monday!
Journal artist Louise Despont creates beautiful art in old ledgers with simple materials. Take a few moments to watch this inspiring video!
This week's session was about creating textures with stencils, foundation layers, and image transfers. To get the best results for the direct image transfer using a gel medium, let the medium dry entirely before attempting to moisten the back of the image and rubbing off the paper. In the demo, I tried to rub off the image too soon, and the paper tore before the image emulsion had a chance to stick to the journal page. The most important thing is not to rush the process as your fearleass leader did in the live demo. :-)
This Weeks Creative Journal Prompts
It is more satisfying to work in several journals than only one. I like using one journal for quick sketches and ideas, another for watercolors, and mixed media. As your creative journaling journey continues, you will want to try different techniques and weights of paper. I made a single sheet folded pocket-sized journal out of one sheet of heavyweight watercolor paper and created a video on creating it. Enjoy!
This weeks creative journaling prompts are There is no control, and Person who is lost:message chalked on the sidewalk.
When you start to create a journal page, you may have an idea in mind or a story to tell. Sometimes a journal page theme will appear on its own as you apply the pen or splash the paint around. The most important thing to do is to do it and see what happens. Creative journaling is all about play and experimentation. There are no rules; just have fun.
Sometimes a page starts out one way and takes an undesired, unexpected turn. When that happens, go with it and see what you can create out of what may seem like a mess.
I often journal with watercolors, which can be a challenging medium. I created a video to show what happens when you think you've messed up a journal page. You will be surprised at the results when you loosen up and let go!
Besides a pencil, a pen, markers, and some paints, there are supplies we are going to recommend for a more enhanced creative journaling experience. Although they are not required, we will be using these supplies often in future Creative Companion events. The three essential supplies can be purchased at Dick Blick.com or Amazon. They will be indespensible in your journaling journey, and are useful for many other creative projects!
Live Class Every Monday!
The Creative Companion journaling event happens every Monday at 11 am MST for the next eight weeks. If you aren't able to make it to every live class, you can catch up by watching a recording of the event, and you are welcome to join us at any time! Be sure to bookmark this page, and visit it often for updates. We encourage you to share your journal pages in the comment section below each post. See you next Monday!
How to start creating a new journal can be overwhelming, so it's best to dive in without thinking about it too much. As your journaling journey progresses, your journal will guide you to a theme as you fill the pages with your creativity. The only rule for art journaling is, there are no rules!
Scribble, write, and draw on the blank pages. Start with the first page and a few middle pages to get everything started. Create colorful backgrounds by throwing colors on the pages and blend the colors with a brush or brayer. Scribble words into the wet paint for texture. Write secret thoughts and feelings with a pencil, knowing you will cover them up later. Have some fun expressing what's in your mind and heart.
Week One Creative Prompt
Write or draw a story using these prompts: Spouse doesn't notice, and Recluse. These were the cards taken from the Storymatic game, which will give you a jumping-off point for your journaling. You can combine the two, or create a story from one. Tune into Stillness is another prompt drawn from the Mindfulness card deck. These prompts can invoke all kinds of stories, real or imagined. Doodle, write, and illustrate in your journal this week using these prompts if you wish!
Making your journal from scratch can be very satisfying, and the piano hinge journal is especially great for creative journaling. The pages and be added and removed just by removing the skewers! The Crafting Club hosted a live class on how t0 make the journal. If you missed it, you could watch it here!
Grab several sheets of copy paper, decorative paper, bamboo skewers, scissors, ruler, pencil so you can make one too!