A little something different in this post. I’ve been admiring journals and journalling for a while. The mixed media techniques, the thoughts and sentiments that make it into every creative page.
So, I decided to start John’s Journal.
This being the first, will likely not be the same as the fifty-first.
To start off with though I have created a journal by buying one. Lol. No seriously, it was just a large notepad with a lovely soft cover so I decided that this would be ‘the’ one.
The pages were a little flimsy as it’s only a budget jotter so I doubled up the pages and glued them together. Much better. Even the glue adds to the stability and resistance of the surface.
I did discover one handy idea that I thought might be useful if you are just starting out too. That is to place something behind the pages that you are working on. A thin backing sheet or a bit of cling film. This will stop all of the mess you will make from seeping and spreading through the rest of the journal.
Now, I guess that the first page would need some form of theme. As you well know, I have had some rocky moments lately but I didn’t really want to start the journal with those. I wanted something that the second I opened the book, would remind me that there is good in the world.
I sat and pondered over a freshly brewed cup of steaming tea and read through some of your comments on Facebook about whether you prefer bags or loose leaf and then I realised that quite simply the theme was staring me right in the face!
Time to break out some ‘stuff’.
Now, don’t ask me why I chose what I chose but I started at the start and just went with it.
Eventually I ended up with …
Actually quite happy with this. So BRIGHT and full of impact. That’s NEVER going to fail to do what it was intended to do now is it? LOL.
Ok, listen, I genuinely have forgotten the order in which I did what I did as this was a little ‘me’ time each day so I didn’t bother noting things down. Hope you don’t mind.
What I can tell you is this.
- I did apply a coat of gesso to the pages before starting.
- I used a Pebeo modelling paste and a teacup stencil to start the side bits. Cut out cardstock was added later.
- All of the paints and paint markers used were from Pebeo.
- The stencils were from various places including TCW, Tim Holtz and a random metal one.
- I maybe should have planned a layout before I started.
- The lettering was initially added using printouts from the computer; I may now look like a professional ransom note writer!
- I drank a LOT of tea during the making of this.
Ok, that’s about all I can think of at this time. ‘Ere, let me show you a few more photos and then, if you’ve got any questions, you can pop them in the comments section below; deal?
Ok, that’s this one done. Not sure when the next one will be as, like I said, it’s a bit of ‘me’ time so I work it in around the other stuff that pays the bills. Hehe.
Thanks for reading! Catch you again soon.