Diana Trout here today with a journal spill. A blank journal page can be hard to confront. That's why I sometimes start my pages with a word spill. It puts me in touch with my head and heart.
Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils
Pitt Artist Metallic Pens
PITT Artist Pens
For this page, I wrote with a rainbow of Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. It's helpful to turn your journal upside down. I arranged these pencils in rainbow order and got my pencil moving as quickly as possible so that my brain had no time to edit. Forget about spelling and punctuation and write real sloppy.
I worked through the rainbow of pencils for these two pages. I only completed one of the pages though. After scribble writing, use a wet paintbrush to blend out the color. Some of the lines may still be visible but that's OK. There is nobody that will work that hard to read upside down, sloppy, watery words. Your writing may have informed you but now it's just background pattern.
Don't forget to turn your book right side up before proceeding!
I added more color to the page by scribbling with another watercolor pencil. Use analogous colors (colors that are next to each other on the color wheel) when your colors are still wet so that you don't get mud. For instance, don't go over a wet green or blue area with orange!
You can dip your watercolor pencil into water or wet an area on the page to make a juicy line or area, such as the rectangular box above. I still wasn't sure where I was going with this page. I let one idea lead to another. Working in a flow that may require practice. I know it's hard, but try not to be afraid of messing up.
Flowers hold a great deal of meaning for me and these are easy to re-create. They are asterisks with extra lines through them, like Pom-Pom Mums. Since the light blue background was dry, I used a yellow Pitt Pen and yellow Watercolor pencil. The wet of the pen activated the watercolor pencil and blended into an orange. Since the blue background was dry there was no mud puddle.
I added some silver Metallic Pitt pen for the stamen center of the flower. I added more detail to my rectangle with a Medium size black Pitt pen.
After you've colored your stamp, be sure to "huff" on it with warm breath to moisten before you stamp. When you've finished stamping, wipe off your stamps with a wet rag just as you would for any ink. Don't worry if your stamps are stained. That means they are well loved.
I hope you'll pull out your journal and scribble away!
NOTE: I used a 140# watercolor paper journal for this page.