Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday is Journalling

I got to thinking... what makes people afraid that a single mark on a book will damage it? Why is a partially cracked spine worse than one that shows signs of constant reading? It is a mystery to me why people treat books as if they are part of the National Treasure. Books were made to be handed from hand to hand, in the beginning they were made strong because there were so few of them but now we have millions of books in nearly every language on this globe and still people treat them as if they are made of gold and precious jewels...sheesh.

This Week's Inspiration

1) Grab the book you have designated as your journal. Open it to any page except the first ten or the last ten. Bend the book until the covers meet. Bend it as many times as you need to to get the pages to lie flat
2) You will need some tools for the next part but don't worry they are things you have around the house.
  • two shot glasses or similar small glasses, bowls, cups whatever, just make sure they are not from your good set because they are going to get a bit messy
  • newspaper, drop cloth something to cover your work area
  • a set of water paints (you know those sets of pans you get at the dollar store for a buck or two)
  • a paint brush or two, if you have several different size ones gather them at your work area
  • your journal
Fill the shot glasses with water these are for wetting and rinsing your brushes, remember to rinse after you have finished with a color. Sprinkle a little water on the watercolor tray to soften up the paints a bit as well
Choose a brush and dip it in water, Now dip it is a color, swirl it around a bit if you want a less transparent color. Now swipe any where on those two pages. Thats right any where with any color. Don't think about it just do it.
Repeat changing colors every now and then. Change your brush every now and then as well if you have multiples. Do this until the page is covered in color. Let Dry!

Oh look no more white page but a page full of color waiting for you to jot down your thoughts. We'll talk about that next week. For the rest of this week repeat this exercise. I would suggest that you do at least five sets (ten pages).

Your page may look something like this. There is no right or wrong only what you feel.

Your basic watercolor kit

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1 comment:

  1. I am soooo doing this!

    Thank you for the inspiration!

    I am ryuluna from swap-bot~
    Sorry I'm late!