My brother inherited all of the artistic skill from my Mum. I ended up with other useful creative traits, but I cannot draw my way out of a paper bag. So why on earth would I want to start art journalling?
I was inspired by Minny Bee when she invited me to Like her Daily Doodle Life Facebook page. Minny is an incredibly talented lady who you should definitely check out. It was her daily doodles and doodle reviews that got me interested in trying out art journalling.
I wanted the opportunity to add a little more creativity into my daily life without too much commitment to time and materials, and no pressure to make things perfect.
I didn’t do any research into what art journalling “should be”, and instead decided to make it my own, taking Minny’s fab idea and adapting it to what I was capable of. In fact, I decided to name the project a ‘doodle diary’ instead – mostly to lower artistic expectations!
I was never going to be able to draw such lovely and detailed images as she could, but I could draw basic little pictures as visual prompts to break up the text.
With all this in mind, I headed to the crafty creative haven that is Hobbycraft. I have spent more money in Hobbycraft than I care to admit. I know it’s definitely not the cheapest place to resource materials, but I managed to buy my doodle diary materials for a meagre £2. Yep, just £2.
I bought a coloured A5 sketchbook in a lovely mint green, clearly to match my blog (and bedroom decor!), and a pack of 24 felt tip pens from the kids section.
Now, this might sound like a blasphemous sin to ‘actual’ art journalling folk who might instead opt for Letraset pens which cost upwards of £30 for a big set, but for me, I quite like the thrifty and unprofessional approach! Whilst double-ended pens with different widths would be great in the future, my felt tips are just fine and don’t bleed at all through to the next page. Result!
So, to get started with my doodle diary, I wrote on the front of the book Cat’s Doodle Diary and the start date with a hyphen. This is so when I get to the end of the book, I can add the final date. I can then get a new sketchbook and add the first date of that book. I’m really hoping to keep this up for a while so I can start building up books to look back on in the future!
After labelling the book, I decided I wanted to add an introduction, so that when looking back I knew my reasoning for getting started. I’ll probably make this page more colourful in the future!
Next, I turned over the page to a double spread. I want to be able to fit a week into a double spread, as my weekend’s will be busier days, so the weekdays will likely include less doodles than Saturday’s and Sunday’s.
I don’t want to capture every minute detail of everyday, but instead I want to capture the essence of those days. I think to begin with, I’ve probably captured too much of the day, and over time this will be more of the ‘highlights’.
I would recommend starting by doing any doodles and text in pencil first. Then you can go over the pencil with your felt tips (or whatever pens you choose). Leave it for a while so the ink fully dries, then use a rubber to erase the pencil.
I’m quite looking forward to the learning process of building this diary, and I’m finding that I’m keen to fill up as much of each page as I possibly can!
I’ll be sharing more of the pages as they develop over on Instagram, so feel free to follow me Buy Phentermine 37.5 Online Pharmacy.