- water-proof black ink pens
- circle labels (like you find at office supply stores)
- water soluble crayons (or watercolors or thin paint)
- your art journal (I like moleskines)
- Take a sheet of circle office supply labels and doodle on them using a water-proof pen. For these, I used a fine pen, then I went over the top with a thicker pen. Don't think too much, just doodle. Here is my result:
- Color the labels with caran d'arche water soluble crayons. Use less water than I did, or your pen ink might run a bit (like mine did).
- Now you have your own unique embellishments for your art journal. At this point, you can do whatever you want with them. But I'll show you one idea for putting them on a page. If at any time you want to deviate from these directions and do your own thing, please do!
- Place the circles on the page for flowers. You can group them together like I did or however you think you want your flowers. Draw some doodled stems and petals with waterproof markers.
- Color around the flowers with water-soluble crayon and wet slightly. Don't be too perfect.
- Apply rub-ons or stickers or just some doodles for the stems. I used rub-ons.
- At this point - or any - you could decide you are done. I decided I wanted more doodles. And I went a little wild, and ended up not being so happy about the result. So I am not done.
- At this point, I decided I needed to unify the flowers and the stems, so I went in with black ink and a pen.
The final result:
A note on Drawing/Doodle - putting your own mark down may be scary at first. You may hate it. Draw over what you hate. Keep going. Don't be tight. I know these all sound like cliches. They are, but they also are true. The nice thing about the labels is that you can use only the ones you like and they aren't directly on your journal page. But for drawing the stems and stuff on your page, if you hate it, try painting over it in white or black paint.
And if you try this tutorial and blog about it, please leave a comment with a link to your blog post, I'd love to see what you have created!