So, how did Sojourn #6 go? Did you have some fun? Did you decorate your page with wild abandon and make something that made you blissfully happy? Did you add bits of journaling from your scratch paper to remind you what was going on with you on that day?Yay! My hope is for you to have a weeks worth of pages that you find joy just flipping through! Spilling your life can be all sorts of things for you… but one of my favorites is ending up with a creative page that reflects you! What you like. What makes you happy. If you are going to be spilling your life on the page, you are allowed to make pages that make you smile. Of course, you can do other things with your pages, experiment, work out emotions, things that might not be so pleasing to look at but you always have that option. It is amazing how adding a few bits of colorful paper and a picture of something you find beautiful or a doodle can change your entire outlook…
This is also true before you ever start out. If you start will a decorated background page, instead of an imposing blank page, it can make all the difference. The “mind dump” you do on plain white page can look like a scribbled mess. While the same “mind dump” looks a whole lot nicer when it has a background behind it. Starting a creative page can be so much easier if there is a bit of color on the page already.
So this week we are going to be decorating our pages before we do anything else. You can choose to decorate your background pages each day before you write or create. Or you can do a week’s worth at once. But I want you to put paint, collage, color… backgrounds on your pages. My favorite technique for making backgrounds that I can use for written journaling and art/creative journaling is “Acrylic Paint Scrubbing”. Now, that’s a mouthful! It is a very simple technique that gives you a rich beautiful background page that isn’t too distracting if you will be adding writing only but is also a lovely start for any creative journaling you want to do. If you decide to try this technique, you will need a few colors of acrylic paint. They can be any kind of acrylic paint. The cheap craft paint probably works better because it is a little more liquidy… but any kind will do. You will also need baby wipes. Again I use the least expensive brand. My YouTube video will go through this process step by step:
If you don’t have any acrylic paints on hand. Not to worry. Use anything you have. Crayons really do work great! Collage! Doodle! Experiment with what you have.
Then pick whatever practice you want to use for the week. Do you want to continue doing written journaling “mind dump” style? Would you rather just write one sentence… or even just one word… everyday? Or do you want to forget about written journaling completely and just make interesting journal pages? Whatever you decide… do it. Do it on the backgrounds that you have made. And next week tell me how it went!!