In my visual journal I don’t always write. Sometimes I just want to draw something cute and cheery.
I have friends that say they can’t draw. I feel that way too and it is because we haven’t been taught.
I use as many resources as I can to help me. One of my favorite books for drawing simple little drawings is Let’s Draw Cute Animals. Sachiko Umoto shows you step by step how to draw little creatures like this friendly bulldog.
Her other two books, Let’s Draw Happy People and Let’s Draw Plants and Small Creatures are also in my collection. I highly recommend these books if you want to learn to draw in a whimsical, fun and cute style. Right now I am completely copying her style. Eventually with more practice, my own style will emerge.
I drew this first in pencil to allow for adjustments. Then went over it in pen once I felt happy with the image. I added a bit of shading with a light grey marker and erased the pencil.
I am curious, do you draw in your visual journals, just write or do a combination?
Generally I use my visual journal for trying out supplies, for list making, responding to journal prompts and for just having fun.
I like the idea of having my artwork contained in book form, unlike my Gelli plate prints that are in a pile on a bookshelf.
What happens when a visual journal is goes beyond a place to explore the properties of paint and pen? Continue reading
I admit I am impatient sometimes. And I like to keep my hands clean.
This techniques helps with these two qualities. Continue reading
“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” ~William Shedd
I created another 3-D visual journal writing prompt and video for you.
Origami boats made from magazine pages and graph paper. There is a secret journal writing section that is hidden when folded.
What I like about this journal writing project is that unlike a journal that may be closed up and put away, the boats can be displayed. When I look at mine, I am reminded of what I wrote inside.
I left my boats unadorned but feel free to add paint, markers, or washi tape to yours as you see fit.
Unlike a home that represents stability and shelter, a boat is meant to take you on a voyage, even it’s a short ride around a lake – unless it’s a house boat and then my comparison doesn’t apply. Continue reading
This tutorial is for a 3-D visual journal page in the form of an origami house. You will do your journal writing inside of the house and your artwork will be featured on the outside.
You can start from scratch or you can use paper that you are recycling. In my case, I am using a mono-print on drawing paper from my stash. The dimensions are not critical, just the steps. The paper can be rectangular or a square.
Once the folds have been made, you journal in the center most section of the inside.
Refolded and sealed, your writing is hidden away.
The visual journal prompt for this writing is: Continue reading