Thursday, April 26, 2018

More Art Journaling

I've been trying to do one page per day in my planner - the Hobonichi Techo.  This simple Japanese planner has a cult following! 

Web Photo
Web Photo

The journal paper is divine - thin, smooth, yet strong - properties that result in a rather steep learning curve.  When covered in watercolors or inks, the pages make a delicious sound when turned. 

I use the weekly pages as a Gratitude Journal.

My focus is to learn to work with the Tomoe River paper.  I'm still learning what media to use and how my current pens, pencils, and watercolors perform on its surface. Fortunately, there is a lot of help out there with YouTube, blogs, and Facebook. 

I've pledged to work with my Inktense pencils as much as possible. 

I've had them so long, but haven't used them enough to feel comfortable. 

I'm hoping the Hobonichi will enable me to improve my sketching and painting, in addition to recording bits of everyday life.

I'm so glad to be back at the Art Journaling, though I do miss digital artwork.  Apparently, my brain is incapable of indulging both techniques at once. 


  1. Wow, Kim, you are going to be so happy in years to come, some rainy day you'll spend hours going through these pages, remembering... How fun that will be! I love the way you fill the pages with so many different things. I've never heard of these papers, very interesting that you need to learn which kinds of pencils and inks to use on them. Such a learning curve, and creativity. :)

  2. P.S. What do you do with a page when you draw/paint something that you don't like? Tear out the page? Paint over it, or paste something else on top? That's what I'm most worried about when I start journaling. I foresee many, many things I don't want messing up my pages. :(

    1. Hey Barb! LOL - I've done all of the above. With this particular paper, I made a misstep and covered it with washi tape because it was a small area. For a large area, I would slap some gesso over it.

      Get a 'junk journal' and you don't have to worry about screwing up. I use one of those 89 cent composition journals for experimenting. xoxooxox