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Look who danced across a page in my journal. I swear it’s Gene Kelly in rose-colored Sakura Pigma Brush Pen strokes, but I could be mistaken. Who do you think it is?
A journal is a personal item so why not personalize yours with some lively decorations. It doesn’t take being an artist. It just takes some imagination. Paint and markers along with some glue and doodads will to the job. The links below are provided as inspiration. Do post your ideas in the comments. I bet you’ve got some good ones.
- Life Imitates Doodles: The Rhodia dotWebbie-they don’t only come in orange!
- Gentian Decorates a Fabriano Artist’s Journal
- Steampunk Tag (Not a journal but many good ideas for one.)
- Notebook Stories: Washi Tape Notebooks
- For some inspiration for the interior of your journal: Artist’s Journal Workshop
- décopatch: Colorful printed paper that can be used in a variety of ways but really shines as a medium to turn a plain wrapper like the cover on a Moleskine Cahier into something exciting.
Watercolor straight from a tube or pan is rich and vibrant. All you need is right there – quick and easy.
But what if you want a shade that isn’t in your kit? Mixing something new from the paints at hand is a delight for a color lover. And I say indulge, indulge, indulge!
Just to whet your appetite, the first image below shows swatches of the paints in one of my simple kits. It consists of eight vibrant colors, three earth colors, and neutral tint which can be used to mute or tone down other colors. It’s a limited palette but look at the following images to see only some of the variations that can be mixed using eleven of the twelve colors. Neutral Tint is a subject unto itself and explored in the last image mixed with a variety of watercolors – not just those in this kit.
Note that the new colors were produced by mixing just two colors. Not that more can’t be mixed together, but for the purpose of creating a swatch, two produces a clearer new color. The simple formula is also easier to replicate for later use.
If using watercolor doesn’t interest you, there are some lovely, wide markers than can be used to color your doodles. Copic offers a gorgeous palette with pens that are sold separately, so you can choose the few that make you the most happy. Ice Ocean, BG72, and Green Gray, BG93, do it for me.
Pentel Arts Color Pen comes in a 36 color set that should satisfy any need for color. No skill or practice required. Just pick one up, put it to paper, and off you go!
Want to use your fountain pen ink to colorize your doodles? A cotton swab works great and, when dipped only once, will not risk contaminating that prized bottle of ink. Easy color from what you already own. What could be better!
Does your desk have too much gear on it? Mine, too. Overrun by the bane of modern existence, my desk is cringe-worthy. It’s a re-purposed breakfast table that has seen better days. The surface needs refinishing and gives out splinters liberally. No drawers so everything has to fit on the surface. Covered with stacks of paper and all manner of electronic devices, there is little room for creative endeavors even when I dump stuff on the floor. Anything intended for long-term residency must have a small footprint which is one reason fountain pens suit so well. Being an inveterate doodler as well as a dabbler in watercolor, I have melded the two interests into something small, fun, and easy to use, my desktop doodle kit.
- small Cotman palette with some favorite Daniel Smith watercolors squirted into empty DS pans – colors that make me smile without mixing or fiddling
- travel brush(es) and/or daVinci Cosmotop-Spin Watercolor Brush no larger than #5 (smaller bristles afford more control but take up less paint and run out of color more quickly)
- wirebound Stillman & Birn journal suited to both w/c and ink – folded back to conserve space
- Pentel Pocket Brush Pen – original black cartridge or refilled with fountain pen ink
- large blotter so the journal can be closed quickly (J. Herbin offers a good one.)
- water jar with a lid (up to 8 oz) – start every day with clean preferably distilled water
- folded paper towel for drips and to remove excess paint from brush
- fountain pen(s) – whatever is inked
- water soluble colored pencils or Derwent Inktense Outliner Pencil
- black felt tip marker – Sakura Pigma Micron 08 is waterproof
- dip pen
- quill brush or hake to lay in background color – sloppy, uneven color preferred
- shaped brushes like angles, combs, ridges, and shaders like those from Robert Simmons for extra variety
Pen and ink dominate but watercolor jazzes up the pages with wider lines and splotches. The variety of colors and comparative low cost makes paint an effective addition to a doodler’s arsenal.
These squiggles were made with paint fresh from the tube. Some colors were more cooperative than others and none were diluted with water or worked into the brush. I just dipped in and put the color to paper.
- no paintings but lots of doodles. if something turns into a painting, that’s okay but not the goal.
- goal is to relax – not tax
- back, front, upside down – no limits
- words are okay but long passages should go elsewhere
- kit can be grabbed for off-site use – not a travel kit per se, but parts could be used for that purpose.
- a pencil cup to house the pens and brushes keeps the desk tidy
- not about color mixing but loading a brush and making squiggles so colors need to stand on their own
- no erasing – who erases a doodle?
- visitors/guests such as pencils and markers may only stay for a short time. this kit is for my favorite tools.
- on occasion dip brush in ink but not from the bottle – no contamination allowed
- 12 half pans (1.5 cm x 2 cm each) is like having a dozen pens inked
If you want to give this idea a try, the dozen Winsor & Newton Cotman half pan paints that originally came in my palette are for sale. You could tape them to a bit of cardboard or tuck them in a metal tin such as an Altoids box for an easy start to your doodle kit. I also have a slightly larger, new Cotman plastic palette with 14 half pans to sell as well as a couple of other kits so shoot me an email if you are interested. Inkophile*at*gmail.com will do.
#Quoteoftheday: “Drawing keeps the eye fresh, the mind alive, and the intuition nimble.” – Timothy Nero
— Pentel of America (@PentelofAmerica) July 19, 2013