Anti Journal, Personal Art Journal and…. The Mindfulness Colouring Book

I managed to get a few pages done in my Anti Journal last week, and also make a start on my Personal Art Journal which I had been wanting to start for a while, due to absence from work as I came down with a sickness bug that left me feeling really poorly and lacking in energy.  All I seemed to have the energy to do was crawl out of bed and down onto the sofa and cwtch up with my pencil-case and creative books (and the puppies of course!).  So in the 3 days I was off ill I managed the following pages….

 

Anti-Journal – Find Wonder In Nature

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My inspiration for this page came from the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly.  I have always been astounded at how one creature can turn into another over time, its kind of like a natural Pokémon!  As a child I used to collect caterpillars, watch them turn into chrysalis’ before hatching out into butterflies and letting them go free and it always felt a bit magical to watch these beautiful creatures emerge from these leathery looking hard cases.  So that was my inspiration “Find Wonder in Nature” – the life-cycle of a caterpillar.

I used Triplus Fineliner pens to create the drawing and add colour to the shapes and watercolour for the background sky as I wanted it to be just a wash of colour.  I chose to “scribble” in the colour on my drawings as I felt that the block colour of the felt pens I like using would be too heavy for this image, I wanted to keep the images light and playful and create a sense of movement whilst still being able to add some detail and have control over the texture of the image.

 

Anti-Journal – Make Each One Different

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I started on this page ages ago and finally got around to finishing it last week.  I didn’t have any real idea of what direction to go in for this page I just knew that I wanted to create something that could look like the patterns from inside marbles or replicate small bouncy balls so I kept that in mind.  This page seemed to be the most difficult so far as I ran out of ideas for each circle before I was even half way through and had to keep leaving it and coming back to it in order to finish it.

I used felt pens to create this page.

 

Anti-Journal – Radiate

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Radiate to me conjures up images of the sun, heat and circles and that is what I tried to convey in this image.  The sun gives off both heat and light and light is made up of a spectrum of colour which I wanted to show.  I used circles to create a spiralling pattern around the centre circle as the typical spiral radiates outward in motion.  I decided to use a black for the background, graduating it in-depth of tone from the lightest tone toward the pattern and getting darker toward the edges to convey a sense of light.

I used felt pens to colour the 2 centre layers of the pattern and a mix of felt pen and watercolour to create the 3rd layer of tonal graduation.  A gel roller ball pen was used to outline each section of the pattern.

 

Anti Journal – Plan The Route From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be

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In my life my general plan is to get from A to B, regardless of whether it is actual travel, planning my future or making plans for something.  I decided to incorporate this into my fictional map.  I added roundabouts and junctions, trees and greenery and a few streams as to me my route anywhere should be calm but interesting and grass, trees and water are calming sites to me (probably from living in Wales for much of my life!  There’s nothing better than being able to view nature from wherever you are!)

I used Staedtler Triplus Fineliners for this image.

 

Anti-Journal – Repeat One Action Over And Over

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I started this page by drawing really uniform, different coloured swirls over the page, (if you look hard, you can see them!) but didn’t really like it so after leaving the page and thinking about it for a while I decided to go back over the page and repeat the swirl but in different sizes over the top of what I had already done, getting the swirl to overlap with other swirls.  I like this page loads though I’m not sure I have finished with it yet and may go back to add more to it at some point.

I used Staedtler Triplus Fineliners for this page.

 

Anti-Journal – Its Raining Colour

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I had a few ideas about how I wanted to create this page but decided to go with colour drips   I decided on this as I wanted the page to look like it had been rained on.  And thought the page looks simple it took an age to complete! I had to wait  for each set of colour drips to dry before I added the next lot of colour as I didn’t want the colours to run into each other!  I used my Aquash brush and watercolour paints to create this page.  The Aquash brush was the best choice as it has a tank to hold the water and a brush end, a bit like a pen.  I was able to pick up paint colour onto the brush and hold it over the page while squeezing the body of the brush slightly to control water flow to the brush and creating drops.  I am pretty happy with this page so far but think that adding more depth to the drops may be a good move, and also adding a further sense of “rain” by exaggerating the splashes that were created.

For this page I used Aquash watercolour paints and brush.

 

Anti-Journal – A Photo of a Photo of a Photo of a Photo

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This one is kind of self-explanatory and I’m not sure if I like it too much as it seemed to me to be the easy route to getting a page done.  That, and my Instax Mini 8, which I took the images on, didn’t seem to focus very well so the images are all blurry.  However, it is done and was more of an experiment to see how my camera would react to indoor photography.  I might change the page at some point.

 

Personal Art Journal

I decided to start a personal art journal as I have been missing my experimental sketch books that I used to have when doing my Foundation course.  I always enjoyed being creative and experimenting with ideas on those pages and felt that this was something to re-start again.  That and getting the encouragement from my Wreck This Journal and Anti-Journal to continue with letting the creativity flow and continue.  I’m not sure I am going to title the pages yet as sometimes I have no specific idea of what I want to create, yet I know I want to create a certain mark on the page before me.  …so here it is, my Personal Art Journal.

Personal Art Journal – Page 1

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This was the first page I created, it was a damp and miserable day, and it was stupidly cold (possibly in part due to me running a temperature and being ill).  I was missing summer and the bright, colourfulness of the season so I set about with my watercolours, creating a graduated sunrise/sunset sky.  After waiting for the page to dry I wanted to add a pattern to the page so I let my pen decide where to go, I wasn’t really focusing on what I was doing, and came up with a pattern of layered petal shapes.  I added the dots and the wavy lines at the end as I felt that the page could do with something to lift it more.  It’s strange to say it, but the image reminds me of a pineapple, the one fruit that I associate most with summer, and I had subconsciously included that into my image!

 

Personal Journal – Page 2

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This page was created not long after the first, and though I was still ill, I was starting to feel better in myself.  I had a dream about shapes, swirling and moving about, changing and flowing and woke up so calm and refreshed that I wanted to try to capture what had been in my dream.  I chose to use bright colours to capture the energy that I had felt upon waking and the circles, triangles and wavy line to capture movement, and to represent water flowing as that was how it had appeared in my dream.  perhaps this flowing movement had aided my calmness when I woke?  The image took an age to create as every time I stepped away from it to look at it, it felt like there was something missing, even once I had finished, however now, looking at it, I am entirely happy with how it turned out and still makes me feel calm and refreshed.  I feel like I have captured what I set out to and that it is a good representation of my dream.

 

The Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons

I know I said a few posts back that I wasn’t going to buy another “creative” book until I had finished my Wreck This Journal and Anti-Journal, but I kept stumbling over this book on Instagram, Facebook, on Amazon as a suggested purchase and on blog reviews.  I never set out to buy this but when out shopping I spotted it out of the corner of my eye and had to check it out.  Let me say this, it was love at first sight!  The designs are intricate and lend themselves to so many different methods of “colouring them in” and the paper quality is good enough that even brand new felt pens don’t bleed colour through them.  The only down side I had to the book, is that it is really hard to crack the spine to get the images to lay flat and get into the crevice to finish colouring the page properly, its like it’s too well made!  But aside from that little bug, I really do like this book!  (And incase you were wondering I purchased this from my local WHSmith’s store as I couldn’t wait for it to be delivered to me if I had bought it on the net!!!)

I’m not going to write explanations of these as they are pretty self-explanatory, I have just added colour to the image in ways that are pleasing to me 🙂

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The Mindfulness Colouring Book – My First Page

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The Mindfulness Colouring Book – Page 2

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The Mindfulness Colouring Book – Page 3

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Wreck This Journal Page 10, and…… Anti-Journal Pages 1 – 4

I know, I know…I did say that I wouldn’t be purchasing another journal until I had completed my “Wreck This Journal” but upon seeing other people’s “Anti-Journal” pages on instagram I made the decision to buy the book while it was on offer on Amazon for £3.85.  It was probably the best decision I have made.  EVER.  I am working on them both concurrently and have completed a few new pages, one in my Wreck This Journal and 4 in my Anti-Journal.  here they are…

Page 10 in my Wreck This Journal

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“Write One Word over and Over”

I chose the word Love based on it being one of the most used words we say and probably one of the words that has so many different meanings depending on how it is used… there is the traditional “I love you”, then “I love this/that/the other object” where Love is in place of “strongly liking” the object.  Sometimes, that word can be overused and become meaningless and I wanted to depict that but at the same time be able to portray it as its word suggests to me, bright, vibrant and happy.  I wrote the word “Love” in big graffiti style lettering and used Staedtler Triplus Fineliners to write the word over and over as the background, in bright, vibrant colours.  this page seemed to take ages as I kept having to swap over colours and write as neatly as possible, making all the background words the same size.  Half way through the page I nearly gave up though, as my hand was getting achy and I started to feel a bit fed up of writing the same word, but I’m happy that I stuck with it and really like (love!!!) how the page turned out!

Now, onto my “Anti-Journal” pages…

Page 1 – “Anti-Journal”

I chose this page as the first one to complete…

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I chose this page as I really liked the first square, (the one with the orange dots, under the title “Repeat and Alter”).  I decided to repeat the pattern and then on other squares use the elements from the first to alter each square.  The elements are 3 lines, one circle with a centre dot, two blank circles and four dots.  I had no pre-conception of how I wanted the page to look once finished, however I did decide that I wanted the lines to flow into neighbouring boxes so that the pattern created would link together.  I filled each square in black, creating the lines and shapes before choosing to add colour once I had fitted all the elements into each box just to add further interest to the page.

Page 2 – “Anti-Journal”

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In progress…

And the finished piece…

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This is the “Allow Yourself to Be Bold” page.  I chose to use circles to create a pattern that in itself is as bold as the colours I chose to fill the design with.  I chose circles as I have a bit of a soft spot for that particular shape though I really have no idea why.  And I really like how you can create designs by overlapping the circles to create “floral” shapes.  I outlined all the circles in black felt pen to make the shape pop a bit and then filled the shapes in with bright coloured felt pens.  I chose to colour the spaces between the “flowers” with a royal blue to act as a background for the shapes.

Page 3 – “Anti-Journal”

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“Colours I Love/Hate/Feel Indifferent About”

This page was really hard for me to create as I don’t think there is any colour I truly “hate”, not even brown…all colours have their moment, and in the correct setting, all colours are beautiful.  However, I am a lover of all things bright and bold – Neon colours are my favourite, so I worked from there as a starting point.  I then worked my way into the colours I feel indifferent about as to me, they are just darker versions of the brighter/bolder colours I gravitate towards normally and the only reason I chose browns as the colours I hate are that these are the only felt pens that I never use and never seem to dry up – seriously, some of these felt pens are from when I bought markers for my Foundation Degree $ years ago!!!  It kind of made sense, from that reasoning, to use brown for the colours I hate.

Page 4 – “Anti-Journal”

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“Be Quiet With Lines – Be Loud With Lines”

For this pair of pages I chose water and thunder as my inspiration for the lines.  On the left I tried to create wavy lines that mimic the flow of water and coloured them with calm, soothing colours, whereas on the right I chose to create zig-zag lines, with a lightening bolt through the middle to represent noise and loudness.  I coloured this with really bright, in your face colours in order to represent the noise.

 

I hope you are all enjoying my pages, if you would like to see more head over to my Instagram (you can find me on this link or follow me @siouxsietench), alternatively, I am on twitter, either @dreamnails01 or @suzitench 🙂 )

 

Wreck This Journal Pages 6 – 9

Here’s my most recent pages, 6 – 9.  This past week I have surprised myself and managed to complete 4 more pages, 2 of them were completed on the same day which helped a lot!  Each of these pages probably had between 2 and 5 hours work put into them 🙂

Here you go…

Page 6

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This is a close up of the page I completed – “Draw Thick Lines And Thin”

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And this is the full-page!  I chose to do “ribbons” of colour that overlap and weave around the other lines as the subject for this piece.  Originally I wasn’t going to have a background colour but towards the end of colouring the lines I felt that it needed something to make the colours “pop” so chose this blue colour.  I used felt tips for the colour and chose to use an unbranded gel pen to make the lines.  I really like using felt pens as it is quick and easy, the colour is stable and the saturation more consistent than when using pencils… well, until your marker decides to run out toward the end (note the middle bottom section which isn’t as evenly coloured as the rest of the blue sections).  That is probably the only thing that I’m not entirely pleased about with this image and can see myself re-colouring it at some point in the future!

Page 7

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Here’s a close up of the start of this page which gives the instructions to “Document Time Passing”.  I had several ideas for this page but upon putting pen to paper, this is what happened…

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I went with a clock face theme and the words “tick tock” written over and over in different sized letters.  This image was inspired by school exams and times when you are bored, all those times when you are super aware of the minutes passing by, when you can hear the tick tock of the clock, minutes can feel like hours and hours can feel like minutes.

I used my Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens for the outlines of the image and generic felt pens to colour the words.  For the background grey colour I used Aquash watercolour pencils and water brush.

Page 8

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This is the page I created for “This Page Is a Sign, What Do You Want It To Say?”.  I chose the words “Dream Big and Believe” as it is a saying that I try to remember when I need motivation.  I chose to do the lettering in my handwriting and fill the blank spaces with swirls and dots as it seemed to fit the theme of the quote really nicely.  I kept the colour theme to one shade of blue and one shade of pink, partly to fit in with the “dream” wording and because it just felt like the best colours to use for the page.

Page 9

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 Heres a close up of the page “Document a Boring Event in Detail”…

And the full thing…

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I decided to create the page using the phrase “It Was Really Boring” as when I get asked about a boring event that has happened that is how I normally respond.  I used the speech bubbles with “Blah Blah Blah” and “Yada Yada” as when I have to recall things that were said I can never remember them and it seemed fitting for this theme!  I also included the words “Yawn” and “Zzzz” as boring events seem to have the effect of making me yawn and feel sleepy, whether this be a uni lecture or a meeting or sometimes, even going out somewhere!

I have already made a start on my next page after completing another which I will share next time!  If you would like to see them in advance of my blog post then head over to my Instagram where I usually upload pics of the pages as I have finished them!

Wreck this Journal

 

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This is one of my New Year’s resolutions that I have made and one that I am intending to keep.  I blogged about my New Years Resolutions in THIS post and wrote about wanting to be more creative this year and attempt to do something creative at least once a week.  I also wrote that I had owned this book for over a year and never really done anything with it, vowing to incorporate this into my creativity.  I chose a page at random, just flicking through the book and randomly stopping and the page I chose had instructions to doodle over the top of the page, the text, the margins, everywhere!

I decided to not really think about what I was doing and just make some shapes and see where it led me…

This is the finished product…

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And here’s a close up…

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I’m really pleased with the outcome, which took around 6 hours to complete.  I love the shapes, the mix of colours (I used Staedtler triplus fineliner pens to draw with) and also the mix of textures I managed to create using lines and dots.

I have now started on my next page, which isn’t quite finished yet but when it is I shall share that too!  (If you fancy a sneak peek soon then pop by my Instagram which you can find HERE 🙂 )

I’m really enjoying just doing something creative without having a plan and am finding myself thinking about what I could do next, or what I could have done differently, I’m even thinking about purchasing another book so I can work on the same page again but work it all in a different way!