Does taking a walk in the rain make me dedicated or crazy? Either way, I got some great shots of raindrops on leaves.
I’m not much of a drinker, but I love these photos. Aren’t the colors and textures great?
I trace circles on the photos using drinking glasses and cut them out.
Then I glue the circles into my journal.
Next, I punch out two sizes of dots.
I glue the dots onto the edges of the shapes, using the bigger ones on the smaller circle and vice versa.
I like what I’ve created so far. But the circles are floating by themselves. I add some lines to tie them together.
Then I draw wavy lines that anchor the circles to the page.
Next, I doodle a pattern of lines and circles to the connectors.
I draw some alternating half circles on the wavy lines.
Then I use short lines to fill them in. Doesn’t it look like a twisting ribbon?
I like the design so far, but it needs a bit of sparkle. I add some white dots, which help your eye move around the composition.
Supplies used in this journal spread (These are affiliate links. This means that if you click on the link and buy certain items, I will receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) to help keep the lights on in the studio.)
On a recent hike at the Welsh Mountain Preserve, I found these small pools, they might be vernal pools, but I’m not sure. I had a lot of fun taking photos of the reflections in the water. I especially like where you can see both the reflected trees and the bottom of the pond. The painterly quality of the photos still delights me every time I look at them.
“Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.” ~Brene Brown
I like to use my graphic design knowledge when I’m creating art journal spreads. The elements and principles of design are easy to learn. They can help you create pleasing layouts that express your ideas.
Line is the most basic design element. The types of lines you use can express different emotions and moods.
Types of Lines
Horizontal lines are quiet, calm, and relaxed.
Use vertical lines for strength, rigidity, or stability.
Diagonal lines are unbalanced, restless, or excited.
Curved lines are graceful, soft, and fluid.
Use zig-zag lines to express confusion, excitement, or nervousness.
Dotted or dashed lines are incomplete and allow objects to pass through them.
Use thick lines for boldness, strength, and emphasis.
Thin lines are fragile, delicate, or elegant.
Ways to Use Lines
Use lines to separate areas of your design.
Or to connect areas.
Use lines to create patterns or textures.
Lines can help lead the viewer’s eye through the page.
Now it’s your turn, create an art journal spread using line as a major element.