Journaling by 5’s

In today’s rewind to videos we are going to talk about Journaling by 5’s. Shannon Green, one of the people whose videos I watch on YouTube, came up with this genius time exercise for freeing yourself up to get creative and have fun. You can learn about it here on her video or by joining her Facebook group. (those links are provided in the video descriptions over on YouTube). The following 5 links will take you through my results from doing the steps in my first Journaling by 5 book.

Step one Background: paint/inks

Step two Texture: collage/recycled bits

Step three Patterns: stamps and stencil

Step four Focal Point: words and images

Step five Details: pen/pencil

After all those steps you then get your Free play which is where you take what you have made and add to it any additional things you think is needed. This can be doodles, more paint, more stamping etc. Whatever you desire. I still need to film the video showing how mine look now.

Hope you take up Shannon’s challenge and try this out for yourself. I am currently working on my second book.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend

Week 10 and 11

I occurred to me that I hadn’t posted my weeks 10 and 11 from the class so here they are.

Week 10 Donna’s:

And here is mine:


Once again doing a human figure was a bit daunting but I did it and I really like how her hair braid turned out. The drippage for the skyline wouldn’t quite work for me so I went my own way on that part.


This is how my book looks after 11 weeks of art added to it.

Week 11 Donna’s:

This time I remembered to do some process pictures. This is how it started off by adding a few bits of ephemera and paint-able wall paper.


Next I went in with several shades of blue using my fingers to get into all the nooks and crannies of that textured paper.


Then I did more finger-painting to create the flowers and a small brush to make the outline of where the vase would be:


Here is the finished page. I added the green colors around the vase to help it stand out from the page.


Here you can see a close-up of the image I used and the wallpaper. I think it looked pretty cool with the way the different colors collected on it.


Here you can see some of the detail work I did on the flowers


And finally the stamp I used on the vase along with how the textured turned out there.


Week 11 was pretty fun. I enjoyed the freedom of making flowers by just rubbing paint on the paper with my finger to get a circle of colors. That contrasted with the precision painting needed for the stripes on the vase is pretty cool.

I have a couple other things I have made but I will post them tomorrow or the next day so there isn’t so much stuff to look at in one post. I hope everyone is having a great day and enjoy your weekend.

Lady Blue