The (scary) New Journal

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I’m not sure if ‘scary’ is the right word. Maybe ‘intimidating’…either way – the possibility of this beauty being ruined by “mistakes”, or a leaky pen does instill a sense of fear in me! πŸ™ˆ

Do you know what I mean?

I’ve thrown away quite a few pretty (empty, never saw a pen) planners at the end of the year, because I was afraid to mess it up!

The same thing was about to happen with my new journal. I saw it, loved it, brought it home, admired it from afar. πŸ€“

Isn’t it beautiful? πŸ₯°

But what good is a lovely journal when it’s not being used? And, after all, the creative life is messy, so why not the book telling about the journey!

So I decided – renegade that I am πŸ˜‰ – to make the first page messy…even use paint 😲 And after that, what else could go wrong!

I always wanted to try ‘string painting’. It makes lovely pictures, and doesn’t look too hard. As a matter of fact, I heard from quite a few people that they did this in Elementary school.

So I got out some glass dishes for the paint, cut some cotton string, Latex gloves…and I was set.

Conquering the fear…baby steps πŸ˜„

I might be a bit rebellious, but still wasn’t about to try a new technique in this book.

Out came my spiral notebook with drawing-paper. Here we go…

Not impressive, but not terrible either 😌

It came out good enough that I wanna try it in the pretty book…and I did. And not just that, I wrote in it, πŸ™†πŸ»β€β™€οΈ sprayed the page with glue, 😬 and sprinkled glitter – of course, what else – over the whole page! Done 😊

And that’s the first page. Ready to be followed by new ideas, more art, bits and pieces of my creative life! 😍

Do you keep a journal? Do you find the first step scary, or do you jump right in? I’m looking forward to hearing/reading about your experience. πŸ’•

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. yarnandpencil
    Jan 05, 2019 @ 03:58:14

    Well done Tina! Happy New Year and happy New journal…what a fabulous start. Xxxx

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  2. vintagetraveler540979436
    Jan 05, 2019 @ 07:38:47

    Love it! Great ideaπŸ‘πŸ˜ PS: so excited to initiate my beautiful new journal! πŸ’œπŸ’•

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  3. kathyreeves
    Jan 05, 2019 @ 18:24:36

    I love looking at the bullet journals on line, but I draw a blank every time a I think of starting one! You Go Girl!!

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  4. Robin @ Imperial Crochet
    Jan 07, 2019 @ 10:34:38

    Beautiful journal and string art. I feel your pain. I got a new personal planner and have yet to damage it with my writing. lol I also ordered a felting kit to try. I have no idea what I’m in for but I’m willing to give it a go. Onwards and upwards to both of us!

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  5. quietwatercraft
    Mar 02, 2019 @ 09:38:25

    I have a different problem – I’ve got tons of notebooks, all with just the first few pages written on!
    I’ve not heard of string painting before, it looks interesting

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    • Kristabella's Hodgepodge
      Mar 02, 2019 @ 12:34:38

      I hear ya, Hannah – turns out the first page wasn’t the problem after all 😁 The journal has been sitting here, taunting me. I didn’t know what should come after page 1. I’ve decided that it will eventually be a record-keeper of my projects…I just gotta get a move on! πŸ™ƒ
      String painting is fun…there’s just not a lot of variety in the outcome πŸ˜† Or maybe it’s me πŸ˜‰

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