Friday, December 6, 2013

Step by step journal spread

From time to time I like to show how a journal spread comes into being and wouldn't you know it, now is one of those times! Take a peek at my process and see how a page comes together.

We'll start with a fresh white spread. Very empty indeed. No worries, that won't last.

Tearing some decorative paper and sticking it to both sides already fills it up quite nicely.

Now we get out a stencil, a piece of wet sponge and some gouache.

Stencil away! Just a few minutes ago these pages were white, now they're ready for action.

Take another piece of decorative paper and tear some border strips to put on each side.

Let's get my favorite tool, the circle template. And some more pretty paper. We'll be cutting circles!

Spreading the circles across the spread and sticking them down.

Time to get a paint marker and draw some dashes around the circles to make them stand out more.

Time for some imagery. I found these gerberas in an online flower catalogue.

And here's some more pretty paper with flowers and butterflies. Let's do some more cutting and pasting.

That seems to fit perfectly with the atmosphere of the page!

Of course this wouldn't be my journal if there was not some border around the edges in marker. Dots this time.

Time for some words. These come from a magazine.

To make them fit better I outlined them and coloured the area around them yellow.

Now I felt like the page was lacking in yellow altogether, so out comes the template and some yellow paper.

Cutting some smaller yellow circles and adding them to the bigger ones. With this I considered the spread done.

And here are some details for those of you who like to see things up close.

I really enjoyed doing this spread. If you have any questions about materials or techniques just ask.
As always I didn't plan these pages, they just happen as I go along. That's how I work, one step at a time with no idea where I will end up. Somehow it always works out.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy weekend!


  1. Always enjoy seeing your process. Happy weekend

    1. Thank you Lynette. Hope you had a good weekend too.

  2. You always make it look so easy! LOL.

    1. But it really IS easy! Really really! ;-)

  3. Ik word altijd zo blij van jouw stap-voor-stap uitleg. Dankjewel

  4. I love the look of this lay out. Now could you please tell us where you would write or maybe you could show us the pages once you have written on them. Thanks for showing us how this spread came together. Linda E.

    1. I haven't written on this one yet, but I probably will write right over the page only leaving the images, the border strips and the circles untouched. I will definitely show this page all written on in one of my future journal posts.

  5. This is a soft and fun journal page. Thanks for sharing your process.

  6. This is wonderful to see and experience! I love it! Thanks for the process photos and for sharing.

  7. These pages are beautiful! Thank you so much for showing your process!

  8. Great pages, Caatje....looks like such a fun and natural process. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Andria, it is indeed great fun!


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