This is a cheap watercolor pad I am turning into a journal. It was five dollars at Spotlight and seemed a good deal.
Nice thick paper- (bluish tinge to it- which doesn't matter, if like me you are going to paint over it. It is sturdy although the top layer of the paper is a bit sensitive to water..hmm not really doing what it was designed for..but still ok. I am a bit rough. And as you see it has survived remarkably well under the pressure of repeated dye, ink and paint.
So for its price I would recommend it. It can be altered successfully. You do need to glue or tape the insides a bit. I am attempting to introduce a little more collage as I always draw. I have decided I needed to learn alternative methods of expression as not everyone is comfortable with drawing.
This journal was sparked off by a group on 6degrees of Creativity, 'Mindful Studio practice.' By Hannah Klaus Hunter.Creating a Mindful Studio Practice
I have used it to pay attention and create each day to encourage a healthy habit. So far its working.
I tend to journal in bursts. This practice has made me more consistent.
I hold it in my head in a good way and am starting to pay more attention. It is having a spin off benefit as I am also reading more too in order to have something to bring to the page.
It is a mixture of deliberation and intuition. I usually just ride the sub-conscious approach and do what the page tells me. So sticking to a theme is interesting and a challenge.
I am beginning to see that faith runs through everything, which I knew but forgot. Does that make sense?.. its all starting to feel natural.
All through doing this journal ( the 21 days Hannah talks about) and then writing about it..I am always amazed at what comes out of application. Julia Cameron would approve.