Today’s Prompt: Get creative! Sketch, paint, dance play music, whatever- then give us a glimpse.
This prompt was one I was both excited and nervous about. When compared to some of the other 30 prompts, it was one I felt I could do and do well, but the uncertainty came with what to do. My blog tagline is ‘creativity and lifestyle’ but a large percentage of my posts fall into the latter category. For someone who wants to be known as a creative person – I wasn’t doing much to show that.
I had several options. I recently bought fabric to make some cushions for my bed- I could show myself making those. I found some cheap clipboards to make wall art with. I could decorate my planner. I finally bought the plain white mug I want to decorate. I could post more of my writing.
Or I could do a Wreck This Journal page.
(If you aren’t familiar with Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal you can find my little WTJ hub HERE. There is a FAQ on the bottom left as well, if that helps you!)
My biggest struggle with WTJ is deciding which page to do next. It’s a bit different doing this journal than it was with my first one as that one was entirely for me. I would show my family and friends when I finished pages I was particularly proud of and that was the end of it. When I decided on posting my journal to YouTube and getting an insane, unexpected response, it was like saying THE PRESSURE’S ON.
Don’t get me wrong- I am beyond grateful of the positive response I have received. To an extent, I feel like not filming my process for each page or not doing something insanely unique and creative is letting people down. After getting so many kind words, views, likes, reblogs, subscribers, and followers, I feel like I am doing this journal for them as much as myself.
As a result, I have been overwhelmed and haven’t worked on the journal very much.
Instead of filming, editing, and posting the process of each page I am going to space it out. Sometimes I’ll post it on here. Sometimes I won’t do anything and just post the finished product. Sometimes I will make it into a video. I want to share as much of it as possible with everyone but sometimes I don’t do pages in one sitting. Often I do it over the course of a week or, often, several weeks. Setting up my camera to film those kinds of videos is often awkward and makes it difficult to do everything the way I would normally. Generally this involves colouring/ cutting/ designing/ gluing while watching TV on the couch in my pajamas and with horrible lighting.
So that’s what I’m sharing with you today.
A big part of the creative process is deciding what to do. Sometimes it depends on how you feel, how much time you have, what the weather is like, or what resources are at your disposal on that day.
I have been caught, on many occasions, singing the Pippi Longstocking theme song: What shall I do today?
And sometimes the most random, little, seemingly-insignificant things provide you with inspiration.
One of the pages in the WTJ is “Write a list of more ways to Wreck This Journal”. You can see what I did in my first journal HERE. To see my process for “wrecking” this page in my current journal, just keep reading! 🙂
The first thing I do, in most cases, is come up with a plan of action. It’s generally not very specific and it often comes to me as I go along. Rarely will I know exactly what I want to do from start to finish, but instead come up with a general idea or topic and go from there.
For this page I knew I wanted to use the lyrics from the Pippi Longstocking theme song, “What Shall I Do Today?” and use the different things that she says she’s going to do as the things to do with the journal. Something you will notice about the majority of my WTJ pages is they will be tribute to some sort of TV show/ movie/ song and often something from my childhood.
This is what the unstarted page looks like in my journal. You can see how there is significant bleed-through from the other page (you can see the process of that page in THIS video if you’d like!) but I will be covering that side anyway.
The first thing I did is find an online colouring page of Pippi. This is one of my “tricks” that I use for a lot of my pages- it saves time when you’re using a popular scene from an animated movie or you just want a simple image of the character like I did in this case. Often they are low quality and very pixellated, but that is fine for my purposes.
And of course, the next step when it comes to a colouring page is to colour! I have my stash of pencil crayons that has been around since I was in elementary school. You can even see how some of them have my name written on them from the days when my mom would label every single item of school supplies. I later adopted my brothers’ art supplies also, so their names are on a lot of them too. Of course the more popular colours go fast so over the years I have bought my own to add to the mix. My blue pencil sharpener has been with me for almost a decade but I go through Sharpie fine liners like crazy so I actually just bought a new pack of two at Michaels.
When I said that I often work on my WTJ while watching TV, on the couch, in my pajamas I wasn’t exaggerating. After a week of writing essays for school I had some TV shows to catch up on so I took the chance to multi-task. The black lap desk is something my mom actually bought at Wal-Mart for my dad to use when he was on his laptop when we went camping. I remember thinking how dumb it was, but now I am eternally grateful to her for this purchase- I use it more than anyone!
I don’t really have much of a process for colouring- just to get it done. To make sure I am using the best colours I will Google the character and compare multiple pictures to make sure I do it justice!
And she’s no longer just line-art! One of the pages in the WTJ is a sample page for art supplies. I try to use it as much as possible but most of my colouring pages end up looking like this, with little samples on the sides of the colours to test and compare.
To deal with the pixelation and blurry lines (from colouring over them) I essentially redraw the picture with the fine liner. You can see where I have and haven’t gone over the lines in this picture, it makes such a huge difference!
To prolong the tedious task of cutting her out, I moved on to selecting a background. Using scrapbook paper is pretty much my “signature move” with WTJ pages. I picked this watercolour blue/green page that I believe came from a watercolour MAMBI paper package (I dismantle all the packages as soon as I get them and sort the individual pages). I liked how the green complimented the colour of Pippi’s tunic/ boots and it was very complimentary to her other colours. Also, (prepare to roll your eyes) my Instagram feed is currently accented with green so I wanted the finished picture of the page to look nice amongst my other pictures when I post it. I’m sorry, I can’t help myself.
I use my WTJ page tracer (it is very well loved and used as you can see), to trace the outline of a page on the back. It is important to note which way the page will be facing so that you trace it the right way, if that makes sense.
After it is cut out, it’s time to glue it into the book. I just use your average Elmer’s glue stick and, to be honest, I’m not really a fan but I’m not patient enough to use liquid school glue.
I apologize for the blurry picture. I glue both on the page inside the book and on the scrapbook paper itself, focusing on the edge that will be in the spine as this is often where the paper will come loose.
Then it’s Pippi’s turn!
I really liked how the way the pattern on the scrapbook paper had a white space that was almost exactly shaped to be Pippi-sized, it looked like it was made for this page and everything was intentional. Which it was… of course…
One of my big internal debates was whether to leave the actual prompt page the natural colour or to fill it in. I decided to paint it in a similar style of the scrapbook paper.
I couldn’t find my paint palette so I used the acrylic block from my stamps haha.
It didn’t turn out perfectly, but definitely close enough!
Next (and again, bad picture!) was the lettering. This was another part that I didn’t know how I was going to go about. I knew that I wanted the chorus of the song to be on the same side as Pippi somehow, but couldn’t decide what to use. My options were stickers, stamps, or custom letters made with my Silhouette Cameo. I tried a couple stamps on a piece of the scrapbook paper to see how it would show up but as my skills with stamps are still not great, I passed on that. I had decided on sticker letters (you can see them peeking into the blurry picture about seven images before this one) and had actually put the first couple letters on the page before I decided they didn’t go with the “Pippi Longstocking aesthetic”. Yes, I take this way too seriously. I decided to go with my Cameo.
It’s not very noticeable but you can see the letters after they are cut. I picked this font (CreativeBlock BB) half because it seemed very “Pippi” and half because the name went with the prompt for this post. I honestly cannot help myself.
Next is to move the letters onto the page. This process is extremely time consuming especially with small letters. This “pick me up” tool came with my Silhouette and even though it looks super weird, it is amazing and has honestly changed my artsy-fartsy life. I take the letter out with my fingers, use the sticky side of the PMU and put in onto the glue stick and place it on the page, using the plastic side of the PMU to arrange the letter to be aligned the way I want. Roughly.
You have probably noticed the binder clips throughout these images. I use these to keep the book open as it will close by itself due to the heaviness/ thickness of other pages.
My scrapbook paper stash is filled with pages like this with random quotes/ letters cut into a portion of them. I reuse them over and over so you don’t have to worry about them going to waste!
After the lettering, I use the fine liner to go over the prompt wording. After painting over it, it has faded.
Then I used the lyrics of the song (and the fine liner) to fill it in.
If you haven’t heard the theme song, or just haven’t since the show played on TV (Teletoon for me and my fellow Canadians!) back in the day, I definitely would give it a listen. It’s catchy and will be stuck in your head for, like, the rest of your life. I honestly have not watched the show in over ten years but the song always randomly comes to mind. Whenever someone asks me “what do you want to do today?” if I don’t start obnoxiously singing it, you can bet your bottom dollar it is playing in my head.
After I had finished writing number one, I wished that I had just written “start a new adventure”, but you can’t win them all.
Now, the song only has ten points but the page has twelve spaces. I used this washi tape sticker from A Beautiful Mess to cover up points 11 and 12. I thought it was perfect how the purple matched Pippi’s tights and the polka dots were the same colour as the background. Over top of it I wrote the last line of the theme song verse. I always wanted to have my own Villa Villekulla!
Thanks so much for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed it and that it was helpful. Please let me know if there’s any other WTJ pages you’d like to see me go through the process of “wrecking”!
Until next time,