I've been trying to get better at watercoloring (wc), and the other day I read someone's words about how those gummed wc blocks can be intimidating because you are afraid of messing up and wasting the paper. I certainly feel that way. But if you separate the sheets, cut them to a smaller size and make your own wc journal, they might just seem more accessible and more beginner-friendly.
If you're like me, crafty things all mix together when you're internetting. Over the last few months, I've read about planners, disc bound journals and fauxdoris.
So today I made some DIY wc journals.
This first journal has a variety of different wc papers and, yes, I did break down and get a disc paper punch. The TUL punch handled all the 140 pound papers beautifully. A YouTube by Sea Lemon inspired me to use laminated decorative paper for the cover. I used my corner punch to round the corners and used some discs from last year's planner. Yay! A pony tail elastic holds the journal closed; all neat and tidy.
This second journal is made from a large sheet of 300 pound wc paper that's been sitting around forever cause I'm afraid to use. That stuff is super thick and wouldn't fit in the TUL punch; but it did fit in my adjustable 3-hole-punch. I cut the paper down to 6" x 7.5" pieces, added a laminated cover and used 1" loose-leaf rings to hold everything together.
So the covers are pretty, they're super portable and they look friendly! Now, when I'm watching the pups get messy, I can mess with my watercoloring. I hope you'll try some creating too!