Want to journal more this year? Make your own journal cover using markers, watercolors and cardstock confetti!

DIY Journal Cover

Want to journal more this year? Make your own journal cover using markers, watercolors and cardstock confetti!

Happy New Year, my friends! I hope your year is off to a creative start! I got some fantastic new art supplies for Christmas and have been enjoying experimenting with them. I used them to create my first official craft project of 2016—this DIY journal cover.

I want to learn more hand-lettering techniques this year, and I think one way I’ll stick to it is to have a dedicated notebook to practice. I’ve had a few plain white hard-cover journals for years, but have never decided what I wanted to do with them.

As part of my hand-lettering goal, I am following along with A Hand-Lettered New Year from Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama. Each day there is a journal-style prompt and lettering challenge.

But before I could dive into the daily challenges, I needed to spruce up one of these plain-Jane journal covers!

I received some Staedtler pigment liners and Faber Castell Gelatos® for Christmas. The Gelatos® sort of feel like oil pastels when you use them on paper, but they are super versatile. To make this journal cover, I used water to blend them, with sort of gives an effect like watercolor paints! So cool! I can’t wait to experiment more with these!

But, I am getting ahead of myself. Let me show you how I made my journal cover.

Create this pretty, crafty DIY journal cover using pigment liners and Gelatos®.

What I used:

  • Staedtler pigment liners in 0.8 and 0.2 tips
  • Faber Castell Gelatos® in Watermelon, Peach and Guava
  • Glittered cardstock and circle punch
  • paintbrush and water
  • pencil
  • ruler

How I made my journal cover:

I came across this quote while searching for inspiration on Pinterest, and I knew it was the perfect sentiment for my journal. I decided to start with the lettering: evenly measuring four lines down the height of the journal and sketching each letter in pencil.

Begin with a sketch

Then I went over the pencil sketches with a pigment liner. I used the 0.8 tip for all of the letters and a 0.2 tip for the embellishments.

Sketch in pencil before going over words with markers or pigment liners

Once the lettering was done, I picked out the Gelatos® I wanted. I selected the colors Watermelon, Peach and Guava. I love lots of colors, but these pink and peachy hues are ones I come back to time and time again.

Faber-Castell Gelatos are a unique way to create your own art.

Starting with the Watermelon color, I drew several circles in various sizes. Then I grabbed a paintbrush, and this is where things get really cool! Lightly dip a brush in water and begin working it into the color. It becomes really creamy and creates an effect similar to watercolor paints.

I did this with the next two colors and played with overlapping and blending some of them together to create different tones and effects.

Layer Faber-Castell Gelatos for a unique, blended effect

I wanted one last bit of embellishment to my DIY journal cover, so I added a few circles of glitter cardstock “confetti”. And now my journal is all ready for this month’s hand-lettering prompts!

Create this pretty, crafty DIY journal cover using pigment liners and Gelatos®.

I find that I am better at sticking with challenges when I have a dedicated space for them. This notebook doesn’t have a ton of pages, but it should get me through this month’s worth of prompts. Then I may switch over to a larger sketchbook.

Hand-Lettering journal - creative goals for 2016

Do you have any creative goals for this year? I’d love to hear what they are!

4 thoughts on “DIY Journal Cover

    1. Two Purple Couches Post author

      Thank you Amy! I am loving each of daily prompts so far! Thanks for putting this book together 🙂 As for the blank journal, I was gifted a set of them years ago, and I have no idea where they came from :-/ I have ordered blank kraft paper journals from Amazon before though. They were Moleskine brand. If I come across any, I’ll let you know!

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