The A – Z of Artful Journaling: B is for Baggies

You don’t need fancy watercolours to create fancy backgrounds in your art journaling. Believe it or not, the background in this photo was made using cheap felt-tip pens. You can achieve beautiful watercolour effects using nothing more than felt-tips and a few household objects:



You will need:

  • your journal
  • a spray bottle of water
  • some water-based felt-tip pens
  • a clear plastic baggie and
  • baby wipes or a damp cloth (for cleaning up)


Firstly, scribble some colour onto your clear plastic bag. Use the side without the writing on. You can use just one colour or mix a few together.



Next, spray your scribbles with water. Not too much though; you don’t want the ink running off the bag.



Now for the fun bit! Place your hand inside the bag, turn it upside down and then squish it over your journal page.



And there you have it. You can either leave it to dry or use a heat tool or hairdryer.



The background in the photo at the top of this post was created in much the same way, except that I laid down the three different greens one at a time. Starting with the lightest green, I scribbled, sprayed, squished and dried each colour one after the other. (Click on the images for a closer look.)





This is a simple, fun, quick technique and can be used on all sorts of papers. Do let me know if you’ve tried it before. What pens have you used? Have you tried anything other than felt-tips with this technique.

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