The A – Z of Artful Journaling: S is for Sprays Part III

Of all the ways I use colour sprays in my journal, I think this method is my favourite. I love to squirt the tops of the pages and let the colours run down and mingle together on the page.

(Take a look at Sprays I and Sprays II for other techniques.)

For this you will need:

  • your journal
  • a craft mat or cleanable surface
  • spray colours
  • something to lean your journal on
  • a hairdryer or heat tool
  • paper towel or rags for blotting
  • baby wipes or rags for cleaning up

Take your journal and prop it up at a steep angle. This will encourage the colours to run down the page. Spray on your first colour in a few places across the top of the page.



While the first colour is still wet, spray on your second colour – enough so that it runs down to the bottom too.



As the colour travels down the page, the top may become too faint for your liking. If this is the case, turn your journal upside down to allow the colours to run back up. This can also create some nice blending effects.


When you’re happy with your page, go ahead and dry it with a heat tool or hairdryer. You may need to blot the bottom of the page if the colours are pooling there.



If you like to doodle on your backgrounds, these shapes lend themselves really well to drawing on. You could turn the dribbly bits into strings or stems and the blobby bits at the top into balloons or flowers. You could even turn them into fairy wands with sparkly stars at the top. The only limit is your imagination!

How about you? Have you tried any dribbly colour in your journal? What tools do you use to achieve it?

Thanks for reading! Catch you later. xxx

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