The A- Z of Artful Journaling: B is for Blotting

Hello, and welcome to another A-Z of Artful Journaling post! Today, I’m taking a look at blotting. Blotting is about more than just soaking up excess liquid. It can be used to create texture and depth and even to add paint too – you can blot things off and blot things on. Click on the images for a closer look.


When it comes to blotting up paint, you can use anything that’s absorbent such as kitchen towel, tissues, rags, napkins, cotton wool. If your blotter has a texture you could create some interesting patterns as you blot. Experiment with the amount of pressure you apply and see what effects you get.


If you’re using a hairdryer or heat tool to dry your page and some of the paint pools are refusing to dry, blot them with a paper towel. You’ll be left with a lighter pool-shaped area, which can look nice.


Natural sponges are great for blotting up paint and creating patterns. They work best if slightly damp. You can also spray colours onto sponges, or dip sponges into colours – this works with acrylics, watercolour, poster paint, emulsion … anything really. If you dry the paint between applications, you can achieve lovely layering effects.








You can blot paint through stencils – otherwise known as stenciling. You can also use the paint that’s left on the stencil, by flipping the stencil over and pressing it down onto the page. Any excess can be blotted up with tissue.





Those were just a few ways of using blotting in your journal. How have you used it in yours?

Thanks for reading! See you soon. x

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