The A – Z of Artful Journaling: D is for Dripping

Hello, again! I was thinking about filing this spread under M for Mistakes or U for Unintentional, as the white squiggly things remind me of … er … something they’re not supposed to, but I decided to stick with D for Dripping and just laugh. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then count yourself sweet and innocent!


Anyhoo, now that’s out of the way, on with the tutorial. Dripping is a fun way of creating artful journaling backgrounds. You can drip with anything that’s runny enough to drip, and if it’s not runny enough (like acrylic paint) you can always thin it with water. You can drip in all sorts of ways too, such as: directly from a container, or from a brush, or from a pipette or even by ringing out a paper towel.

Now, to create this spread I used:

  • my 68gsm Tomoe River Paper journal
  • artist masking fluid
  • pipette
  • hairdryer
  • spray water bottle
  • Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers: Byron Bay, Blue Bottle and Deep Sea
  • paper towel
  • large paintbrush
  • Derwent Graphik Line Painters: Minted and Snow
  • Liquitex Acrylic Ink: Copper
  • black fine liner
  • Sakura Gelly Roll: Green
  • peacock feather washi tape
  • number stencil
  • pencil
  • small paintbrush

First, I used a disposable pipette to drop masking fluid onto my pages. Before it dried, I stood my journal upright and shook it up and down to get the masking fluid to run down the paper. I then dried it with my hairdryer. At this point, I thought the drips looked like they’d make cute balloons or maybe flowers.





Next, I gave the pages a liberal spray with water then added a few drops of each of the mermaid markers. These are very intense colours, and a little goes a long way.

To pick up some of the pooled ink and drip it around the spread, I used a pipette. I also used a brush to spread the ink around too. Because the page was wet to start with, the colours blended really well.

After using some paper towel to blot up excess liquid, I dried the paper with my hairdryer. I then dripped on some water and mopped it up with paper towel. This lifted some of the colour, adding texture and interest to the background.

To create smaller drips, I used Derwent Graphik Line Painters. They tend to splurge out their opaque ink which makes them unpredictable and messy, but that was the look I decided I was going for with this!

Once the line painters had dried, I dripped on the copper Liquitex Acrylic Ink. These inks can make great splat marks if dripped from a height of about 2 ft. Unfortunately,  they just gave me perfect circles, today! (I couldn’t have achieved that id I’d tried.) So I jiggled the page about and made them run as I’d done with the masking fluid.

To add the date, I used a stencil and pencil to draw out the numbers and a small brush to paint them in with more of the copper ink. I used the same ink and brush to letter ‘march’. To make the lettering pop, I added a drop shadow with a black fine liner. After everything had dried, I ran some peacock feather washi tape down the outer edges of both pages. Finally, for extra interest, I added some little ticks and dashes with the fine liner and gelly roll.

I thoroughly enjoyed putting this spread together. Dripping is very playful and joyful. It’s the kind of thing we used to do when we were kids, but stopped doing as we grew up. What about you? Have you dripped in your journal?

Thanks for reading! Catch you soon. xxx

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