This isn’t ground breaking nor earth shattering DIY, it doesn’t have to be for a sketchbook either, I’ve used these tools to create my own cover for my blog idea book, monthly budget tracker (cause I’m old school and like to write it down) and also, for my sketchbook. I don’t know about you, but I love stationary, office supplies and of course, art supplies so I love having journals and sketchbooks for any and everything I can find an excuse to use one. And personalizing them and just getting to be creative all over them makes my soul happy. So, here is my take on the tools one can use to design their own sketchbook cover.
Obviously you can use whatever you’d like, but I am rather found of the look of watercolor and ink working together.
1. Take those watercolor pencils and go to town coloring on the cover of the journal/sketchbook. Really you can do what ever floats your boat, go crazy, be creative. I go darkest to lightest in shade, then blur them together by watering my paintbrush and smudging everything with it.
2. Take those gel pens and draw something, write something, quote something… whatever feels right for the sketchbook/journal’s purpose.
And there you have it, easy peasy. There’s something quite satisfying about creating your own cover for your journals, sketchbooks and more.
ONE MORE THOUGHT: Have some family recipes you need to write down? Why not make a journal for them, create a beautiful cover, give it a title and what not. You could even go as far as to draw pictures for each recipe on the inside. Oh, the possibilities, I just gave myself an idea of something to do in the future, because, why not right!