Inktober 2018 – finished journal

I almost forgot to show you the finished journal. Here it is:

I used a simple Japanese binding technique to hold it all together.  It’s nice to have it all in one place, and it’s very tactile, though it will doubtless go in a box and get forgotten about.

What worked well:

  • Keeping things simple.  A simple sketch and a single technique often turned out best, given the short period of time I had for each one. Day 7 and Day 29 are two of my favourites.
  • Actually thinking about the composition in advance. Day 24 worked well because of this.
  • Using previous experiments as backgrounds. Day 2, Day 3 and Day 21 were all done on previously inked or painted surfaces.
  • Just about anything involving Brusho.  I love the bright colours.

What didn’t:

  • Time-consuming techniques.  Although I love the idea of textile pages, these were the ones that took longest and sometimes didn’t work so well because they were rushed.
  • Calligraphy.  I don’t really have the patience, and somehow it didn’t fit with the style of the rest of the journal.
  • Complex collage – again, because it’s time consuming, and needed better planning.

If I try Inktober again next year, I think I will go for fewer, longer pieces.  Maybe just one a week.  I think the end results will feel more satisfying.  I may even try to pick themes off the official prompt list.

Anyway, now that Inktober is over, I’ve got quite a few projects I’ve been waiting to try out  – watch this space.



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