DIY Notebooks! Part 2:

Part 2 of the DIY Notebook series is here! Once again, I just began by wrapping the notebooks with some brown paper before decorating them.

For the first notebook, I just colored all over it with some watercolor pencils in a pretty random pattern. Then to activate the pigment, I brushed water all over the cover. The gradient wasn’t as smooth as I hoped for it to be, but it was very pigmented which is why I chose to use watercolor pencils over watercolors. After that, I just wrote the word “wander” on it with a brush pen, and added some doodles with a Micron pen.

For the second notebook, I added two strips of washi tape to the left side of the notebook and some vertical lines with hearts on the right side. I then drew a giraffe with a light bulb on top of its head with micron pens and colored that in with drawing ink. Below that, I wrote the words “stay curious” with a brush pen.

I hope you try making these notebooks yourselves, and a part three will be up soon!

References:

Globe Doodle: https://in.pinterest.com/pin/811844270298755681/

Airplane Doodle: https://www.flickr.com/photos/texasdoxiemama/27893594011

Giraffe Doodle: https://in.pinterest.com/pin/701294973195435903/?lp=true

Light Bulb Doodle: https://www.colourbox.com/vector/vector-light-bulb-idea-hand-drawn-vector-15970863

2nd Notebook Idea: http://bee-inspired.blogspot.com/2012/02/diy-notebook-sketchbook-whatever-i-want.html

 

DIY Notebooks! Part 1:

Hey everyone! I decided to make some cute DIY notebooks because I didn’t really like the covers already on the notebooks. First I just wrapped the notebooks with some brown protective paper that you can find pretty much at any stationary store. Then I added the designs on top of that.

For the elephant one, I referenced a picture from Google images and sketched that onto the notebook with a pencil, added a balloon because I thought it looked cool and traced the doodle with a Micron pen. I added some color to the elephant’s ears and cheeks with some crimson drawing ink. After that, I painted on the word “breathe” with some gold, metallic watercolor paint.

As for the striped on, I saw the idea on Pinterest and wanted to recreate the notebook. I just painted the rectangular sections with some drawing ink and some metallic watercolor paint. After that dried, I took a Micron pen and drew on a bunch of vertical lines in a random pattern.

I’m really happy with how these turned out and I can’t wait to share even more notebooks with you in the coming weeks!

References:

Elephant picture: https://elephantspokenhere.com/2015/12/16/what-a-wonderful-story-wendi-the-elephant-inspires-christmas-fostering-at-the-david-sheldrick-wildlife-trust-with-endearing-adopt-me-video/

Striped notebook: https://in.pinterest.com/pin/307089268317284575/