I continued to use gel pens for the initial drawings, and for the shading, color pencils coupled with a blending tool, and watercolor pencils with a water brush pen.
Along the way, I discovered that some (red in my case) watercolor pencil pigment doesn’t move so well on the paper. I made some unsuccessful attempts to save the drawing (the left-hand page in the pink set above), but it was too much effort so I stopped.
I didn’t try out many ‘advanced’ experiments with multiple colors in a single session, and continued using one or two colors, both for drawing and for shading. I’m experimenting in the larger doodle book instead.
However, I did try something new. I’d ordered new white gel pens since my old one seems to be running out, and what better way to play with them than by doodling! I ended up covering a couple of pages with black acrylic paint, and used my new pens with oil-based pencils for highlighting. I love the result! (The picture doesn’t do justice to the lovely contrast.)
My book has 32 pages, and I made an extra doodle. When I’d started Inktober doodling, I’d decided to leave the first page blank, since my intention was to make doodles that don’t really have a right side up. And depending on whether orienting the book in one direction feels more ‘right’ when compared to the other, I’d write a title in the resulting ‘first’ page.
In the end, I decided to retain the spirit of the book by doodling in the first page, and wrote down the title on the inside of the cover page instead.
This was a meditative and therapeutic activity, and since it doesn’t require any planning or a lot of supplies, I’ll definitely continue to doodle often. I think I’ll make another of my no-sew mini-journals — I’d made a couple of them earlier — they are perfect for this since they too need no planning! 😉