Art journal · Doodle · Gel print · Mixed media

Mini Journal Wrap Up

Happy New Year! I hope your year has started well, and will only keep getting better.

I managed to fill up my mini journal–a tiny 6×6 sq. cm (~ 2.5×2.5 sq. in) book– by the end of last year, and arting in it has been positively wonderful.

Mini Art Journal 2021 | Anita

I usually ready a set number of sheets for my art journals with the belief that I have sufficient time to make art in all of the pages during the year. And yet somehow, as the year inches towards a close, I find more pages remain untouched than I’d like. The result — more 2-page spreads in the final quarter of the year. πŸ˜‰ Or in the case of my mini-journal–4-page spreads!

Like my mini journal from 2020, this mini journal is also a no-sew, no-glue, folds-only journal. I first used gel printing to add non-intrusive backgrounds on both sides of a large sheet of paper. I then made partial cuts in the sheet, and used accordion folds to compact the sheet into a little book. (Check out how it looked when it was new!)

Mini Art Journal 2021 | Anita

This year, I used my mini journal not just when I was in a creative funk, but also for some mini experiments. Check out the spread with the cute fishies below, where I tried out mirror-image stamping–I first stamped with ink onto a gel plate, and then pressed the plate to paper to get a mirrored version of normal stamping. It isn’t as vivid as direct stamping, but I still like the technique. Using specialized products instead of a gel plate might result in better images, but this is good enough for my art journaling.

I also doodled quite a few spreads, and made abstract art on some. πŸ˜‰ (It’s hard to make abstract images when the mind is not accustomed to it.) As usual, I used various media on the mini journal. If they work on a big journal, there’s no reason why they can’t on a tiny one. Here are a few of my spreads from this journal –

For the new year, my mini journal will be a sewn one, just as my new A6 journal will be. I’d thought I won’t pre-add a background to the mini journal, but have changed my mind now. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to share my setup with you! And if you have anything prepped for this arty year, or have plans, I can’t wait to hear about them!

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14 thoughts on “Mini Journal Wrap Up

  1. Sounds like you’re starting off the New Year the right way. Your mini journal is so pretty. I like the accordion fold pages. The many different designs and mixes of colors and figures is such good fun. I look forward to another year of creating and blogging along with you. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, E.C.! I love the no-fuss accordion folds too. If I don’t like the bound journal of this year, I can always make a backup accordion-folded book since it whips up super-fast! πŸ™‚

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