If you’re anything like me, you use your bullet journal every day. I tend to prefer the weekly layout spread, which gives me a good overview of what I have upcoming in terms of my school assignments and any meetings or appointments I have to be dressed nicely for. Law school makes you want to wear sweatpants every day!
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The only downside to using weekly spreads for someone who likes to add some color and variety to your journal, is that it can get a little stale. One spread per week is52 layouts a year. Couple that with the fact that I’ve been journaling for a while now.While I am constantly perusing Pinterest and Tumblr and Instagram for ways to change up my layouts, it can get pretty repetitive.
Let’s be honest, there’s only so many ways you can lay out a header, seven days and some notes boxes, right?
Ordinarily I use a combination of black TUL pens (medium gel is my favorite) and Stabilo Point 88s for color. They give a very clean, bright look of which I am a fan. When I feel like I’m starting to get into a rut, I like to shake things up, and one of my favorite ways to do that is to play with mixed media.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term, I define mixed media as [using two or more types of art, like painting, drawing or collage]. Mixed media is a great way to add variety and dimension to your bullet journal spreads.
My spring semester just started this week though so I thought it was time to try something new. I had a coupon for my favorite crafts store, so I splurged and purchased a Koi Water Color travel set that comes with a chamber water brush.
The brush itself gave me some trouble until I realized that it screwed together in the opposite direction (I’m assuming because it’s from Japan?) but it was very easy to use.
I still used my TUL pen for creating boxes, but the smooth water colors were perfect for adding some texture and life to my spread this week, and I’m incredibly pleased with how it turned out.
The fine paper in my Moleskin doesn’t hold up well to watercolor, the pages curl and wrinkle a bit which I find a little less aesthetically appealing, but they don’t bleed through, especially compared to most pens. If a wavy page doesn’t bother you, there’s no real downside, and I suspect they might have less of an effect on journals with thicker pages. Either way, I’m definitely glad to have more options in my wheelhouse!
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