Use a layout
Liz of Liz and Borromini uses a few layout options depending on what she's sketching. I love this idea. It gives you a little more control, and to my mind, makes it a bit easier to make an interesting page.
|I wish I could find the link to where she posted this sketch, but here is |
the link to her flickr account...it's in there somewhere!
Ever look back at an old journal or sketchbook and realize you didn't put a date on the page? I have, and it's much better if you can see the improvement or changes over time. You can't do that without a date.
I love the way Brenda Swenson dates her sketchbooks.
I love color...it wakes things up. Sometimes I prefer to leave a sketch just pencil or pen, but usually it's much more fun and interesting with color added.
Stick something on it
I love how Liz Steele sticks tea bags or other memorabilia onto her page. I need to start doing this.
Balance - between words and pictures
If you're doing both, words and pictures, this is where the layout can come in very handy. Too many words with a scrunched up sketch or a large sketch with the words jammed in here and there can be frustrating. It's just prettier when there's a nice balance. This is one I definitely need to work on!
Of course, it is your journal...so this is very good advice!
I'm learning these things too, so this helps me to get my pages looking a little livelier. I tend to either have one thing on the page, or I jam it up with a bunch of unrelated things. That's okay - like I said, no rules! But sometimes I just want my pages to look a little prettier and more interesting (and blog worthy!)
Here are a few pages from my sketchbook this past week. As you can see, I need some work on layout and composition, not to mention more, more practice!