There are so many different ways you can add imagery and other little details to your journal. If you like to draw or doodle, then that might be something you want to explore with your journal entries. Zentangle can be a relaxing way to add interesting patterns to your pages. I’ve seen gorgeous travel journals that combine sketches of the sights and entries about the traveler’s adventures.
The main thing is to find a way that is easy enough for you to do without it feeling intimidating (that is, you don’t need to be able to draw!) or overwhelming, and that allows you to express yourself.
Here are a few of my favourite simple ways to add imagery and details to my journal pages.
When I was first introduced to washi tape I wasn’t really convinced. I couldn’t really think of many uses for it. But then I got a few of my own beautiful rolls and started playing in my journal, and before long I was hooked.
Now, whenever a package arrives in the mail my fiance rolls his eyes, knowing full well that it’s likely to be more washi tape (or books, I have a problem with those too!).
There are a lot of fun things you can do with washi tape to add colour and visual interest to your pages. Here are a few of my faves.
Stamps are a really easy way to add simple imagery and symbols to your journal pages.
Certain stamps can be used repeatedly to create a motif or symbol in your journal. For example, I love the compass image because for me it represents exploration and discovery (in both a literal and figurative sense), so I have several of these and use them throughout all my journals. It creates a visual motif and a continuity that underpins my current work. You might like to use a bird, butterfly, feather, cloud, arrow, house, anchor – whatever calls to you.
Here are my compass stamps and some examples of how I’ve used them throughout my journals:
I love the travel theme so much that I’ve incorporated other elements too, like washi tape, collage (maps) and words relating to the metaphor of a journey. I’ve also incorporated other travel themed stamps:
You can also use the imagery from stamps to illustrate/symbolise what it is you’re journaling about:
You can also repeat simple abstract shapes to create patterns, like this:
I love to add images from magazines and books to my pages. Usually what I do is flick through a magazine until an image catches my eye, then add it. It doesn’t have to logically tie into the page – I just trust my intuition to find me what I need.
Often the image will be a good starting point for a spread, leading me to explore a certain theme and work with a certain colour palette. For this reason, I like to choose an image and let it guide the page, rather than create a page and then try to find an image that ‘fits’.
Here are a few examples:
These are just some of the ways you can add imagery to your journal. Explore what interests you and have fun!