The Daily Musings Journal began as my personal practice quite a few years ago, and I thought it might be fun to tell you the story…
It is really quite astonishing to me that my personal practice has turned into a wonderful creative outlet for so many. I love how each of our musings adventures can create a “creative play” memoir of sorts.
So — are you ready to begin our mini musings adventure together?
If you don’t have a 2015 Daily Musings Journal, and you want to give this a whirl I hope you’ve found your way to my web page where you can sign-up and receive a download of the journal pages for this week. Click here, if not – it’s free to join in the fun!
Today I’m just going over my favorite and most used tools…I’m guessing many of you have some form of these tools already in your tool kit. And if not, you can definitely begin with what you have.
Tools for the Adventure
I love using markers, and when I found the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner markers I was in heaven. I love their fine point, their array of bright colors and that they last a good long time!
Another important factor is they don’t bleed through the paper on the printed edition of the journals (which is a nice 80# stock).
Sharpies, on the other hand, will bleed through…they bleed through on most text weight stock. I love Sharpies for some things, but not my musings adventure.
I also like gel pens although they don’t have the same writing smoothness (for me) as markers (for me), and some of these will bleed through.
I always recommend testing a pen you have not used before. I did not create a page specifically for that in the journal (on the 2017 edition list:), but there are plenty of musings pages that you could devote one to testing if you wanted to.
Colored pencils are another favorite tool, and my favorite is the Prismacolor Premier Pencils. They are so creamy to work with, and blend really well. The downside to these pencils is their points break quite easily.
I have begun to experiment with the Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. They have a harder lead, but still seem to go on the paper nicely.
I like being able to make a nice point on my pencils – and any pencil that will do this should work just fine.
As you can see from the image on the right I have amassed quite a collection of pencils. I love my carrier (actually a jewelry case by Papaya Art), which I received as a gift, as it rolls up and ties together so I can carry all my colors safely in my bag!
The other thing I love to do in my Daily Musings Journal is to collage inspirations with found words & phrases from magazines.
For this you need some magazines with words that inspire you, and that you’re willing to cut-up, some scissors and a glue stick.
I like to keep some cut-up words handy in an envelope…and I’ll talk a bit more about that in Thursday’s post.
I admit that sometimes I might make a quick pencil sketch before I pick-up my marker, so two final things I keep handy are a pencil and eraser.
For now I will leave you to muse over my story and where you want your musings adventure to take you. The only wrong way to do this is to not show up and play! And even if that happens you can begin again – believe me you won’t be alone. I often find myself beginning again:)
Thanks for listening to my story & going on this musings adventure with me. Let me know where you’re headed on your adventure (in the comments) for a chance to win a 2016 Daily Musings Journal.
And I’ll meet you back here tomorrow!