Friday, April 1, 2016

FRIDAY FREEBIE - Journaling By 5s - Intro

NOTE:  This post is going to be longer than the remaining posts in this series. This post provides you with background and links as well as Session 1.

For the Friday's in April, I will be walking you through my experience of Journaling By 5s. The concept was created by Texas artist/ blogger/ youTube queen - Shannon Green

The idea is to just open yourself up and allow the creativity flow... in an Left Brain/ OCD kind of way. Boy, does she have my number! Shannon has blended the analytical, step by step Left Brain with the free flowing Right Brain in a fun and short-based journaling project. With Journaling By 5s, you can have a COMPLETED art journal in 2 hours!

We are not talking about something with a theme, or the Kelly Rae Roberts artistic style. This is more about slapping down a wet medium on a page. Then glue and doodle. That's it!

Today's blog post is all about getting started. Here's what you will need for this project:

Composition Journal
Glue Stick
Paint/ Ink
Collage/ Recycle/ Images/ Words Mediums
Stamps/ Stencils
Pens/ Pencils/ Markers

Here is an overview of how Journaling By 5s works:

You do NOT have to use a Composition book. You can use 20 pages from anything. Kelly Donovan chose to use 20 individual pages, which allowed her a bit of freedom when applying  her wet medium in Session #1.  Just keep in mind that if you are planning to use a wet medium like paints, then you want something that can hold up to those. 

If you use a Composition book, you will want to glue 5 pages together, to form a single page. Do this to create 20 'workable' pages. Here you can see I counted the page groupings together and paper-clipped them. Then all I had to do was remove the paper clip and glue the pages in that 'signature' together:

I used the backing sheets from contact paper (left over from all the contact paper I used when putting the studio items together) to keep my groups separate during the gluing process. 

My husband was kind enough to take these photos for me.

After applying glue with the glue, I smooshed pages together to get a good stick.

I now have 20 thick pages to accept my wet mediums I'll be applying next week. Come back Friday to see what colors I work with. That's when the FUN really begins!

Creative Blessings!


  1. This looks very interesting, I can feel my creative juices starting to wake up! Cara x

  2. I need some inspiration for another art journal, the first in my new craft room, so I will be interested to see what you do :) Lea @

    1. What I like best about this project is that if you choose to, you can complete the journal from start to finish in about 2 hours. Or you can do as I am and do them in separate sessions over several days. I hope you'll give it a shot and share when you do. Creative Blessings!

  3. Kelly, you are so creative. I can't wait to see how this turns out. Hugs, Maggie