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Watercoloring with Tim Holtz Distress Markers

At the Michaels Craft Store I pass by the Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Markers so many times, I wonder why they've never sparked my interest until now. Maybe the fact that these were 40% off had something to do with the recent purchase, but either way, I'm happy I got them.

Along with these markers I also picked up a green Distress Ink pad. Not exactly sure how I plan on using it, but I'll find a way. Plus, green is my favorite color (Jade and Olive green to be specific) so I'm more likely to use it for my journalings over any other color.

The first page I tested these on (pictured above) wasn't used in any special way, just some light scribbles, but I'd like to get the water brush to get the nice watercolor effect (like in this tutorial). The particular marker set I got was this one, and the journal I'm currently using it on is the Midori notebook #003 blank for the Traveler's Notebook.

My cursive handwriting is definitely unique as I look at it. It's funny because I know that the pages would look a lot "neater" if I slowed my pace down, but quite honestly, when I journal, I journal best when I just let the thoughts take over and go with the flow (especially after a good glass of wine or two).

Ninety-nine percent of the time my mind is just full of  wonders, ideas, and content that it's too hard to keep up and write them all down as they come. So over time I've developed a certain shorthanded style for myself. It's interesting when I go back and reread the pages. Some words are missing letters, some m's are mushed together and look like n's, and some sentences are just so random I'm not even sure where they came from! And it's always interesting because based on my handwriting I can always detect the mood I was in that day. That's how journaling is supposed to be. Not perfect, not neat, not "right," but raw, real and just for you and your eyes only. All that matters is knowing what you wrote, the memories they hold, and how you felt the moment it was written.


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  1. The colours of your pens are so dreamy ♥ I've never seen anything like the distressed ink pad before; it produces some awesome effects!

    I love seeing how your journals progress. I've tried to keep journals/diaries before but end up trying to make them too 'perfect' and feeling like I've ruined them if I make a mistake :')

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    1. Hi Stacey! Yes, the pens do create a unique and interesting effect. Can't way to play around with them a little more!

      Don't worry about your journal looking "perfect." I find that if you focus too much on that, then you may be likely to push yourself away from journaling at all. Just start little by little.. One day just draw something small, then add a few words, then glue in some pictures. In time, you'll find your creative way and not worry so much on how the outcome is. All that matters is the fun you had while doing it. :)

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  2. These look so cool! Those pages from your journal are gorgeous. I'd love to see more. <3

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I'll try to post more if I can. It may be some time after the holiday season. Hope you're well!

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  3. Love the colors, they are so pretty! i rmember using something simmilar when i was still in school, we had to do 5 pages of designs each day using these types of markers. Love them

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    1. Hi Sandy! 5 pages? Oh wow! I can barely finish one page a day. Do you do any type of journaling now?

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  4. I borrowed a couple of these markers from a friend and they are really quite amazing... they don't bleed through some of the thin-papered journals that I have and the dual tips make them pretty versatile too. You can definitely get some great effects with water added.

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    1. Yes, I was surprised that they didn't bleed through given how "heavy" the ink comes out, but that's what makes them that much better! Now I just need to go out and get more colors. ;)

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  5. Jesus, your journals are gorgeous. My mine were just chicken scratch on notebook paper... The pastel, vintage colors are really pretty; I love bird theme you have going too.

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    1. Hey girl!! Thank you so much!

      How have you been! I miss your blog posts. :( Are you still in Korea, or are you back home now? If you have an Instagram account, let me know. I'd love to keep up on your adventures somehow! (sounding stalker-ish much?? haha)

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