Journaling By 5s, Part 1 (Or How I Got My Mojo Back)

I don’t know whether it’s because we’ve had a terribly cold and long winter or what, but I seemed to have lost my creative mojo. I have been making crafts since before Christmas but have not done any mixed-media or art journaling. 

Well I found a new way to get my creative inspiration back. It’s  a process called Journaling by 5s and was created by Shannon Green. I have been a subscriber to her YouTube videos for quite some time, but this one really blew me away. Journaling by 5s seems to have taken the mixed-media world by storm. There are lots of people on YouTube showing their processes and finished journals.

Seeing how I am not on YouTube (yet!) I will tell you about the process and show you my results on this blog for the next five days.

In a nut shell there are a few rules you have to follow for Journaling by 5s, but thank goodness there are no rights and wrongs in what you come up with. Here are the rules:

1. You finish your journal in 5 sessions

2. There are ten media you can use in total, but only 2 per session

3. You only have 15 minutes each session

4. You have 20 pages you must work on each session.

Here is the link to Shannon’s video where she explains it better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0ohBQFKqus

So in essence you are finishing a 20 page art journal in 1 hour and 15 minutes! Why would anyone want to do that? Because it frees you up from over-thinking your art and trusting yourself to create something wonderful.

So here are some pictures from my first session. In this 15 minutes I had to use paint and/or ink to put color on all 20 pages.

Journal open. Paints and inks at the ready, timer set!

Journal open. Paints and inks at the ready, timer set!

Time up! Pages have color on them as do my hands!

Time up! Pages have color on them as do my hands!

Letting the pages dry. Look at the colorful mess on my drop paper!

Letting the pages dry. Look at the colorful mess on my drop paper!

Not bad. I like this color combination.

Not bad. I like this color combination.

 

Heinous disaster page. I hate the colors and the India ink stuck like cement to the opposite page.

Heinous disaster page. I hate the colors and the India ink stuck like cement to the opposite page.

 Tomorrow I will show you  the results of putting background and recycled papers on each page. Can I redeem the heinous disaster page? Stay tuned to find out!

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