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I'm out of town for the week filming the new season of Scrapbook Soup TV.  While I'm away, I hope you'll enjoy these posts from the Balzer Designs archives.  You can always search the archives for past gems HERE.  Enjoy!

This post is from November 2, 2012.  The linky list at the end of this post is a fresh one for this week!

ArtJournalEveryDayLogo-150If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here.  All of the previous posts can be found archived here.  There is a flickr group for sharing right here.  Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day!  No need to finish anything or even like it.  If you've done some art journaling this week and you've blogged about it, or put it on flickr, please leave a link in the linky list at the end of this post.  Thanks!

I use my art journal to pour out a lot of raw feelings that I don't necessarily want to share with the world.  You'll notice that I often redact my art journal pages when I share them here on the blog.  I often feel awkward bringing my art journal to class for students to see.  I rarely publish my journal pages, because they're intensely private.  And then I had a thought: What if my handwriting was unreadable?

So, I decided to work on making it unreadable.


  1. My normal handwriting.
  2. Squishing my normal handwriting.
  3. Squishing my handwriting even more and elongating it a bit.
  4. Spreading out my handwriting
  5. Spreading it even more.
  6. Really spreading it, and keeping it super loose.
  7. My normal handwriting with a nib pen and India Ink.
  8. Squished.
  9. Spread out.

I decided to try out my new handwriting in my art journal:

(I also experimented with my new white acrylic ink and a nib pen to create the white writing you see!)

I'm totally digging how the two kinds of handwriting turned out and I think I'll be doing this a lot more.  It will make it easier to share my pages.  

How about you?  Do you use your regular handwriting in your art journal?

Here is this week's linky list:

Thanks for stopping by!