Using Meaningful Text

Meaningful text and positive self-talk are important to me in Art Journaling.

This lesson shows my process of designing the page below and fitting the text within the design.

Hope Journal, spread 2

Here is a list of lettering/doodling supplies you will need for this lesson to write the words and doodle on these pages in pen: 


  • Journal Pages of watercolor paper to doodle and write on
  • Pencil
  • Eraser –  kneaded eraser and/or white eraser suggested
  • Permanent drawing/writing pens, preferably in a few various widths, such as Fabercastell Pitt Pens (fineliner set which includes sizes XS, S, F, M) or Copic Fine Nib Inking Pens set which includes sizes 0.3, 0.1, 0.05, 0.03. Microns may work too, but tend to smear when writing over layers of acrylic medium or paint, so they aren’t my first choice.
  • White permanent pen for fixing mistakes, such as Painters Pen, fine tip, paint marker by Elmer’s, OR ACRYLIC water based paint marker/Extra fine by Montana Markers, OR BIC Wite-Out Correction Pen.
  • List of Quotes, Verses, Words you would like to use in your journal


~ Choose a word or theme that describes what you want your journal to be about. Then google that word/s and add the word “quotes” to it. Click on some of the links provided and see if the quotes are what you are looking for.

~ Go into Pinterest and do the same thing in the search box, typing in your word and adding the word: quote. Here is a link to my Inspirational Quotes Pinterest Board: http://www.pinterest.com/valeriesjodin/inspirational-quotes/

~ Go to Brainy Quotes at http://www.brainyquote.com/ and type your word in the search box or peruse words under “Popular Topics”

~ If you would like to use the Bible, go to Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/and put your word in the search box to find verses using that word.

~ Your local library. For me there is something about going to the library and looking through an actual book of quotes, prayer books etc. Just an old soul I guess.

NOTE: Please remember to give the author credit for their quote whenever possible. 🙂

The following video is a demo of my process designing the second spread of the HOPE Journal and choosing meaningful quotes to include.

The password for the video is: do-letter

In the video below I show how to write a long quote in pen and get ready to doodle the border:

The password for the video is: do-letter

2nd spread detail copy copy

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