I’m going to let you in on a little secret, sometimes when I get a new bullet journal, I’ll practice drawing my front page before actually committing to it for real.
There’s just something magical about the first page, it sets the tone for the whole book, and I always want it to be just so.
Today is no different. I am planning what will be my new aims bullet journal. I am reasonably sure I am going to purchase an Archer and Olive journal. They are stunning. I’m having a hard time trying to decide between the normal one or the black out version, and then once I’ve done that, there’s only the cover to decide upon!
This book will be a collection of all the things I want to achieve between now and the end of 2020, places I want to travel, restaurants to try, books to read, business goals – everything! Deciding on a front page that would sum all this up is no mean feat. I’d toyed with the idea of a quote, but I came to the conclusion something that resonates with me now might not do in 15 months. I couldn’t think of anything to draw that would represent just what the book was about and it almost seemed to easy to write ‘Goals’ or ‘Aims’
I decided that as this book was all about my personal aims, maybe it should be something personal like my initial. I wanted it to be ‘arty’ but had no clue in what way. After much deliberating I decided the best thing you can do is just start, and after all this was just a practice run, so it didn’t really matter if i messed it up numerous times.
First I drew the letter B, simple bubble letter, filling most of the page. For once I didn’t really worry to much about the letters positioning, I figured I’d most likely be rubbing it out soon.
I don’t actually remember making a conscious decision to draw circles on the letter, but that’s what happened, some where around the 10th circle I realised that these could be turned into flowers and so I tentatively started drawing a flower outline over the first circle.
I’m using my new Staedtler fine liners, which I am totally in love with. I like to do a bold outline, with finer detailing so I’ve opted to use sizes 1.0 and 0.1.
I still wasn’t sure about it at this point, I thought it was going to be to simple. However not having any better ideas I carried on.
And I am so glad I did. Simply adding some shading with the finer pen, made all the difference and pushed me to continue.
BETHANY’S TIP: Do the same style flower in different places and different sizes all in one go. I realised this was so much easier as I was halfway through.
Fill in the gaps with small flowers and leaves. If there was ever a gap so small I couldn’t add a flower, I would simple do a wavy line or some dots to give the impression there was something behind there.
Lastly when all the flowers were drawn I added so swirls and leaves coming out of the flowers. It’s such a small gesture, but it really tied the whole piece together.
Now I just need to decide whether to leave it black and white or colour it when I move it across to my new planner!
I’d love to know what you think!
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