There are now 50 pages and when I flip through them, from 1 to 50, I can see and feel the evolution in the prompts and doodles. I am immensely proud of my collection of journal pages.
And still . . .
I want them to be better. I want them to look better. I want to be able to expand on these pages for years to come, but when I sit down to work on them, I'm stumped.
I've gotten to a point where I feel restricted rather than inspired. Specifically, I feel restricted by the size, the layout, the colour palette, and the typefaces on my pages.
So I've been thinking about it. A lot. And I've made a few changes. Changes that I hope will help me feel less restricted and more inspired. Changes that I hope will lead to better pages, for you and for me.
There isn't much I can do about the size. I gave it a lot of thought and tried other options, but as printables, the pages work best and most practically on letter-sized paper.
So, the size stays.
I also fiddled a lot with the layout. Up until now, I've been using a sort of grid layout. Three parts across and three parts down. I tried all sorts of alternatives, including completely deconstructing the layout, but I found that unless there is some sort of order, the page loses its cohesiveness.
So, I got rid of my old grid and I'm working a little more by feel these days, although I don't think the layout change is overly noticeable.
In terms of colours, I wanted more of them. So I mixed a few of my own colours using the fun sliders available in Illustrator's colour guide and this is what I came up with:
Also, I'm now offering only two versions of each page: a colour-free version and a colourful one. The colourful version is fully coloured, all of it. It seemed strange to offer a colourful version before in which only the border was coloured. Why not all of it? I don't know.
So, new colour palette, new textures and slightly different pdf alternatives.
Last item: the typefaces. I began to really dislike the look of standard typefaces mixed with doodles. One or the other, but not both.
So, the lettering is now hand-drawn. (From two typefaces that I love.) The lettering is not a font. I drew in every single letter you see.
Gosh, I guess I can't put it off any longer. A little nervous here.
This is Journal Page no. 1, reimagined in colour:
I'm still working through some of the organizational issues, like what to do with the old Journal Page no. 1. It's sticking around for now, but probably not forever. There will soon be changes to the right sidebar, too, to reflect ongoing changes to the journal page collection.
Journal Page no. 2, the reimagined version, will be posted next week. No. 3 will follow the week after that, and so on and so forth.
As always, I'll figure it out as I go along. For now though, I hope you'll enjoy this new spin on an old page. If you'd like one for yourself, the colour-free version is here and the colourful version is here.