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Daily Paper Prompt #27: Slow Journaling

Slow journaling in gellyroll on black gesso in an altered book, more pix at Altered Book: black.magenta.

An excerpt from this page about the bookstore, "I like to take notes at the bookstore... things I think of, quotes, books to investigate further, facts, sketches, notes, creative ponderings etc." I used a Rapidograph nib in my 8x8" Clairefontaine watercolor journal. The upper half is with a .6mm nib and J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir. The lower half is with a thin .35mm nib and J. Herbin Rose Cyclamin ink.

A page from 2009 written by the pool while the kids were swimming.

Play with each sentence in your mind until your thoughts concise. Slow journaling allows you to document thoughts in a unique & creative way. This is one of my favorite ways to get thoughts to a page in an effective, imaginative & pretty way.

To set up the page, draw wavy lines horizontally or vertically. The waves should not be symmetrical or consistent in any way other than going all the way across. You can paint each stretch with watercolor or gouache and let it dry thoroughly before writing. Use a pen that will not bleed into the paint {test first on a corner}.

Decide on your journaling topic and start at the top with title, date, perhaps the type of pen or ink. Write your words by stretching the letters to meet the top and bottom of the waves. Go slowly to ensure your words are legible. If the wavy lines are far apart, the letters are tall; if the wavy lines go downhill, the letters might go at an angle. Write SLOWLY, choosing each and every word DELIBERATELY with forethought.


You can use slow journaling to...

  1. Become more mindful of the world around you.
  2. Document thoughts & ideas.
  3. Describe an object or experience with vivid details.
  4. Think deeply about a topic.
  5. Letter quotes and lyrics.
  6. Use adjectives galore.
  7. Create art from words.
  8. Practice line drawing skills.
  9. Savor the moment.
  10. Focus your mind & relax.

You’ll find a video tutorial about slow journaling with a dip pen and ink here: 

Read about One Sentence Journaling {Liz Massey of Creative Liberty interviewed Quinn McDonald about one sentence journaling a few years ago, good stuff}. Quinn blogs at Quinn Creative.

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Reader Comments (2)

Love this! What a great idea--slow down, think about what you will write, make it meaningful. Yes, a great tip! Can't wait to try it.

08.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterQuinnCreative

Just finished this one. I wrote out the words that I planned for the page a few days ago, then slow journaled on the page today. I think I rush too much to slow journal regularly, but it was fun to give it a try.

08.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

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