I recently bought myself one of the lovely Strathmore Visual Journals from Blitsy. I've been hankering after one of these journals for a while now so I finally took the plunge. Oh, how beautiful and pristine all those lovely pages are! I almost feel like I don't want to use it, it is so clean and full of potential possibilities. I know you have been there too, bought a new journal or sketchbook but you find it hard to use it as it looks so lovely. Well stop right there! You bought it to use it! It is only paper, admittedly lovely paper, after all, right?
I have three go-to tricks that I use to get me using new journals that I am afraid to 'mess up' and make sure that I use them the way they were meant to be used! The thing to always remember is that you can cover any marks you do not like with layers. These are three great warm-up exercises too; they are quick and easy and will get you in the swing of making art before you know it!
Deep breath now, lovely clean page at the ready.