Welcome to Part 1: Color Inspiration Journal


In this very first section, I share with you my most favorite way to create an altered book journal! But before we begin, let's go over the acronym ROYGBIV. Say what?!

The colors of the rainbow: Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet.

Plus I have a fun little project in the first video where we create a ribbon in the rainbow color scheme. This ribbon will be used to decorate the spine of our Color Inspiration Journal!

Let's get started! 


Supply list

Acrylic Paints: red or pink, orange, yellow, green, blue or teal, paynes grey, & violet (I used Liquitex Soft Body, Golden Fluid & Target Brand)

100% Polyester Ribbon (mine is from Hobby Lobby)

1" Wash Brush

E6000 Glue

Clean water and towel

Optional: heat gun

Pictured is an example of my fluid acrylic inks displayed and organized in the rainbow color scheme! How inspiring is that to look at?! I keep all my paints organized like this in an Ikea cart because not only is it pretty to look at but it's a great organizational tool to use.

And how pretty is that ribbon attached to the spine of my color inspiration journal?! 

What will you organize using the acronym ROYGBIV? Share with me on Instagram using #ColorWheelInspired or #KarmasJourney. I can't wait to see what you create!

Altered Book Journal

Now it is time to alter a book and turn it into a color inspiration journal to use for our future color wheel projects! Part 1 is an introduction of different ways I have altered books into journals. Part 2, we deconstruct our book and turn it into a beautiful and one of a kind "Color Inspiration Journal". Enjoy!

Quick Note:

After recording this project, I decided to not keep the book all white and added a mint colored craft paint to the outside cover of my book. I also used the E6000 glue to add a small envelope to the front inside of my book so I can keep items such as pictures from magazines or my own personal pictures to use later for inspiration. 

supply list

Hardcover book

Craft Knife (I found mine at Target)

Crop-a-dile tool



Modeling Paste (mine is from Michaels)

E6000 Glue

Rainbow Dyed Ribbon (from first project video)

2mm elastic cord (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)

Journal Inserts

In this final video, I share with you a way to quickly make journal inserts for your color inspiration journal. When I took my very first online mixed media class called "Mermaid Circus" by the talented Jane Davenport and Teesha Moore, I learned how to make a 3 hole stitch styled journal using a sheet of 22x30 paper. Although I learned a different way to create a 3 hole stitch journal, I hope you enjoy this very simple one using 9x12 paper. Enjoy!

supply list

Target Paper Pad by Kid Made Modern

Waxed Thread (I found mine at Hobby Lobby) I also love ordering from this Etsy shop!



Darning Needle (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)

I am so excited to see how your color inspiration journal turns out! Please share on Instagram using #ColorWheelInspired or #KarmasJourney.  

Bonus Project

watercolor color wheel

I'm so excited to share with you this bonus project, the watercolor color wheel! In this next video I explain why I created a watercolor color wheel and how I used it to mind map this workshop. I hope you give this one a try because it is just so pretty and so simple to create!

In the video I talk about Holbein paints not holding up very well in my travel paint palette but that is only the Opera and Cobalt Turquoise. All the other Holbein colors are doing great and not drying up. Daniel Smith and QoR are great watercolors too and they are holding up just as great in my travel paint palette. :)

supply list

Watercolor brush size 10 (My Holbein brush was a gift with purchase but I linked another favorite of mine!)

Watercolors: I used a variety including QOR, Holbein, & Daniel Smith. 

Quinacridone Magenta, Transparent Pyrrole Orange, Lemon, Emerald Green, Cobalt Teal, Indigo, Dioxazine Purple

Optional: Sea salt

Here is the link to one of my favorite watercolorist, Danielle Donaldson. I love giving credit where credit is due and of course sharing the love. :)

This concludes Part 1 of the Color Wheel Inspired workshop and I will see you on Part 2 on November 14th!