DIY Pointillism Notebook

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Time: 30 minutes
Materials: sharpies, moleskin notebooks, pencil, stencil

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)One habit I’ve formed since becoming self-employed is making countless to-do lists. At the end of each day, I write down everything that needs to be done or that has an upcoming deadline. Not only does this keep me organized, but it also helps me clear my mind before wrapping up work for the day. Plus, there’s something so satisfying about being able to physically cross an item off a to-do list, don’t you think? When I saw these Neon Sharpies at Staples (hurry– they’re even on sale until August 24th while supplies last!), I knew I needed to give my plain notebook a makeover.

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)

 

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)Start by lightly tracing around your stencil onto the notebook. I was able to make a stencil by mocking up a design in photoshop then tracing it on a sheet of paper from the computer. After, I cut out the letters and taped them down. Of course there are much easier ways to do this, but if you don’t have a printer or stencils handy, this method works!

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)Remove your stencil and correct any mistakes. You’ll use these marks as a guide, so make sure they’re as clean as possible.

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)On the outside of your line, make a series of dots with every color. The line should almost appear solid. The further you move away from the initial line, the further apart your dots should be. Continue until satisfied.

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)Erase your initial pencil marks and you’re done!

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)And if pointillism isn’t your thing, you can achieve painterly brush strokes (like on the notebook underneath) using chisel tip sharpies, also available at Staples.

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Pointillism Notebook (click through for full tutorial!)

 

I’d love to know, how do you stay organized?