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8 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Cover and Spine

    • 4. Circles and Splatter

    • 5. Doodle in White

    • 6. Black and Gold

    • 7. Stich and Fold

    • 8. Thank You

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About This Class


Learn how to create a stunning stitched notebook using inks, doodles and gold watercolor in this new and playful class: Inky Doodle Notebook

This is a really fun technique that yields beautiful results every time. Your painting will slowly emerge after layering ink, white gel pen, dip pen and ink, and a touch of gold watercolour or gold paint marker. You can use it as a little notecard or add pages and stitch it in the middle to create a gorgeous notebook and fill it with all your creative ideas and life goals! They also make great gifts and are easy to pop in the mail.

I can’t wait to see your notebooks, please share in the project section or find me on instagram and tag me at @lucieduclos

Doodle away, my creative friends!


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Lucie Duclos

Design + Mixed Media


Hello, I'm Lucie and I am a graphic designer and mixed media artist. I work with a lot of different mediums and techniques from pen and ink to watercolor, monoprints, encaustics, collage, acrylics and bookmaking. My work experience is in publishing, packaging and textile design. I have done packaging and illustration work for Harry & David, Smith & Hawken, UPPERCASE magazine, Danone and Salesforce among others. 

I grew up in Montreal, Canada, then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, then to Port Townsend, Washington to finally end up right back in Canada, but on the west coast, in Victoria, British Columbia. 

Check out my latest class: The Art of Stone Painting and experiment with lines, grids, patterns, botani... See full profile

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1. Introduction : Hello everybody, My name is missing, you blow. And I'm a graphic designer in here. And I want to introduce you to my new class is called Inky doodle notebook. In this class, you'll learn how to work with India ink on water color paper to create a cover for our little notebook. And will doodle on top with a white gel pen. Then we'll add some foliage with pen and ink. And for the final touch, we'll add a little sparkle of gold of watercolor. And we'll put some pages in the middle for our inside pages will stitch everything together. We'll trim it, and then we'll have a little notebook committee to write all your fabulous ideas or sketches. And you can also just do a card to our little note card if you want. But I hope you'll join me in my little inky doodle notebook adventure. See you soon. 2. Materials: So let's go over the material you would need to do your little notebook. So we're gonna start with some tape. This is painter's tape, so you don't want something too sticky. But you can use Washi taped to if you want. Then we'll need brush. I'm using a water brush, but you can use any kind of fine brush that you like. And then we'll need some white, white signal, universe signal abroad. That's what I use. You can use a postcard, but I think this works better for, for what we're gonna do today. Then you need something in go to add some goals. So I'm going to use fine tech watercolors, and I'm also in gold, and I'm also going to use a postcard paint marker in gold. And this is the unit ball, the same one as the White, but also in gold. So you can use either or, you can use all of them, but you have some options. Then we're going to use something to make our lines in black. So I'm going to use a nib is called a dip pen. I call it a nib pen all the time, but it's a dependent. And this is a pretty fine nib. And then if you don't want to use a nib, a dip pen can use markers. You can use a fine marker. Lappin is a good brand. The secure pigment sensors, a good brand, unit balls or mix one. You have a lot of options. The other thing is you'll need some scissors. You will, we will stitch everything on a sewing machine. So I'm using gold thread for it, but you can use any color you want. I just like to add a touch of gold. Then you'll need a few clips to hold your page together when we stitched them. And then you need a pencil, a bone folders, not absolutely necessary, but if you have one that's very handy, then you will need are exact or knife and a cutting mat and also metal ruler. You can use a regular ruler if you want, but if you have no ruler, it works really well. And the paper that I'm going to use for this demo is Fabriano cold press a 140 pounds in eight by ten. And then you're going to need about ten sheets of 8.5 by 11. And we're going to cut them eight or ten sheets. And we're going to cut them to be about ten by seven. But I'll show you how we do that later. And then of course, the ink that we are going to use. So I'm using black India ink and I'm using t. And now also using blue, you can use any colors you want. This is what I'm using here. You can also use watercolor if you want. And then you need something to mix your colors. I just buy these ceramic in the kitchen store. I think they work really well, but if you have something to mix a color, that's great. And then something to mix, some water to mixture, to mix a color and a piece of paper towel. And then you're ready to go. 3. Cover and Spine: Okay, let's get started on our cover for our notebook. So we're going to use a sheet of watercolor paper. I'm going to use this Fabriano cold press, a 140 pounds. And this one is eight by ten. So that's my final size from my cover, is going to be five by seven. Fold it. So this is already ten, so I'm just gonna measure it and figure out five in the middle of it because I need to score it. I need to score it to fold it. Because if you drive it folded without scoring it, it's not going to be a very clean fold. So I'm going to use a bone folder for this, but you probably use skewer or something else if you have a bone folder. And I'm going to score it and see how that works pretty well. And then because I wanted to be seven into seven by five, I'm gonna click, I'm gonna actually trim the top part here. I wanted to be at seven. Right here. I'm just going to cut this slice dissolve with my exact tonight. Ok, so now I have my cover. The first part will be to paint the spine. So what I'm gonna do is sort of measure actually I'm not going to measure it and I'm just going to eyeball it. So I want to leave. I wanted to paint a strip of color. So what I'm gonna do is use my tape and kind of just make because I want to blood this areas for the spine and when to do that on both sides. On each side of my fault. There you go. So you can see that a little bit wider scope to, you know, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna do this because paint on my table. I'm going to bring in my watercolor and are not my watercolor, my ink. Because if we're going to work with ink today, but you can do all this with watercolor if you want. So I am going to use for this yet, Inc. I'm going to use the blue and a little bit at the teal in a tiny bit of the black. So first, I'm just going to put little puddles of inks here. And you can use different colors. You don't have to use these colors. And a black, I just don't need a live just a tiny little bit here. So now and I'm gonna do, is I'm going to mix these colors here. And of course I need some water. And I'm just going to apply the paint here. Maybe add a little bit of black. I just wanted to be a little bit not too uniform. I want to have, I want to talk a little bit of texture. Alright. Maybe Apollo black here. Maybe that's too much black. C, And you can always wipe it too with paper. So I'm going to let this dry and we're gonna go to the next step. 4. Circles and Splatter: Okay. So when this is Dr, I'm going to gently pull off my tape here. And then I'm gonna work on smites cover right here. So to start, I'm gonna just draw my flowers first. I am going to put water and thinking going to make maybe like five of them. Ok, so I'm adding a fairly big pothole here and then I'm going to add some color. And the reason why I'm using three different color here is kind of like I like it to not be all uniform. Oh, sorry. Okay. I'm not using I wasn't using the right color. I said how come these two colors look exactly the same because I wasn't using my other colleagues here. Okay, So here might use tiny little black. And here, again, if you think that you have too much paint, you can always blooded a little bit. And areas. I really like when you start to mix a little bit of the black with these other color, because it gives you a completely different color here. So this one, I'm just painting straight. And then I'm going to add some color here. And you want to do some, they're pretty very light and some that are a little bit darker. Like I need a little bit dark here. Okay, so I have 12345, so I'm going to add maybe two more to have about seven. So maybe this one here and one here. Maybe a little one at the top right here. And I'll try to vary the sizes so they're not all the same. So different sizes, different color. And again, you can do all of this would watercolor if you want. I just like to use Inc. What is one? But and I feel like I need another one here, so I'm going to add another owner will give me eight. And there's one I wanted to be more this color because I think you feels uneven. I'm gonna add a tiny little bit one and another one here. Okay, that's enough. I'm going to stop break there. So the last thing I'm gonna do on this far, let it dry as I'm going to add some splatter. So I'm going to probably something here so don't mess up my background. Or you just take some pain and then spew. Loves bladder. So simple yet so efficient. Okay, so that's great. I'm gonna let it dry and are going to meet you in the next video. 5. Doodle in White: Okay, so now that this is dry, I'm gonna use my signal unit ball in white. You can probably use a postcard paint pen for that. But what I'm gonna do is add some details to metal circles. I'm gonna do, I'm just gonna do some very simple, very simple. I would say keep it simple. Because we are going to be adding a little bit of the gold a little bit later, which will make it Fabulous. So it doesn't look like anything until it starts to really look like something you'll see. So I'm going to do here, just take a little plaid. The nice thing about using white. You can just, you know, even if you go over what you lined here, you're really not going to show it. So I would say make sure you go to the very edge. Because it creates a really nice effect. Here. I'm gonna do maybe some kind of a leaf effect. Nan, I'm gonna do just doodling. So this is the doodling part. Will just doodling on our little circles here. I'm gonna make a little scallop. Maybe mill star. I always like to do. Just fill your circle with little textures. What else can I do? I could do some. This is when I run out of ideas. Let's see, I'm going to do something like that. See, this is why usually only do fight circles out, come up with all these ideas. Now I have one more here. I'm gonna do something with archivists, do maybe some little dotted line, like little stitch line. So that is, you know, you can add some stuff. I might add some little dots here. Whoops. So don't do that. Don't put your finger in what you just did. So it's better to turn it around and do that all the time. And you know, add texture. That's for sure. But here I'm going to, oh, you know what you know what you want to do. Don't forget to depending on the spine here, so I forgot to do that. So I'm going to add a texture here so you can add like stitching if you want, you know, little stitch like that. Or you can add little circles. You know, this could be a little bit of my another texture. Ok, so I am going to kinda let this ink dry a little bit. And I will go to the next step, which we're going to add black lines for a stems and a little bit of gold. 6. Black and Gold: So now it's time to add our little leaf and a little stems. So I'm gonna use my black India ink and my nib pen. And you can use also like a regular markers. You want to use one of these marker. You can do that. But I kinda like the pen, the nib pen because you get some interesting variation in line and textures. So kinda like that for that. So let's add some stem here. So I'm just gonna go and I'm trying to make him look funky. You just connecting them really. This could connect like this. And I think this one could connect with that one right here. And this one could connect here to this one would be connecting with this one. And this one would be its own thing. I think. I'm going to add some leaves. I'm just going to add a kind of little branches like this. And then what I'm gonna do is fill some of them with black. And some of the ones I'm going to put gold. So I just want to do half of them in black. Okay, so now it's time to add some goal. The, so this is where the magic happens when you put a touch of gold everywhere. So I'm gonna use this watercolour. It's by fine tech and its Gold watercolor. The other thing you can use is a unit ball in gold. And I'll show you, we'll do, we'll put some of that tube. And you can also use the postcard in gold. But let's start with the water colors. Just to show you. Your option. Okay, my brush is dirty. It is not a good idea. So my brush has a little bit of that previous colors, so I'll just call it, try it on here. Okay. I negate so called paint would gold. I really think it's awesome. I don't know why. It's just like, wow, look at that. Golden your brush. Okay. So now I think I'm going to add some things to my a little nap pretty. So I mean, I don't know if these are leaves or if they're buds. I don't know, but, you know, we can call them leaves are branches. You can call them whatever you want. Actually. You're free to call them whenever you want. Okay, so now I'm gonna do that. And then I'm going to add some gold in different places. Here's how you can use this oscar paint marker would be good to use if you want to put like little dots, like here would be called to add little little dots. So that would be something kinda hard to do with a brush. So the postcard is actually great for that. And you can use the postcard to just fill shapes too. So if you don't have watercolor, Goldwater color, you can use it for that. It's a little more flat than the Gold watercolor, but it's still pretty. And then you have the unit ball. Let's do little. And that one is also pretty nice. You can put the pretty thick layer on there. And further really fine area like this one. It's kinda nice to be able to control exactly where your God is going to be. Rung. Go ahead and just add some detail. So you want to add a little bit of gold in different places. And we're gonna go and work on her spine too. Don't forget we have a low spine here. Good to have a spine. Some people don't have spines. Okay. Three philosophical right? Now I'm going to add little dot here my hand, other little circles. I really want to add some like each, each little flower to have a little bit of gold. How much brighter is with the paint? And what your cover for your notebook. If you're gonna do a card, if you're just gonna do like a greeting card, which you can, then you done. If you're gonna do a notebook, I'll meet you in the next video. 7. Stich and Fold: So now we're going to put hourly low notebook to gather. So I got a cut eight pieces of paper that are the same size as my cover here. So there are ten by seven and I fold them in half. And I'm gonna put it right here in the UK. And I don't worry about this quite yet. I'm going to stitches and then I'm going to trim it. So I put a piece of paper folded in half. Now will give me eight times four is 32 pages, right? So that's pretty good. And so depending on the thickness of your paper, you will want to put in your sewing machine. Of course, if you sewing by hand, you can probably put more than that. So I'm going to make, take my little clips here and clamp on each side here. Because I want it right in the crease. Alright. I'm going to put another one at the bottom here. I put this one at the bottom. Loop sense. Okay, so I'm ready to stitch here. If you're gonna do this by hand, stitching by hand, you wanna make sure you poke some holes first. So I would go in and poke all my holes here first with a needle and then you can go in and stitch by hand. But I'm going to do it on my sewing machine. Okay, so now I'm going to stitch my book, my, my binding. And I happen to have some gold thread and I put the bob in a different color because I kinda like to do that. So you can use any color thread, edges, been sewing up some stuff with gold. So I like the goal. Okay, so I'm going to use kind of a longer stitch and I'm going to start by slowly. Okay, so it looks like it goes through. You're going to have to test with your sewing machine to see if it can take it. Ok, you want to go slow? I'm going to tack it. Go back. Okay. Okay. Slowly. And then you just go all the way across. And the same thing when you get to the end packet back. And you'd done, right, see this ditch, beautiful. And then I have had blue, kind of a blue metallic On the other side. And I have the gold in the middle, so it kinda ties in with the god. It'll touch up goal that I put on my, on my illustration is so now that I'm done stitching, I am going to trim my edges plus the sum. So this looks good. So I'm going to fold this. They've been used my bone folder. And when you might need to do is to put it under a heavy book overnight, just soak it flattens and a little bit. And now what I want to do is to ram the edges and I'm going to trim in everything together here. When I use my exec to nine and a sharp blade. And you just trim a little bit at the top. Actually, this looks pretty good. I don't think I'm going to trim the top. Maybe I well, I will just so everything lines up perfectly. I probably don't really need to just being a graphic designer here. Because it doesn't need to be perfect. Because it's, it's handmade. And then I'm going to do the same at the bottom here. And the trim here. You have a nice level notebook that you can put all your goals for the New Year. Four, you creative life. And it's really nice because it's stitch so it opens up really flat. And you can make them different sizes, different colors. You can change the papers, you can put color paper in size. There's so many things you can do. And another thing you can do is to take your little notebook and put it in an envelope and send it in the mail to a friend. How fine. How Kuwait B to get this in the mail? I would love to get this in the mail. Maybe I'll send myself one in the mail. Actually, just forget it. Anyway. I hope, I hope you're going to experiment and have fun with these little notebooks. And I can't wait to see your creations enjoyed. 8. Thank You: Thank you so much for taking my class. I can't wait to see your little notebooks, so please feel free to share in the project section below. And don't forget to follow me on skill share, so you'll find out about my new classes. And also if you want to follow me on Instagram at Lucy, and I can't wait to see you in my next class. Ibf though.