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Welcoming Summer With The Blackout Journal!

  • Archer and Olive
  • Bullet Journal
  • Bullet Journaling
  • Hand Lettering
  • Illustration
  • Summer
  • The BLACKOUT Book
  • Tutorial
  • whimsical.doodles
  • By : Nabaa Afridi

    Hello everyone! Welcome back to my second How To of this month! I recently received my Archer and Olive Blackout Book and can I just say...STUNNING!! I've owned quite a few journals in the past - a black page one included, but these are my absolute favorites! The thick black pages are perfect to journal, letter or draw in! You can use virtually any medium - pens, paints, markers with ZERO bleed through! 

    Since a lot of you have been asking about how to use these Blackout Journals, today I'm going to walk you through this super fun lettering piece! I have a thing for bright summery themes and taking inspiration from my last post, I'm doing one with watermelons! If you'd like to recreate this piece - Here are the supplies you'll need:

  • Archer and Olive Blackout Book
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
  • Pencil and Eraser

  • First step - the lettering. I used the white gelly roll pen to do a simple line lettering. This helps me decide on the placement of my watermelon slices! 

    Archer and Olive Blackout Book - Lettering

    Using the “faux calligraphy” technique, I completed the lettering - with thicker downward strokes and thinner upward strokes. To start with the watermelons, I quickly drew some simple border lines using a pencil. This just helps me visualize where I want to start inking in. Using a red gelly roll pen, I then went over the lines to draw in my watermelon slices! 

    Archer and Olive Blackout Book Lettering

    Start filling in the slices using the red gelly roll pen all the way through - 

    Archer and Olive Blackout Book

    I then added in a white border to the top of the watermelon slices to make them pop - ending with green for the 'rinds' of the watermelon! To finish the piece, add in the seeds using black. I also added in some flourishes and little flowers!

    Archer and Olive Blackout Book Lettering

    Want a closer look at how I draw these watermelon slices? Below you'll find simple, easy to follow steps! 

    Blackout Book - How to Draw Watermelons

    If you've been looking for ways to use the Blackout Bullet Journal, I hope this has inspired you! This has been one of my favorite lettering pieces so far! You can see more of my work over on @whimsical.doodles on Instagram - and remember, If you recreate this, I'd love to see! Simply tag me or use the hashtag #whimsicaldoodlesfeatures 

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