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Take Your Blackout Bullet Journal To The Next Level With Watercolour And Acrylographs!

by Hayley Remde 23 Sep 2020 0 Comments

Hey again! It’s Hayley here (@hayleyremdeart on Instagram), and today I want to show you a way to really make your blackout pages pop!

I've always loved painting on the watercolour notebook paper and then sticking it in my regular journal. The paper is so beautiful to paint on, and it allows me to use all the water I want with no warping. Recently, I moved to a Blackout Notebook, and I've been getting so much amazing feedback on how vibrant and unique watercolour looks against the black pages. So keep reading to find out how I created this Northern Lights theme, and get some inspiration on different layouts possible when sticking the watercolour paper in your journal!

August cover

Recommended Supplies:

  • Blackout Notebook – The same amazing quality dot grid journals, but with black paper! The dots are just the right size and colour to see easily, but blend in when you’ve finished a spread.
  • Watercolor Notebook - The paper in the Archer and Olive Watercolour Notepad is absolutely amazing. I regularly use this paper to stick into my regular journal, but you can also use it as you main bujo too!
  • Acrylographs - The new pens from Archer and Olive with acrylic ink. Perfect for an opaque finish on the black paper.
  • Watercolours - My favourite watercolours are Daniel Smith as they are extremely pigmented.



Step-By-Step Tutorial

Here's a quick timelapse of how I made all these spreads:


Overall, what I did was...

Step 1: Pencil in dimensions on watercolour paper

Step 2: Paint the desired design

Step 3: Trim down watercolour painting

Step 4: Stick the painting into your journal

Step 5: Finish the spread with your Acrylographs!


So if you're ready to get going, here are some layouts possible with the watercolour notebook paper:


Layout Inspiration

The only downside of sticking in watercolour paintings, is that you're slightly limited in page layouts due to the size of the paper. After doing quite a few monthly set-ups in this way, I have figured out quite a few different layouts that really work!

Fun But Functional Weeklies

Of course, one of the most staple layouts in a bullet journal is your weeklies:

Weekly 2

I love how this layout has ample space for each day, a to-do list AND space for a watercolour painting. 

Weekly 1


Full Page Designs

Some layouts are really useful but don't take up much space. For these ones you can actually almost fill a full page with a watercolour design:


There will be a small space as the watercolour paper is a bit smaller than the journals once you cut off the ring holes, so I like to incorporate that space into the spread:



Box Layout

This is my staple spread for my future log, but it could also be an amazing layout for dailies! 

Future log


Full Header

This layout has so many uses:

Waiting on

For many spreads you just need a nice header, and this is my favourite spread for this!

Business spread


Corner Header

Following on from the full header, you could also do a corner header!

Goals spread


Full Border

And finally, if you really want to do something fun, have a go at this full spread border:

Habits spreads


Hopefully I’ve given you some inspiration for using the watercolour notebook in your blackout notebook! If my blog has helped, I would love to see, so tag me on Instagram (@hayleyremdeart) and use #hayleyremdeinspired to get the chance to get your creations featured in my stories!

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