Evidence Pages

An evidence page is a page in your Art Journal or notebook where you break out new stuff! An Evidence Page is a way to document new art materials. Try it out, make a kind of sampler page to get started using that new material you just bought or got as a gift… This is a Evidence Page that I did in my current diary:

Evidence page in my Diary
E is for Evidence.

I’m using my new washi tape for the first time. I did this kind of documentation when I bought deko tape too.

Using your new materials in your notebook or diary is a way to keep some of it for yourself, as “evidence” that you once had them. When that particular roll of tape or other material is all “used up and gone” one day you can look back at the page and remember it. I think it makes new material feel more “your own”. It simply becomes part of your stash, your stuff, your repertoire!

You can try them out and see how they work on a page. Testing. Enjoying. Saving.

Evidence page in my Diary
Trying out all the tapes in my Moleskine diary and writing about them.

Washi tape is new to me. So what I mostly wanted to know on this spread was if you can write on the washi tape, and how transparent it would be if used on top of something else…

Washi tape detail in my diary
With my regular writing pen the washi tape is a bit too plastic to write on, but with a marker it will be easier. The transparency of the tape is nice, as you can see, and it is just what I was expecting. I think I will enjoy playing further with these tapes in all my books.

Here is another Evidence spread in my diary:

Evidence page in my Diary

In this evidence page I’ve written about the cool stuff that Paula sent me and I have used all of the fun deko tapes that Malin sent.

K is for kindness
K is for kindness.

Tape detail in my diary

I even recycled some of the packing tape on this page.

Tape from Malin my diary
Pink, pink, blue, red, oh you are so pretty my dear tapes. Let’s play some more, shall we?!

Make your own evidence page. Journal about where, what and why too (and maybe even how much), it’s easy to forget. What will you put on it?

10 Responses

  1. Hanna, I think I finally get it!! Thanks to you, I’m beginning to see why I want to journal. Your pages are so lush and inspiring, and that alone makes me want to start. But the end of this post says it all: because it’s easy to forget.

  2. Great idea! I bought some deco tapes and stamps via internet from Corea last month and they are certainly worth recording. I spend doing it this afternoon, right after I read your post :-)

  3. Love this idea! I tend to forget about new things if I don’t use them right away and this is a great way to keep track of my stuff and to see how long I’ve had it.

  4. You know, Hanna, I never make an evidence page. This is a great idea. Mostly because, I am so slow finishing projects sometimes that I don’t get to use the new things I have until much later, and I would love to use them right away, NOT for a project, but to practice or try out! I will do this next time, make an evidence page and then I can refer to it to remind me of those new bits I want to pull out of their container and try soon.

  5. Fantastic idea. I love the idea of keeping a bit of the new supplies right away. Might help me be more willing to use new items instead of just looking at them, and saving for a suitable project. Your evidence pages look so fun too.

  6. where do you get this washi tape?!? i do love how you are always coming up with new ways to express yourself – it’s very inspiring.

  7. What a fantastic idea! I really wish I had been doing this all along, and you can bet I’ll be doing one from here on in! It gave me quite the smile when I saw my name and the goodies I sent. THanks for the continued inspiraton!

  8. Evidence pages are great, thanks for commenting!

    Laurie, if you read my last post about washi tape you can find out more about it and where I bought mine! :-)

    Paula, yay, the postcard you sent is up on my wall and I smile too every time I see it! thanks!

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