The Green spread is the last of the monochromatic pages that I have made so far. Making a monochromatic page is like doing a little colour investigation.

My Green Pen Collection - photo copyright Hanna Andersson

I picked up all the green pens from my pen box and it was obvious that green is a colour that I am drawn to, though of course I already knew that. Pink and green is one of my favorite combinations, and green itself is so rich and luscious to me.

Exploring the colour Green - art journaling by @ihanna
Here is the whole monochromatic green spread.

Monochromatic is great for beginners

In the comment section we’ve been discussing that monochromatic colour pages are great for beginners. If you are new to Art Journaling and don’t know what to put on your page why not start with a few pages of monochromatic. You could start with any colour and just experiment with it, why not ruby red (the colour that got me started)?

Mix red colours and use pens, crayons, watercolours and acrylics in red, look for matching papers, find words that makes you think of red or describe how you feel about the colour. I think you will be inspired to continue once you get your materials out.

Mixing green

To create a green colour you mix together yellow and blue. If you already have a bottle of dark forest green colour you can mix in white to make it lighter. Green with white will create a cold green, if you mix green with more yellow instead you get a light green that feels warm and spring like. Yellow green makes me think of leaves moving in the wind and meadows of grass under a bright sun.

Exploring green threads

I have a whole folder of yarn samples from a Swedish weaving company that I bought at a thrift store once. Each yarn brand is a row of similar coloured fringe in a nice row. I cut them out and incorporate them into my art journals in different ways. When I bought the folder I had no idea what I would do with the samples but I am a firm believer that you can use anything flat in your art journal, sooner or later you will find a way. A row of only green hues was perfect for the green page. I like to glue a row close to the edge so the yarns stick out of the book when it closes, like a soft book fringe that you can touch.

Exploring green
Little pieces of green papers glued together during my colour investigation.

As an artist I am continuously exploring colour. I think I will do it in one form or other for the rest of my life. It is a topic with no end. The range of colours are endless and we can probably not even see all the colours that exists.