10 June 2020

Positively Pensive for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog

Hi everyone and welcome. It's time for another challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. Suzz is your host for this one and she has called it 'Positively Pensive'. "Today is Ballpoint Pen day! The challenge is to thoughtfully use a ballpoint pen on your project. You can doodle, journal, sketch or trace an outline using any color ballpoint pen on your art. Create a vintage or shabby chic project with some form of ink from a ballpoint pen and if it isn't obvious how it was used make sure to tell us in your post!"

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and three additional outstanding entries will receive Top 3 Badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

It's been a long while since I made a junk journal so it was a lot of fun to create this one featuring a whole heap of Wendy Vecchi's beautiful flower designs which I coloured (for the purposes of this challenge) with ballpoint pens.

Suzz' challenge theme initially had me somewhat stumped as to how best to use ballpoint pens on a project so I took a look on YouTube and found a fantastic video tutorial by Alphonso Dunn. It showed how you can use them to shade and colour images. With three pastel colour ballpoint pens selected I used them to shade and colour flowers from a number of Wendy Vecchi's stamp sets - it helped to stamp the images with coordinating Archival Ink colours too.

You can see in the close up photos above and below how some of the finished flowers were used to decorate various pages in the journal. I also used the pens to add decoration to the pages in the form of lines and using stencils. The journal cover was created using Eileen Hull's Pocket Notebook Die and as well as tea stained pages and old scrapbook paper, I created a mix of gel plate prints in the same pastel colours on a mix of surfaces.

I'll be sharing a more detailed tutorial on how to put the journal together and a flip through of the pages this coming Saturday over on The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog so I hope you can join me over there for it.

That's my take on the theme 'Positively Pensive'. My massively talented team mates have also come up with their own projects featuring elements altered/created with ballpoint pens for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes that's up for grabs.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

Products used to create this Junk Journal are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stampers Anonymous Stamp Set - Friends & Art
Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Stampers Anonymous Stamp Set - Funky Flower Art


  1. Beautiful! I love that you colored with them and that you had different colored pens! I eagerly look forward to your tutorial on Saturday! The flowers are so vibrant and have me thinking I need to find some colored ballpoint pens to try this out!

  2. Wow,Jenny! You always amaze me with your creativity and thought to our challenges and this one blew me away. I love how you've colored the flowers with your pens so brilliantly. The contrast of the bold flowers against the muted backgrounds really draws you in. What an wonderful junk journal, and I'm certainly looking forward to the details this Saturday! Sending hugs your way!

  3. What a fantastic outcome using the ballpoint pens Jenny x I adore the beautiful colouring on WV's florals and genius to use the pens to deorate the pages too x
    A wonderful make for Suzz's challenge theme xx

    Sending my best wishes
    Annie xx


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