Halloween Journal with Bright and Fluorescent Markers


As Halloween approaches, we look at using some of the bright and fluorescent Spectrum Noir markers to color a cute seasonal image. I would like to share a fun project with you, creating a topper to decorate a journal.

This image is a digi-stamp – Mini Gothilia from Make it Crafty, printed onto Neenah Classic Crest card (in the US, you could also use our Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth cardstock).

A draft and grayscale setting was used on the printer and the image was left to dry overnight. For this image the light is hitting the center of the figure.

The darker parts of the hair have been colored in layers to create waves. Spectrum Noir GG1, GG2, GG3, GG4 have been used.  Spectrum Noir marker IG4 is used to create the lighter hair streaks in the traditional ‘Bride of Frankenstien’ hair style.


Create the depth and detail on the ‘clothes’ by using Spectrum Noir markers GG2, GG3 and GG4.

Next we color the fun bits, staring with FL3 to add bright glowing color to her skin.

I have left the central panel of her face uncolored to reflect light hitting the object. Color the pupils of the eyes.

Starting from the outside of the face, create areas of shadow with Spectrum Noir marker LG5.

Color areas of skin and pupil which would be in the most shade.

Moving towards the center of face add a layer of Spectrum Noir LG4, blending into the LG5.

Repeat on all areas of skin. Blend in color in pupils of the eyes.

Next use the LG3 and LG2, blending into the LG4 and working toward the central panel of the skin. You will find that your Spectrum Noir LG markers may not blend easily into your FL3.

The blender pen is used to blend all shades together. Use the blender pen over all areas of skin and pupil of the eye.  This will create a smoth color gradient, including the Spectrum Noir FL3.

Next we create a fun base for the image using the fluorescent colors FL1 and FL2.

I have worked round the bottom outline of her clothes to create this base and to highlight the image.


To create the background Spectrum Noir OR1, OR2 were used.  I have had fun with a stencil and my Craftwell ebrush for this background, but you can create any variation, with materials you have to hand.

This would be great with a dots background or using the Bokeh Technique, creating circles of different bright colors. White Gel pen was used to add highlights to strands of hair and eye.


I have added ribbon to the spine of the journal.  I used a light cream ribbon and colored this with my Spectrum Noir markers LG5 and OR3, to match the colors of  the image.

The image was decorated with sequins, small letters and mounted onto orange Core’dinations card.  The front of the journal was created using green Core’dinations card which was embossed with a Crafter’s Companion Wood Grain Textures Folder.  This was distressed, lightly coated with Pebeo Gilding Wax – Renaissance Gold and Stampendous Frantage.

Materials used to make this project:

Image Mini Gothilia – Make it Crafty
Spectrum Noir markers used: GG1, GG2, GG3, GG4. IG4, LG5, LG4, LG3, LG2, OR2, OR3, FL1, FL2, FL3, Blender pen
White Gel Pen
Craftwell ebosser
Core’dinations Card
Crafter’s Companion Wood Grain Textures Folder
Pebeo Gilding Wax – Renaissance Gold
Stampendous Frantage
Tim Holtz Letter Squares
Ribbon and Sequins
Halloween Charms

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Tutorial credit: laine Webb

2 thoughts on “Halloween Journal with Bright and Fluorescent Markers

  1. Hi there! This journal is super cute. I was wondering how I can purchase the fluorescent markers? I’ve searched for them but cannot seem to find them.


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