Rain Diary: Art Journal

1 rain dairyToday Kara is going to share a beautiful art journal that captures one of the beautiful things about her hometown. Enjoy… 

2 rain diary 1I live in a rainy, rainy city (Portland, Oregon) and I wanted a way to record all these lovely (and not so lovely) rainy days. So, I created a Rain Diary. The idea is simple…. Find a piece of scrap paper, run out into the rain, and capture a few droplets. Journal a few thoughts, date it, and you are now on your way toward having a Rain Diary! Here is a tutorial on how I created the book that holds my rain collection.

3 rain diary stepsNow let's put the book together! 1. I decided to use an Instax Wide picture on my cover, so I hand-cut a few rain drops from Hambly Screenprints paper and taped them to my wall before snapping a picture. The photo was a little more boring than I wanted, so I decided to draw the edges on with a pen and scribble over the white parts with a Prismacolor marker. 2. I began by collecting rain on pieces of paper. I used a random, extra notebook I had on hand. 3. I then I ripped about 10 pages out of an extra-large Moleskine cahier journal and folded them in half. 4. I then fed the papers through my sewing machine and sewed along the folded seam to create a binding. Sew back and forth on the beginning and edge like you would on fabric to "tie a knot".5. Collect the materials you would like to use in your book. I recommend choosing several different elements, but repeating them throughout your book to create a consistency. I used record covers and a floral ribbon through my book and I think it helps it feel much more unified. 6. Since the book is already wrinkly because of the rain and the type of paper I chose to use, I like to add even more texture to the mini-book! I used masking tape folded over the edges and trimmed them later. 

Here are the pages I've created so far…
4 rain diary pages 15 rain diary pages 26 rain dairy edgeThanks so much, Kara! I'm so inspired by this. What topic would you choose for an art journal about your hometown? xo. elsie


  • This is so creative, I have added this to my list I want to do this year!


  • I live in Cape Town, South Africa. My city is known for it’s sunny summers, surfer beaches and chilled out people. A journal capturing that would be great 🙂

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  • Monsoon season approaches us here in korea, so this is a perfect project to help us through the wet, drizzly weather to come. The topic I would use for my hometown? I think for Korea the theme would maybe be kimchi…all things pickled or the bright colors of the temples…there are so many it’d be hard to choose!

  • I love this! I now want to make one for San Diego. I’m going to try one for the beach, off the cliffs in Ocean Beach. Every summer my friends tell me it looks different than before. I’m going to now try to capture that over the year! Thanks for the great idea!!

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  • What a cute idea to cope with and document the changeable spring weather in the Pacific Northwest! And a great way to incorporate art and creativity into every day.

  • Love this! would suit our home so well; we’re officially in a drought yet we’ve had the heaviest rainfall for weeks on end! I do think I would have to use the different coloured beautiful blossoms that we have seen recently for inspiration though! x

  • This is such a cute idea, it even makes the idea of rain less depressing!

  • This is such a unique concept. I absolutely love it! It would be great for spring because it’s so rainy.


  • I do this to help me remember ideas for my etsy shop!


  • Amazing……I am going to do this today.
    i love rain 🙂

  • I LOVE this idea– It has inspired me to do a snow one like this next winter– Brilliant! My four year old said to me the other day “The last time someone gave me a shot, Rain came out of my eyes, but i didn’t cry” I loved it — would be a great quote for a rain journal.

  • Great idea! Could definitely use this in the UK at the moment- it’s been non stop rain for days!

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  • OMG, I just love the rain and it atmosphere. I’m a book worm and I thing it goes with it! That is why this is the best journal idea EVER!!!!!!!!!
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  • Oooooh, love this idea – so cute!

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  • I would do a rain one as well, we get SO MUCH rain here! This makes it so beautiful!


  • This is such a neat idea! I am one that is obsessed with rainy days so this makes me totally giddy 🙂



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  • greek islands and wind always went together..i live in one..
    .it would be very challenging to capture wind…but i would try to creat a wheather journal in winter..soooo nice!!!!!

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  • I have judt now wrote a post on my blog about rain because I had the most wonderful rainy walk! Rain is just so inspiring, beautiful and poetic!

  • Aww, I love this. Adorable!



  • i love it! so creative!


  • Oh ultimate cuteness.
    And it’s raining in Toronto today – so good timing peeps. 🙂


  • I love this soooooo much! Our town is filled with cows, I actually live on a farm and I love it :). Maybe I should make a diary about cows? Now all I need is the fuji instax mini I’ve been wanting for a while :).

  • Hah, this post made me laugh! Such a cute idea to capture something special about your city… wish you had shared this cute idea 10 months ago when I moved to the rainy rainy city of Vancouver 😉

  • I live in just about the rainiest city in the UK, and funnily enough, I was doing a page in my art journal just the other day inspired by the rain =) I do love a pretty rainy day in the right mood.

  • I love this! I like journals in general, so this is totally my kind of fun 🙂

  • I love it!!! We’ve had nearly a month of rain in the south west of England so I could do with one of these to cheer my days up, thanks for the idea!


  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like this! such an unique idea 🙂

  • Oh, how nice!!! A clever idea so that rain won’t make you feel depressed!!!
    I love it!!!

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