Creating expressive pages without looking

Hello, Julia here again to share a new type of creative practice with you…


This past year, I have started to create in a new way (for me, at least). It’s something I have started to refer to as “unconscious” creating (which is a fancy way of saying “creating without looking / with my eyes closed). I tend to use it when I feel like I don’t know exactly what to, when I am really lacking inspiration or direction.

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I begin by choosing my medium and colours. Felt tips, inks, collage etc. I then move through creating with these elements but i do so without looking at my page. This is easiest done by closing my eyes. You can always tell what pages have been created in this way as they look more naive and also childlike. These are qualities I love as well as the freedom you get from this way of creating. I am yet to create a page in this way that I am not surprised by or delighted with.

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I recommend this technique 100%. I understand it can be scary – especially if you like to be in control or if you are not a fan of “messy” pages. I think you will always discover something though and you never know how you’ll feel about anything until you give it a try!  I’d love to see how you all interpret this tutorial so tag me in anything you create!


Julia is a British designer and creative enthusiast. She loves to express herself through shape, colour and pattern – living by the ethos of more is more!


  1. Emily@squiggleandswirl

    OK I’m doing this today! You have such great ideas, time to get out the crayolas I think ( certainly not trusting myself with inks haha).

    • julia Thomas

      Ha! Its a fun challenge, enjoy!

  2. Vanessa Oliver-lloyd

    simple and yet mind-blowing! Getting in touch with your senses, I love this idea!

    • julia Thomas

      Thanks!! Let me know if you try it! 🙂

  3. S Thoolen

    I will give it a try! Love the idea! And a great way to practice letting go of things! Thanks for the inspiration!