Happy Saturday blog land! I failed to show you the journal yesterday, as promised on the last post. Never ever know where the time goes, but it seems it runs away from me constantly. Harumph!
The top photo is a little bit of journaling fun I had this morning, before I started getting serious about photographing the journal, editing the pictures, and preparing to write this blog post. I do love playing in my art journals. Can't imagine that that will ever change for me. And no, I don't journal every day, I'd like to though, and this summer I've made an effort to journal regularly, keeping it as one of my main artistic means of expression.
While teaching last weekend, I was demo-ing the method we were using to create the paper to cover our journals with. Here is my demo in process:
We were not focusing on result or a plan, just on different aspects of design/color etc. So, when it came time to use my paper to cover my journal, I decided that I really wanted to have the big bird element on the cover and not the back of the book. Not a problem, I just cut it in half and started sewing other pieces of paper to it until it was sufficient size. Like this:
Just a giant patchwork of paper...and a Trader Joe's chips bag (the blue strip and lettering at the bottom) and some washi tape too.
I love the addition of this apple from a Rifle Paper calendar and suggest you might want to go snap some of them up, as they are on sale half price. I love Rifle Paper products, they make such awesome journal fodder, (besides being beautiful in their original intended purposes). Here's a close up:
and more of the sewn spots:
The potato chip bag had no problem conforming to it's new task:
Here it is finished, covering the book:
The front cover:
Inside the front cover:
The back cover:
Inside the back cover:
The journal is large, 11x 14 and full of hand bound watercolor paper, and is:
Oh how I love a brand new journal and the fresh start it brings.
Next post I'll share some of the inside pages.
I'm working on developing my art journaling ecourse, so everyone that wants to learn more about how I art journal will have access to the info, no matter where you live. Thanks so much for all the interest and requests for info, it spurs me on to get the task done!