Thursday, September 14, 2017

Junk Journals Finally!

This journal is an altered book.  I sewed orange bric-a-brac to the edges and added
a few of my original artworks as pages to journal on.
I used all kinds of misc. papers to add
to the restructured books!
I am so excited to let everyone know that I finally got 8 junk journals made for my etsy shop!  It only took me forever!  I used to make these little books in my old etsy shop as well as sell them at craft shows as the Green Wardrobe.  After not making them for so long I decided to dive in and make a few again and I totally forgot how much fun it is to make them.  You can get so creative in the process and there are so many techniques!  Some books are altered and added to and others are completely restructured.

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I couldn't decide which technique I liked better altering a vintage book or completely reconstructing a vintage book.  I should note that I prefer to use the word "vintage" and not "old" when referring to the books I use.  It just sounds better, they are not necessary vintage but not brand new.  I actually don't particularly like vintage books because
most of the time they stink and the pages are too brittle!

I love using used, yes I said USED, McDonald's French fry bags for pockets throughout!
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 I love using magazine pages, book pages, as well as my heart punch in these books...some books have added collage bits and pieces to help inspire you!

I have used pattern paper here and there and either used or new library check out cards in some!
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On a couple of the journals I added an accordion file folder for you to collect some paper goodies in while out and about with your junk journal.  I've included a few pages in the back or front I have painted on to help get you started for collaging, drawing or writing on!
Travel with this junk journal altered book and have plenty of room to write down your adventures and glue down your pictures!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

art journals...

I don't have a lot of time to work in my art journals with a full spread of materials in front of me.  So when I do have a little bit of time and a few bits and pieces of paper and glue I try to just glue it down and then come back later with paint.  You may have seen a couple of these already but theres a few new ones I have included for you to see how I work.
This one is finished.  A collage of scrap papers and white paint and black pen.

 I began this page with book pages glued into the Moleskin sketchbook and then added a few photos and a soap package from our butterfly adventure.

On these two layouts I was playing around with a stamp.  I stamped some graph paper and added it to the moleskin sketchbook and then added my photo on top of that.  I liked the simplicity of the layout.

These last few are waiting for some paint or photos or maybe nothing...