soooooo.... what have I been up to lately?
Mostly art journals, art journals, art journals...
Here is a mini art journal I made over the weekend (acutally I made 3 - 2 were gifts for friends and 1 for me)
The cover is made with fabric, ribbons, braid etc sewn onto a firm cardboard.
The pages are all different kinds of paper ie: scrapbook paper, sugar paper, pages from old dictionaries, pages from an old atlas etc etc.... The book is hand-bound (sewn at the spine with strong thread) and the "fluffies" on the spine are tied onto the binding stitches.
but that's not the end . . . all the pages still have to be decorated and journalled on!
Here are some pages that I have made a start on:
This is another art journal that I made recently from scratch. I used white cardboard for the pages - but folded some pages in , cut some pages shorter than others etc. This one is also hand-bound the same as the others.The cover is covered with fabric which is then painted and stencilled onto with acrylic paint. It is decorated with a stamped butterfly, lace, vintage flowers and handmade beaded flowers. I added stickers and definitions that I cut out of an old dictionary. It contains scraps of fabric on all the pages at the spine to reinforce it so that the pages wont tear out.
Some of the inside pages that I have been working on:
And then. . .
I have also been playing around with some DOODLING - I love doodling (didnt know that it is an actual art-form until just recently - how interesting!) I hand painted the backgrounds using fluid acrylic paints and a "credit card" technique - doodling done with a black Sharpie pen:
"Anything you're good at contributes to happiness."