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Ninja_Poo
« Reply #50 on: September 02, 2010 04:36:42 PM »

I, personally, would love to receive a journal with a couple of gesso'ed pages Smiley
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« Reply #51 on: September 02, 2010 06:18:14 PM »

So I have no official "art journal" to share, but I do have some examples of book making, random sketches, and some more crafty stuff  Smiley

My envelope book (I love this book so much as is and will probably never add anything to it)


I also used old greeting cards that add some pretty pictures and extra sturdiness to it  Smiley

Open edges:


and some random sketches/doodles from other notebooks:





my attempt at drawing a 'baby' peach on it's branch:


aaaand my more crafty stuff, I sent these pages in an art journal pages swap:



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« Reply #52 on: September 02, 2010 07:47:43 PM »

Ive been art journaling for over a year now and I love altered books with gesso-ed pages! Especially when just a bit of text peeks out here and there  Wink I can't stick with one type of journal- I've used handbound books, sketch books, altered books, paper bag journals, and three ring binders. Each has something special to offer
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« Reply #53 on: September 03, 2010 04:50:48 AM »

Thank you for saying positive things about all kinds of art journals... I tend to get nervous when I hear "sketch book/art journal" because I've barely mastered stick figures, but love doing other kinds of art. Thank you for making me feel welcomed into this swap!
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« Reply #54 on: September 03, 2010 09:17:51 AM »

I've been art-journaling in some for or another for years - only I didn't have a name for it until about a month ago. I'm sorry I used intimidating language selkie! Smiley It wasn't until I defined what I was trying to do that I started getting good at it...

kartiana - love the envelope book! I save every greeting card that I get but I never thought to save up the envelopes too. Very inspiring. Thank you.
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« Reply #55 on: September 03, 2010 11:08:42 AM »

Thank you for saying positive things about all kinds of art journals... I tend to get nervous when I hear "sketch book/art journal" because I've barely mastered stick figures, but love doing other kinds of art. Thank you for making me feel welcomed into this swap!


Don't worry, my "drawings" at best, are doodles- but that's my style! Your journal is about you and what you do, not what someone deems "worthy" of a certain book. Everyone has their own style of journaling- some people collage, others draw, some write a lot (like me), others are photos. Don't get bogged down with labels, what you are doing is art and worth while- so it is your art journal. Put whatever you want in it! Try googling Frida Kahlos art journal pages- a lot of it is just testing out paint colors or smooshing paint between pages!
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« Reply #56 on: September 03, 2010 02:07:38 PM »

An art journal is about your interpretations of the day/week/event ... whatever it may be.  I personally use poetry, quotes, and cut out pictures to get what I am feeling across. I rarely ... I mean very very rarely draw, paint or otherwise use my own "artistic" skill.

I stress interpretations as the goal, because it is amazing and beautiful what you can come up with to explain what is going on when you do not use words ... or you use words that are already written ... or just pick one or two words and use magazine pictures, buttons, stamps, stickers, paper, splashes of your favorite paint, your kids art work, ribbon, fabric, wrappers, widgets, gidgets and gadgets from around your house. I even have sewn a few pages.  You should never feel intimidated that one person can paint or draw ... if you didn't have your own skill set, you would not even be on craftster. And if what you enjoy doing is writing and want to doodle in the margins and put cute lil hearts over all your i and j's ... that is your interpretation. 

I have been known to use old books that I paste paper over or gesso, bind my own books, use a spiral notebook, or any number of things.  Use your imagination and you are guaranteed to be thrilled with what you come up with and in this case... your partner.  The best thing about art journals is ... you can use them as coffee table books, they are a great ice breaker and a lot of the time you know what they mean, but no one else ever really will.  It is like having a secret made public and it still remains a secret!
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« Reply #57 on: September 03, 2010 07:38:34 PM »

kartiana - I'd love to hear more about your envelope book. That's a great idea for the envelopes!
I fear I am a hoarder of paper, receipts, envelopes, cards, scraps of paper, it is awful. I'll have to try an envelope book. Smiley

I love everyone's encouragement in this swap. I am really excited to swap. Can't wait to share my stick figures with the world. Grin

Shadeweaver - loved your summary of an art journal, especially about sharing them. My journals to date have been all my deep dark thoughts so I can't imagine having them out for the public to review. I love the goal of creating something meaningful to me and yet obscure enough I would allow others to view it. Wonderful challenge!

Partners, partners, partners!!!! Sunday is too far away!
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« Reply #58 on: September 03, 2010 08:09:14 PM »

I suddenly noticed this swap and couldn't pass it by. I've just sent in my questionnaire.

Like a lot of people, I've just discovered art journalling recently, and I'm trying to use it as a way to loosen up my much-too-constrained creativity. It continues to be a struggle to keep from worrying about whether or not a page "works" and just do it. Journalling websites, online videos and books are a help with new techniques to try and ideas to copy/adapt, but what I need most is motivation. Preparing pages for someone else and getting half-done pages to start with seems like a great way to get kick-started.

I also enjoy book binding, and have been intending to make myself a decent journal for a while. Again, this takes care of that!

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Ninja_Poo
« Reply #59 on: September 03, 2010 09:28:30 PM »

Here are some pages (and the cover) from my art journal/ inspiration book which is mostly collaged:
Cover, which has large tacky gems, polymer clay candy and miscellaneous other Bright junk glued to it







Cover from my new sketchbook:



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