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« on: June 03, 2013 01:08:23 PM »

When I search around the internet I see a lot of creative ideas for Art Journal covers. My personal all time favorite has been to use the readily available and AFFORDABLE canvas boards. I tend to use the 4"x6", and 5"x7" sizes...I find that size of a journal easy to work in and they fit easily into a bag or backpack so I can always have them with me.

The canvas boards make the art journal STURDY -- which is a huge plus to me because I tend to give it a lot of abuse  Shocked And, of course they will readily accept a variety of mediums when it's time to design the cover. Punching holes in them is very easily done with an awl as well -- and I don't need to insert eyelets because of their sturdiness and ability to easily handle the waxed linen thread I stitch with.

So, my question to you is ....what do you use? Am I missing out on anything I should try? And what sizes do you tend to create your journals in?

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2013 04:52:46 PM »

i use canvas boards too. so im no help there but just waned to chime in
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2013 05:44:17 PM »

i use canvas boards too. so im no help there but just waned to chime in

jennythor - thanks, of course you are of help...it's worthwhile to know what people are using!  Grin
Do you design directly ON the canvas, or do you create something and then adhere it to the canvas to create your cover?

I LOVE the creative process and like to learn from others!
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2013 12:59:40 PM »

I use old book covers, art board and mat board. Love your journals and the stitching! I need to teach myself how to do that.

Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2013 03:39:58 PM »

I use old book covers, art board and mat board. Love your journals and the stitching! I need to teach myself how to do that.

Thanks for sharing.

Smmarrt, thanks!
I used those same materials when I first started learning to make the journals..then realized *I* needed something a bit more sturdy. Although I admit I've used recycled FedEx boxes for quick ones as well (for my personal use). The stitching is super easy -- I recommend using curved needles to make it even easier.
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2013 08:17:02 AM »

I usually use book board which then gets covered by a cloth or paper material.
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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2013 12:53:23 PM »

jolenemarie, your journals are always amazing...I use grey board and cover it with paper, usually...although I am not entirely happy with it, I might try the canvas boards and fabric, see if it works a little better
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2013 05:19:24 PM »

jolenemarie, your journals are always amazing...I use grey board and cover it with paper, usually...although I am not entirely happy with it, I might try the canvas boards and fabric, see if it works a little better

edelC ...WOW...I remember you!!!!
Give the canvas a try and let me know what you think. We are all comfortable with different things - it just works for me!
And, thanks for the compliment - you've always been so supportive!
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