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« on: November 30, 2013 09:05:51 AM »

I am teaching a class on Art Journaling in January and since my art journal is just a sketchbook with half finished bits and pieces, I thought I should start gathering some examples. I am all for recycling, reusing, upcycling and gleaning. I don't like the look of purchased/printed embellishments, stamps etc., everything looks too commercial. So here we go:

I started with these tutorials, plus lots of googling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec04rVh0ndU and this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec04rVh0ndU. I like jenniebellie's style to a point. Too much embellishment for me.
The cover is a Dried Currant box and the inside pages are paper bags. Most started as protective sheets between me and my table top. I like to finish off any paint, test stamps, stick down any unused glued bits as I go. They make a great start for the the journal pages. Others I painted, stamped and glued bits to on purpose. The cover plate features a bit of one of my paper plate paint palettes.





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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2013 09:22:15 AM »

Wow. This is how I make my altered books, too. Yours looks really neat. I can't see all the pages, but can tell that some of them have colors. Google "Art Journal You Tube" and there is a variety of artists with many techniques that you might want to borrow and include in your class. I have often changed up their examples, but it gave me ideas for how to do things...kind of a where to start launch pad.  Grin Great for you for sharing. These are really fun to make once you jump in. And there is no wrong or right. It is ART. No doubt about it. Great job. And glad that you are teaching others to also enjoy this study.  Grin

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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2013 09:29:08 AM »

Oh, I've been YouTubing, Googling, Pinteresting, Etsying and my mind is about to explode. It's amazing how your world opens up when you let anything be a posibility!

Of course that means that now I can't throw anything away...it might be useful! I do mixed media pieces with collage, painted fabric/lace, incorporating many found objects. It's fun to do a smaller piece like this. My next one will be another technique....hmmm which one now?
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2013 12:28:36 AM »

Sounds like we might share the same brain. And now on here?Huh Even more crazyness going around in the brain.
I wish to become an art therapist. Which means art that is not "graded" by skill. Just a tool to express oneself.
To share and let off steam. An outlet of sorts. I continue to collect ideas and materials for this, as well. That is why I like my journal books. I don't often share them, they are personal diary sort of things. Close friends have seen some of the pages. They get a bit miffed when I don't let them flip through the whole book, though. The rest of it is just for me. Believe it or not, I do have a silent side.  Grin You would never know it here.

Anyhow, I hope you have lots of great ideas for your class. It looks like you will. I attend the School of Hard Knocks daily {what I call my cyber searches...and learning tools}. I find something new to work on everyday.

Keeps me out of trouble  Grin ~T
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2014 02:40:56 PM »

Check out the Journal craftalong! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430511.0#axzz2pNUXbN4P

I am excited.
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2014 09:37:24 AM »

It looks fab! I particularly like the details on the spine. If I were taking your class I would love to look through it, I am sure it will be very inspiring for them!

I'm not a fan of using too many pre-bought elements either, I much prefer to create my own. Although with some paper elements such as flowers it is amazing how you can customise them and make them your own with some ink or paint!
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2014 06:21:23 AM »

Beyond beautiful. I think that it is definitely art all by itself.
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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2014 04:21:29 AM »

Gorgeous journal, cmarion3! I am not a big fan of purchased elements either -- I like the challenge of making something clever on your own. (Plus, as an artist/crafter, I certainly have enough STUFF in my craft room to make my own embellishments.) I've been bringing stuff home from work -- they are doing a big clean out, and it's just amazing how much paper and folders you can reuse for art.

I am with you on jelliebellie -- I have learned tons from her, but she uses a lot of beads and pink. But she does great YouTube tutes!
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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2014 06:44:45 AM »

What a great idea to use paper bags as a protective cover for your table and then as pages! I use thin packing paper on my desk (like what you would pack plates in, for a move), and have used some of that scrap before in my art, but it always has to be glued to something sturdier. Maybe I need to move on to some craft paper.

Your journal looks great. I'll bet your class is lots of fun. Smiley
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