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« Reply #170 on: January 20, 2014 06:31:20 PM »

Love the journals, cmarion.  Smiley    My first coptic book was tighter than it should be.  I added some ribbon ties to the covers to tie it shut and it kept it closed.   Smiley

Good idea, ribbons to tie closed. I will work on something that fits with the journal to do that. Thank you.
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« Reply #171 on: January 20, 2014 08:24:34 PM »

I see you with a camera Miss Polly  Grin Perhaps a short walk with it to capture something of inspiration? I was once inspired by a coffee ring on a napkin! It just looked neat, so I came home and duplicated it on paper.


Another ATC...sorry, I know this is supposed to be journals, but mine are too personal to share right now.

Here is a page that my 4 year old son helped make for me {he is 9 now, but loves to help make an artsy mess, still}:

This one sure was messy...but fun  Grin

~T

Oh, those other brown blotches are leaves that we collected on one of our nature walks. That was the inspiration for this piece...that and a toy catalog/flyer that he just loved to look through. You just never know when that spark will hit. This was his first time painting with me, and he loved it!
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« Reply #172 on: January 20, 2014 09:10:20 PM »

Nice still at the top!  Kids are so fun when they are painting and creating.  Even as they get older.  Good stuff everyone!  And Kookaloo no worries, you don't have to share until its something you feel comfortable with!  Lovely Miss, I was having trouble trying to make stuff with meaning too, trying to "journal".  The only real journaling on any of those pages is the stuff going counter clockwise around the lady looking like she is tearing out of the page... otherwise, I gave up trying to find a meaning for everything and just started to play.  It was hard at first, and I don't always know what will show up on a page, but its getting easier.  The bird and nest I kinda had an inkling of what I wanted but it turned out different that my vision... I am just trying things out, I really want to be good enough to make some money making canvases and MDF and board hangings to sell.  So my journaling is really with that goal in mind, to eek out some ideas eventually to reproduce for filling the sparse coffers at the bank one day! haha.
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« Reply #173 on: January 20, 2014 10:48:28 PM »

My journal lettering is always hard for me, too. I figure if I stick it to paper, then I can't forget it. And lots of my thoughts I wish to forget. That is why I keep several books. Some just for fun, and others to bleed into. I don't like joining the two. I prefer the happy times. Like my little guy with his tongue sticking out. So focused on his task! My Dad used to do that when we worked on projects. Too cute. Sweet memories. But sometimes it is good to share the bad with yourself. And just get it out of your system. So I also keep what I call "My Ugly Book".

I love rain. I know most people don't, but I find it very soothing. Like a fountain falling to earth from our Gods above. Whichever ones you believe in, if any. Mother nature's way to give back to the earth what it drew up.
I think I will focus on that idea for my next page.

Here is a crazy one I did that you might like.



~T

It is 3-D...and a pocket behind the 100 dollar bill holds small cards with quotes from Mr. Franklin...those are with the little ribbon tags you see sticking out.
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« Reply #174 on: January 21, 2014 06:26:48 AM »

Love your nest page, faemystique! Can't wait to see it finished.

Awesome journals cmarion3! I especially love the cover with the lettering. My first coptic stitch was definitely too loose, haha. I ended up gluing a leather cover over it, it kind of helped.

stillatthetop - love the dollar pocket! Very cool.

Don't worry, Ludi. I'm with you. My next page is only in the planning phase.
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« Reply #175 on: January 21, 2014 07:24:21 AM »

Thanks everyone for sharing and thanks for the good vibes and for the great ideas!

I find that journaling with art is a much longer process. Waiting for glue or paint to dry. Layering takes time. Drying time is sometimes overnight or more than a day. And you really never know what you have until it is dry. So patience is a virtue here...and I often rush things and have pages stick together and make interesting globs. I don't use Mod Podge for that reason...in the summer humidity it never gives up it's stickiness and in the winter it still takes a long time to dry. So I've been using a 3-1 Elmer's glue mix and for heavier things or a stickier bond, Tacky glue.

I'm finding that books are good for pens, pencils and pastels but not for wet things because I can only work on one spread at a time. I think I will start loose pages for more enthusiastic works that can be bound later when I have enough pages. Probably to a 1/2 sheet size. I'll have to explore some edge bindings for these pages....maybe a fan binding. Hmmm. Better just paint/collage/draw/doodle and then figure it out.

Anyone else find that a great procrastination item is finding or making the perfect book? Then being to scared to mess it up? Start one or more "practice" journals. Then mine the practice for re-purposed items, ideas and techniques. What do you think?
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« Reply #176 on: January 21, 2014 08:29:57 AM »

I'm making loose pages to start with.  I have purchased books in the past and have not wanted to "mess them up."    Tongue  I should probably try to be more haphazard and messy to overcome my perfectionist tendencies....
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« Reply #177 on: January 21, 2014 08:47:26 AM »

I'm making loose pages to start with.  I have purchased books in the past and have not wanted to "mess them up."    Tongue  I should probably try to be more haphazard and messy to overcome my perfectionist tendencies....

Accidently spill some coffee on it or drop it in a puddle...voila! Not perfect anymore!  Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #178 on: January 21, 2014 08:52:06 AM »

Oliver Jeffers, a British illustrator and children's book author/illustrator, did a whole series on coffee rings. I've been wanting to try it too.

http://www.oliverjeffers.com/projects/a-world-with-coffee
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« Reply #179 on: January 21, 2014 09:24:29 AM »

Brian Froud did cool stuff with coffee stains, too.

I apologize for the URL title, but the pic is worth it.

Now I totally want to incorporate coffee stains in a page.
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