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1  Wonderful World Of Color in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jolenemarie on: July 10, 2013 04:46:01 PM
This is a new category for me!
Some of you may know me from my art journaling and Coptic stitched journals that I post.

I decided I wanted to start painting -- needed something different and outside of my comfort zone.

Here is my first acrylic painting on canvas. It measures 10" x 20"

I've titled it: HELLO!

I would love any feedback you'd like to toss my way  Cheesy

Thanks for looking!

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2  Journaling My Past in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: June 09, 2013 04:35:44 PM
I seem to NEVER run out of things to journal about --- if only I had the time!
I love creating images that remind me of the good times growing up...for me that was a LONG time ago!  Shocked
I am a part of the hippie-trippy-sixties generation (I've been on the planet 63 years now!).

One of my favorite two-page journal spreads is the one I call "Talkin' 'Bout My Generation". Using two rubber stamps that I hand-carved to make a powerful statement -- Bob Dylan, and Give Up War For Lent I did my best to capture the energy of the times. Vibrant colors splashed on spontaneously helped create the tone.

I would love to see what you do that expresses a special time in your life -- how does your art journaling tell a story?

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3  Why I LOVE exposed spine Coptic stitch journals in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: June 03, 2013 09:39:06 PM
No words needed  Grin

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4  What Do You Use for your Art Journal Covers? in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie 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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5  Stamped Images on Journal Covers in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: June 02, 2013 11:31:02 AM
Where do YOUR ideas come from for your Art Journal covers?

A few years ago I had carved this image of John Lennon not really knowing what I was going to do with it. I was new to rubber stamp carving and needed a challenge I could really enjoy. Having been a fan of the Beatles since 1963 I decided John would be my first carving challenge Smiley That was about 5+ years ago! A few weeks ago I decided it would make a cool art journal cover!

Because I had used the iconic image of John with his NYC t-shirt on I decided to make it appear that John was still looking over the city. After laying down some decorative paper as a background, and a touch of paint to tone it down, I drew in what looks like a bit of a cityscape -- and stamped the image of John above it. Of course I had to embellish with other stamps, etc. Smiley

I also carved an image of Paul...I am sure it will eventually become a journal cover as well.  Grin

How do you decide what will be on your journal cover?

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6  The Process of Preparing Signatures for Coptic Stitch Journal's (heavy pics) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: June 01, 2013 10:35:39 PM
While I have a few moments of spare time here on a Saturday night I want to post a few photos of preparing the signatures for making Coptic stitched journal's.

I love sharing this and I am more than happy to TRY to answer any questions you may have if you are new to making these....

Some people call this WORK....I call it MY PASSION....it is so important to me to ENJOY every step when creating something handcrafted.

You will notice a 'book cradle' in one of the pics....I bought this several years ago on etsy.com - but don't feel like you 'need' one.....I started out using an open phone book and it worked as well!

I am going through a lot of old files on my computer and anything I think may be helpful I will post when I am able.

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7  What Do You Journal About? in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: June 01, 2013 04:06:49 PM
Do you ever wonder sometimes "what have I got to journal about?"
When I first started keeping an art journal (about 7 years ago) I thought about that a lot....then realized the answer...."EVERYTHING!"  Grin

I never wait for something 'special' to journal about -- most often I just journal the ORDINARY!

The example below --- we were **thinking** about rearranging the furniture in our home ....THAT was certainly not anything special...but it ended up making a FUN journal page...and I want to have FUN in my journal!

Does the blank page intimidate you? Do you not know HOW to begin?
My advice is -- look around you --- there is so much inspiration all around us...and it doesn't have to be anything mind-boggling, or a special event in your life...make it FUN and MAKE ART...that will turn the ORDINARY into EXTRAORDINARY!  Cheesy

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8  Exposed Spine Coptic Stitch for Art Journal's in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: June 01, 2013 01:05:58 PM
Happy Saturday Kindred Spirits  Grin

Here's a question for those who make their own Coptic stitched exposed spine journals ....
What do YOU do to keep the spine interesting and appealing?

I use decorative papers to separate my signatures.
I simply cut a piece of decorative (scrap-booking) paper the same length as the signature paper and make it about 2 inches wide. Then I punch the holes, wrap it around the entire signature, and sew it in all together. I LOVE the added element it gives to the spine - and an interesting addition when flipping through the pages as well.

I would LOVE to hear other ideas on how you do it!

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9  Owl Be Back in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: May 31, 2013 07:28:36 PM
I'm back to making my Coptic stitched ART JOURNALS again - I've been inspired by the red/aqua color combo!
I love the way the colors POP - it's such a cheerful color combination.
I've used it here on my OWL journal.
What color combinations do you like creating with?

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10  Create Interest with Colorful Spines on Coptic Stitch Journals in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: June 05, 2011 03:14:57 PM
Dear Journal-holics...

When you are creating a journal using a Coptic Stitch Exposed Spine binding method don't forget it's your chance to create interest on the spine. Who wants boring and bland spines if you are making a blank white journal to work in....right?

Here is the the quick and easy way I do it:

I cut colorful decorative papers the same length of my signatures and make them anywhere from 2 inches to 2.5 inches wide. I fold them in half and then put them 'around' my signature before sewing in. This creates not only a interesting spine, but it also separates the signatures within the journal in a fun way! Easy peasy!!

Take a look at the photos to see what I mean. It's also a great way to use those scraps of decorative paper that seem to accumulate!

Any questions? Don't hesitate to ask me!

peace & love,
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