I am not sure which was the first art journal I saw, but I knew as soon as I saw it, I wanted to make one.
But I was really intimidate! I had no idea where to start. I am a weird person. Give me a pattern (or instructions), I will look at it, then completely ignore it to make my own thing.
And basically (my perception anyway) an art journal is just putting a bunch of things you like together in a book type setting. It can basically be anything you want it to be.
But I still couldn't figure out how to start.
Then I stumbled across one of Phizzychick's journals. I believe it was the travel one that got me going.
Alright, enough talky talk, here are the pics.
better view of the cover, inchies (thanks ChristieAnn and tynwia!), map bits, fabric bits, and a button.
Some of my daughters art
My daughter sleeping (and holding her pig tails).
Homemade paper and a note from a swap partner.
Inchies received in a swap (thank you ChristieAnn!) I have a lot of inchies throughout the entire journal, so chances are, if you sent me inchies, you are in there somewhere, so Thanks!
The pen pocket turned out to be a happy accident. I punched the holes on the wrong side and needed to cover them. As I was sewing the material on, I realized I could leave the top open and use it to store my pen.
I love happy accidents!
My journal was created from about 90% recycled materials (I know, the back cover offers false advertising).
-The green and purple pages are just newspapers that I glued together (2 pages) and painted with acrylic paint. The cheap stuff
I started out using a paint brush but it was taking to long and not going on thick enough so I switched to finger painting. Man I forgot how much fun it is to paint with my hands
- The cover is corrugated cardboard. I found the idea here Shopevalicious http://www.shopevalicious.com/2008/11/christmas-journal-tip-1.html
-The rest just came from all the papers, envelopes, pictures, scraps, etc that I have a tendency to hoard (which wouldn't be a problem if I could figure out an organization/storage system for it all!).
Now that I am done adding papers and such to it, I am excited to go through it and do some "art." I really am not very artistic when it comes to drawing and painting, but I figure the only way I will get better is if I try/practice:)
Aside from all the awesomeness I have found through craftsters, here is another site (a blog) where I found alot of inspiration.
The Creative Place http://thecreativeplace.blogspot.com/2010/06/tuesday-tutorial-paper-weave-journal.html
Please let me know what you think and thank you to everyone who unknowingly inspired me to actually give this a try!