Custom Art Journal

May 7, 2012

While at Ranger U, Dyan Reave­ley taught us some super fun tech­niques using her dys­lu­sions ink spray and stamps. After we fin­ished cre­at­ing our tech­nique tags she showed us her jour­nals (which are AMAZING) and talked about doing what feels right for us and to make it our own. Well, art jour­nal­ing scares me to death! Not sure why but my good­ness it sends shiv­ers down my spine just think­ing about doing it. Real­ly it should­n’t freak me out so much because no one has to see what I cre­ate but it does… BUT I’m deter­mined to do it my way with a lit­tle or a lot of inspi­ra­tion from Dyan.

Remem­ber, “An Artist Can­not Fail.”

So while doing a lit­tle thrift­ing I found this cute vin­tage hard­back book from 1909. It mea­sures 4″ x 6″ and is PERFECT. The first thing I did was remove all the pages. Since it was so old I was able to remove them intact with min­i­mal work. Just a few cuts along the front and back and out they came. I put these aside because you know I will be using them in future projects. Love, love, love vin­tage book pages.

Now that I have just the hard­back cov­er I mea­sured the pages length and width and cut water­col­or paper to size. I cut mine to 3.75″ x 5.75″. I end­ed up cut­ting five 9″ x 12″ water­col­or pages. I got 15 — 3.75″ x 5.75″ pages. Then using my scraps and my sewing machine set to a zig zag stitch I stitched pieces togeth­er using black thread. I chan­neled in on a lit­tle Dina Wak­ley and left all the threads hang­ing. Next, I cut the sewn pages (7 total) down to size. Using these water­col­or paper scraps I added strips here and there to pages for added dimen­sion and placed a strip of water­col­or paper trimmed with a scal­lop edge along the back of the sewn pages to give these pages a bit more sta­bil­i­ty.

After I com­plet­ed all the pages using a crop-a-dile I punched two holes into the front and back cov­ers, using these holes as a tem­plate I then punched holes into all 22 jour­nal pages. Then I attached the art jour­nal pages into the jour­nal using medi­um sized jump rings.

Now all I need to do is fig­ure out how to funk up the out­er cov­er and of course… USE my new art jour­nal.


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