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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