Sunday, July 13, 2008


"Rose Flower Fairie" ATC for swap
Decopaged book text pages under procien dyed paper towel , stitched on vintage Fairie image,and silk mini rose ribbon

Thursday, March 27, 2008...WOW I have been away from this blog far too long.

So much has happened in the last few months and then again... time has flown and it seems like yesterday was March 27.
Life... it gets in the way of having fun.

This year I made the resolution to change and that change involved doing more art.
I have been doing more art but I have not shared that art with you. I will attempt to post more again. Starting today!

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time" ~ unknown

"Art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass, and simply for those moments' sake" ~ unknown

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Hearts ~ I LOVE Heartz!

The second February journal prompt is "Hearts"!
How lucky for me.... I love hearts.

This was so easy to do. I simply looked over by Valentine's (Heartz) Day post for inspiration.

On one side I reprinted all the quotes form the Valentine's post.
Then for the actual journal page
I gathered up a bunch of heart images I had been collecting and collaged away. finishing it off with a mylar overlay "Heartz"..
Fun ... fun ... fun!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Fear of failure ~ Fear of success

The February/March journal prompt is FEAR. I can think of lots of things to fear. Right now, doing this page is the BIGGEST one of them. Instead of focusing on day-to-day life fears, I am going to focus on fear as it relates to doing art. Or more precisely ... why my fear of making art prevents me from making art.

Several years ago, I picked up the book
“Art and Fear” [Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking] by David Bayles and Ted Orland. This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Not art not made by Monet, Picasso, or Rembrandt. Most art is made by ordinary people, ordinary artists. Our ordinary art can still be quite extraordinary, yet, we artists, sometimes fear our ordinary art will not be extraordinary. The book looks at the way art is made, the reasons art isn’t made and the difficulties that cause artists to give up along the way. Making art can be a lonely, daunting tedious task. If the book gets you to your art sooner and bolder, great. There is a mention that the book is a safety net. That reading the book can become a substitute for the process of making art. It makes you feel better but does not get you "working”. So instead of painting today? You reply, “No. I read parts of Art & Fear”

Hence, I find myself.
I have so many books on art and art processes that I’ve run out of room on my bookshelVES. I read about art. I do “do art”. However, mostly to the assignments and swaps I commit myself to do. But I rarely just do ART. Why?

Because ... I fear, I will fail.
I say... Humm ... I don’t know what to do.
Humm ... I need to learn how.
Oh now...I need a better technique.
Oops now ... I need a specific material.
Oh shoots ... I have no time.
Oh no ... Not now ... after this assignment.

They are all excuses not to do it.

"Everything I've ever done was out of fear of being mediocre." ~ Chet Atkins

“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” ~ Sven Goran Eriksson

Last year I resolved to “Create one thing each day” ... and I did. Only I let that creativity extend to all creative aspects of life and then any aspect of life from cooking to cleaning ... baby steps.

This year my word is CHANGE, so to change.....

“The key to change... is to let go of fear.” ~ Rosanne Cash

Nevertheless, saying I will change and let go of fear and actually doing it are 2 big and different things. Again baby steps.

It is easier if you just realize ... FEAR is just another four-letter word ~ Anon


FEAR is an acronym in the English language for "False Evidence Appearing Real" ~ Neale Donald Walsch

In his song, F.E.A.R. Ian Brown he gives several meanings to the acronym FEAR in the lyrics

Fantastic expectations Amazing revelations

Final execution and resurrection
Free expression as revolution
Finding everything and realizing

For everything a reason

Once we overcome a fear, we are courageous, successful, aware, and free.

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. ~ Dorothy Thompson

You don't face your fears, you stand up to them. ~ Anon

So, just do art.
Any kind of art ... Ordinary art ... Experiment ... Work in a new medium.
And keep in mind ....not every “work” will be a masterpiece. Some will be disasters, but learn from the “process”.
If you c
reate one thing today ... It just might be extraordinary.

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.” ~ Dale Carnegie

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Words are powerful tools

My blog postings are so far behind, but sometimes life gets in the way of blogging!!!

The second January prompt is “Words”.
When given the prompt “Words” the first thing that came to mind was the song:

Words by the Bee Gees
Smile an everlasting smile,
A smile can bring you near to me.
Don’t ever let me find you down,
Cause that would bring a tear to me.
This world has lost its glory,
Let’s start a brand New story now, my love.
Right now, there’ll be no other time
And I can show you how, my love.

Talk in everlasting words,
And dedicate them all to me.
And I will give you all my life,

I’m here if you should call to me.

You think that I don’t even mean a single word I say.

Its only words, and words are all I have,
To take your heart away

How appropriate the prompt “Words” is for me, since words are usually the basis for my inspirations. When given most assignments I have to look up everything about the topic. So given a prompt I Google “(the prompt word) quotes”.

I also look thru my database of favorite "Word" quotes.

“Tears are words the heart can't express” ` Unknown

“Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.” ~ Unknown

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” ~ Unknown

Words are powerful tools.
They convey emotions, thoughts, ideas. Words can comfort, sooth and entertain.
But words can also be deadly weapons. Words used maliciously to hurt someone. Words used unknowingly and carelessly can also be weapons that hurt someone. Like all of us, I have too much experience with the last experience.
Often we do not hear or see how the word or tone we use for word said to a child can devastate him/her. Or how words to or from a friend can wound. Often the comments, stories, or phrases we make are never meant to hurt but they do. There are also times our words lie.

"You mustn't always believe what I say.
Questions tempt you to tell lies, particularly when there is no answer."
- Pablo Picasso

And then there are those times when you are down and feel no one values your opinion or your words. And you ask “why bother?” (to say anything). These times also hurt.

In the book
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
The first agreement he talks about is “Be Impeccable With Your Word”. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

Hard to do 24-7, but oh so worthwhile at bedtime, when you sit and reflect on your day.

To do my journal page I used recycled paper towels used to blot procein dye for dying fabric for another project. I “matte media" adhered the paper towels to gesso primed pages. then overlayed one side with my "Words" song and quotes printed on Mylar. On the other side I wrote "Words" then 2 columns
for words I Like and Not Like. I wrote the words in white paint pen, outlined by a permanent black marker and highlighted with chalk pens. Glad to say the "Like" words list was much longer!

Looking over these pages I am often reminded that the words that often haunts me most when I spend time in evening reflection are...

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, March 7, 2008

The Art Quote of the Day for Friday March 7, 2008

The Art Quote of the Day for Friday March 7, 2008, on my blog sidebar is:

There are no original ideas.
There are only original people. ~
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Balance ...It's like riding a bicycle

I am in an art group for journaling. Each month and we are given an assignment of 2 prompts and 2 pages to put in our journal.

One of the prompts for the month of January is - Balance.
The Balance page on the left is all the quotes I have collected on balance printed on rice paper, adhered with matte medium to background sheet, colored with linen ink and red pattern stamping. Then a mylar sheet overlay with a balance image printed on it. A few of the most inspiring of the balance quotes are:

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.” ~ Robert Heinlein

“In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life
may you proceed with balance and stealth.” ~ Patti Smith

"Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life - learn some and
think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some." ~ Robert Fulghum

The right hand page is an overlay of the same balance image printed on vellum.
Lift the vellum sheet to reveal the background balance sheet.
Ta da ...

Acrylic paint was used to paint the yin yang symbol and clipart images were matte medium adhered in a balancing act!

"Life is like riding a bicycle.
To keep your balance you must keep moving."

~ Albert Einstein

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Change page for Change journal

My January 17th post, "Change in the New Year" were some change quotes which provided the inspiration springboard for a Change page in my Change journal.

I put all those quotes on the inside cover of the journal and then did a change page. This just might be the format for future pages.

Printed on the Mylar sheet over the next page are the words:

Cannot change
Can change
Want to change
Be the change
The change
Change of life
Change your life

Life change
Dramatic change
Inter change
Things change
Time change
Change time
Time to change

Change color
Change of plans
Change horses
Change for the better
Change for the worse
Change of heart
Change of fortune
Change of luck

Loose change
Got change?
Change over
Change...don’t ya just hate it!

The background sheet is painted with Metal Effects copper metal paint and green patina. Then decopaged on the words to a song printed on rice paper, and aged with walnut oil.
The background sheet has the words to the song "Changes" by David Bowie, originally released on the album Hunky Dory in December 1971 and as a single in January 1972. (Live, France 1999)

“Changes” by David Bowie
I still don't know what I was waiting for
And my time was running wild
A million dead-end streets

Every time I thought I'd got it made

It seemed the taste was not so sweet

So I turned myself to face me

But I've never caught a glimpse

Of how the others must see the faker

I'm much too fast to take that test

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strain)

Don't want to be a richer man

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strain)


Just gonna have to be a different man

Time may change me

But I can't trace time

I watch the ripples change their size

But never leave the stream

Of warm impermanence and

So the days float through my eyes

But still the days seem the same

And these children that you spit on

As they try to change their worlds

Are immune to your consultations

They're quite aware of what they're going through

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strain)

Don't tell t hem to grow up and out of it

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strain)


Where's your shame

You've left us up to our necks in it

Time may change me

But you can't trace time

Strange fascination, fascinating me

Changes are taking the pace
I'm going through

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strain)


Oh, look out you rock 'n rollers

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strain)


Pretty soon you're gonna get a little older

Time may change me
But I can't trace time
I said that time may change me

But I can't trace time

still need a bit more inspiration, view this impessionistic montage of Chachacha Changes.

“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.”
~ Unknown

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A new day ...

A new day ... your past, your present, your future ... all become your legacy.

"This is the beginning of a new day.

You have been given this day to use as you will.

You can waste it or use it for good.

What you do today is important because

you are exchanging a day of your life for it.

When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever;

In it's place is something that you have left behind . . .

let it be something good." ~ Anon*

You ask "Who was Anon?"
A Google search led me to find he was a Greek Scholar.
But Wikipedia sent me to the meanings - anonymity and anonymous.

Either way those are words to live by.

In the final scene of Back to the Future III, Doc Emmett Brown says:

"Your future hasn't been written yet.

No one's has.

Your future is whatever you make it.

So make it a good one."

Friday, February 15, 2008

Become Like Wildfire

I am sure most of you have seen the movie "Pay it Forward"
In the movie the boy Trevor is given an assignment by his teacher. The assignment is to think of something to change the world and put it into action. Trevor decides to pay a favor not back, but forward. He repays good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds to thre
e new people. Trevor's efforts bring about change not only in his live but in the lives of his mother and his teacher. His actions also affect the lives of an ever-widening circle of people completely unknown to him.

Also on TV the
Liberty Mutual ads part 1 and part 2 illustrate the Pay It Forward phenomenon.
beautiful song played in the background is entitled, "The Part Where You Let Go" from the group, Hem.

"The Part Where You Let Go" by Hem

When the rain breaks the road
Are you holding on
Are you holding on
To your last good day

When the stone breaks the wheel
Are you holding on
Are you holding on
Til the stone rolls away

And I don't know
Is this the part where you let go
And tumbling out of a window
Is this the part where you find out
I'm there for you

When the sun leaves the field
Are you holding on
Are you holding on
To the last sweet light

When the flame leaves your eyes
I still see you there
I still see you there
On your darkest night

And I don't know
Is this the part where you let go
And sinking under a shadow
Is this the part where you find out
I'm there for you now

As your hand's breaking free
I am holding on
I am holding on
As you've held on to me

And I don't know
Is this the part where we let go
Tumbling out of a window
Is this the part you're there for me

And I don't know
Is this the part where you let go
And sinking under a shadow
Is this the part where you find out
I'm there for you
You find out I'm there for you
You find out I'm there for you

A couple days ago I wrote about "one little thing...making a difference".
If you still haven't found one little thing maybe you can pay it forward.

When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll remember and be kind to someone else. And it'll become like wildfire.-- Whoopi Goldberg

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is one of my MOST favorite holidays.
So why do I love Valentine's Day? Heart Day?

Well....Duh.... Heartz!

I Love HEARTz!!! Always have. Always will.
I Love LOVE too!
I Love CHOCOLATE, yum!

HEARTz ... LOVE ... CHOCOLATE ... Ahh bliss!

What could be better?

Humm... maybe art.

Ahhhh ...Heartartz!

Above is a Valentine ATC, a bit of Heartartz, from me to you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Happy ♥ Heartz ♥ Day!

Below are some Heart - Love - Valentine quotes for you to enjoy.

I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. ~ Unknown

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” ~ Charles M. Schulz

“Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.” ~ Unknown

“One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter.” ~ James Earl Jones

“I would rather have eyes that cannot see; ears that cannot hear; lips that cannot speak, than a heart that cannot love” ~ Robert Tizon

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” ~ Lao Tzu

"The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.” ~ Jacques Benigne Bossuel

“You change your life by changing your heart.” ~ Unknown

“Today, see if you can stretch your heart and expand your love so that it touches not only those to whom you can give it easily, but also to those who need it so much.” ~ Unknown

"A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.” ~ Unknown

"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.” ~ Paulo Coelho

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." ~ Antoine De Saint-Exupery

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

"Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius

One small thing...making a difference

Like most of you, I have kind friends who share with me jokes, wit and wisdom from time to time. Sometimes I read and delete. Other times I pass the better ones on to my friends.
Today I am going to share this with all who read my blog.

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip.

You don't have to actually answer the questions.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.

These are NOT second-rate achievers.

They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies .... the awards tarnish ... the accolades and certificates are buried with their owners ... the achievements are forgotten.

Here's another quiz.

See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

The lesson:
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.

They are the ones who care.

They are those people who have made a difference in your life.

So pass it on and make a difference for someone else.

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
~Edward Everett Hale

"We can do no great things, only small things with great love."
~Mother Teresa

And if you worry that you don't have enough time today to do one thing....

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today .... it's already tomorrow in Australia." ~ Charles Schultz

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Silk Paper

Making silk paper is fun and so inspiring.
The resulting "paper is so beautiful by itself and brimming with possibilities for future works. Using the silk paper in another work is the real joy!

Silk Paper Making
is a web site with clear instructions and ides for using silk paper.

There are also two books with great instructions for making your silk paper and ideas for using the silk paper.
Silk 'Paper' Creations for the Fibre Artist
by Judith Pinnell
Handmade Silk Paper
by Kath Russon

Silk hankies (rovings)
used as the basis for silk apaper are available at Quilting Arts store. You can buy pre-dyed colorful hankies or white silk hankie and dye as desired. for my silk hankie. I used white and dyed with some Procion dye and others with Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes.

Silk hankies
Fabric scraps, threads, yarns

A) For silk paper alone or future paper works
Textile or matte medium
lightweight netting or screen
paint bushes, wide & stiff or a spray bottle

B) For future felting or needle felting work
Liquid or spray starch
Parchment paper

For silk paper alone or future paper works
Lay netting or screen in a tray or on plastic sheeting.
Separate a single silk hankie form group.
Stretch out silk fiber by pulling from the top to bottom or side to side to desired finished size.
Lay hankie on netting or screen.
Add randomly or in a pattern
fabric scraps, threads, yarns, wool or silk rovings.
Place another stretched silk hankie over trapped goodies.
Cover with another piece of netting
or screen.
Mix a tiny amount of detergent with a cup of water, paint over the silk layers completely soaking throughout. Blot lightly.
Paint or spray textile or matte medium (diluted 1:1 with water) over the silk layers. Blot dry. Let air dry.
When completely dry, carefully peel off netting or screen.
Iron silk paper
on medium setting, protecting with parchment paper or pressing cloth.

B) For future felting or needle felting work
Lay out plastic sheeting or parchment paper.
Separate a single silk hankie form group.
Stretch out silk fiber by pulling from the top to bottom or side to side to desired finished size.
Lay hankie on
plastic sheeting or parchment paper.
Add randomly or in a pattern
fabric scraps, threads, yarns (wool or silk rovings. Place another stretched silk hankie over trapped goodies.
Cover with another piece of
plastic sheeting or parchment paper.
Spray liquid starch or spray starch over the silk layers. Soaking thoroughly by pressing down with hands on silk to aide in saturation
Let air dry.
When completely dry, carefully peel off plastic sheeting or parchment paper.
Iron silk paper
on medium setting, protecting with parchment paper or pressing cloth. You can felt the silk paper to wool rovings or pin felt onto pre-felted hankies, using traditional felting methods. You can frame the silk paper or adhere silk paper to another paper background using spay adhesive or a fusible medium.

Attaching silk paper to wool
I wanted to
felt my silk paper to pre-felted hankies, using traditional felting methods. Unfortunately, I had none and could not wait for an order to arrive. I did however have some wool fabric that felted itself in the wash. traditional felting did not work so I decided to fuse the silk paper to the "wool felt" and also onto a separate piece of cotton batting I used Misty Fuse and an iron . Iron on silk setting with parchment paper to protect iron from sticking to Misty Fuse. Let cool. If you used fabric or matte medium to bind the silk paper, you now have a fused felted piece to use as desired! If you used starch to bind the silk paper, wash away the starch with hot water and dish detergent and rinsed again with hot water. Let the piece air dry. Iron again protecting the piece with parchment paper. You can leave edges raw, cut edges even and/or edge with decorative stitching.

Voila! You have a new fused felted piece to use as the creative muse leads you!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Saying .... I Love you

Are you in need a different way to "wrap"..ah present (preezent) a Valentine gift?
How about making a cute gift cone? I made one for a Yahoo group swap and it could not be easier.

Gift Cone Tutorial
There are several sources for instructions for making a gift cone.
Ruth Rae's fabulous fabric gift cone is in Quilting Arts Gifts, with instructions for creating a fabric or paper gift cone.

Basicallly, all you need is a 9" square of fabric or paper (2, 9" squares, if you want to line it) and embellishments!!!


• 9" square fabric or paper
• 9" square contrasting fabric or paper (optional)
• 1/2 yd of 3/8" ribbon, cording or yarn for hanging

• 1/4 yd trim, for seam (optional)

• 1/2 yd trim for top edge (optional)
• Tassel, beads or crystal (optional)

• Various embellishments: fabric, appliquets, beads, sequins, eyelets rivets etc (also optional)


1. Assemble all supplies and embellishments.

2. Stitch (glue for paper) 2 pieces of fabric/paper together right sides out.
3. Decorate outside fabric/paper.

4. Position trim down side of cone for seam to form cone later. (optional)

5. Place piping or trim along top point of cone. Stitch/glue in place.(optional)

6. Roll cone and hand stitch or glue along seam edge.

7. Stitch or glue ribbon handle to sides of cone.

8. Stitch tassel beads, or crystal to bottom point of cone. (optional)

9. Embellish more if needed.
10. Add gifts and present to loved one!!!

Cone back, side and front detail close-up.

My cone was made using silk paper fused to wool fabric and cotton batting.
Next post: Silk Paper

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Thin Creativity ... Deep Soul

Have you seen the new MacBook Air?

I do not use a Mac but the design and potential functional ability of this computer is so amazingly creative. View Steve Jobs Introduction of the Apple MacBook Air at MacWorld 2008.

The new MacBook Air, is 0.76" thick, tapering to 0.16", weighs 3 pounds, has a 13.3" screen and full-size, backlit keyboard. Its Intel chip is the diameter of a dime and the thickness of a nickel. The MacBook Air will cost $1799+.

No doubt you have seen the Macbook Air Ad. That too is so creative and the song keeps humming in your head!

The song is New Soul by Yael Naim. Watch New Soul by Yael Naim music video on Youtube.

Talk about creative! The artist, Yael Naim was born in Paris and raised in Israel. She and David Donatien, assembled an eclectic group of musicians to record the album on a single computer in her Paris apartment. You can read about Yael Naim's rise to fame.

In the past, Apple has featured other new music artists on their commercials like the Feist, St. Vincent, and Regina Spektor. Most recently, the iPod Nano ad featured 1234 from the Feist’s “Remainder” album.

So far, Yael Naim has tour dates in France, none in the US. The New Soul single is available on iTunes and The New soul album is due in the States in the Spring 08.

Read the words to New soul ... not only is the tune catchy but the lyrics are so inspiring and hopeful.

New Soul by Yael Naim
I'm a new soul I came to this strange world
hoping I could learn a bit about how to give and take.
But since I came here
felt the joy and the fear
finding myself making every possible mistake.


I'm a young soul in this very strange world hoping I could learn a bit about what is true and fake.
But why all this hate?
Try to communicate.
Finding trust and love is not always easy to make.


This is a happy end cause' you don't understand everything you have done why's everything so wrong
this is a happy end come and give me your hand I'll take your far away.

I'm a new soul I came to this strange world
hoping I could learn a bit about how to give and take
but since I came here
felt the joy and the fear
finding myself making every possible mistake



WOW! I just noticed the art quote for today is " Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Berthold Auerbach. ... hummm

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Journal Tutorial #2 &3 ~ Journal Cover and Journal Pages

Journal Tutorial #2 ~ Journal Cover
OK you say... I have a journal ... now what do I do?

Make your journal yours.
Give it a name.
My journal, is of course, called "Change", my
word for 2008.
But your Journal name can be whatever inspires you. A nickname, a flower, a virtue you aspire to, a friend. an enemy, a place, or whatever ignites your passion!

Then, do art on your
front and back covers.
Create ... embellish ... make your cover say "This is Me!"

Pick a color, any color you LOVE and apply it to your journal cover via pen, paint, paper collage or anything that strikes your fancy. Then embellish, embellish, embellish.
I did my covers with Modern Masters Metal Effects
- Reactive Metallic Paints in the
Rusted Iron Finish. It is a 4 step process using: acid blocking primer, iron metal paint, rust activator and finally sealing with Matte clear spay sealer. Then embellished with paper, and other goodies.
The cover might not be finished yet because I will probably add more as the year and I, progress and change.

Journal Tutorial #3 ~ Journal pages
You can use any kind of paper for your journal pages.
If you use the pages provided in the original photo album gesso the pages.
Note: Use undiluted gesso (NO WATER). water added to gesso will make sheets wave and ripple.

Once Journal is assembled you can work on individual journal pages as you desire.

Wherever you find inspiration, seize it!
"Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal." ~ Igor Stravinsky
Most of all remember ... JUST DO IT!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Journal tutorial ~ #1 Make your own Journal

To Journal or not to Journal? That seems to be the question of the day.
Followed next by,
"How do I journal?"
Then, "What do I journal?"
Stop the questions and....
"JUST DO IT" (another non-"original idea")

I have always half-heatedly started a journal....but mine were a diary, which I soon abandoned for fear I would perish and "someone would read my personal thoughts". Well not this time.
I committed to a Yahoo group journal swap. While technically we are not actually swapping our journals. Members may choose to swap pages with a partner or not. All members must post pictures of their page from the theme of the month.

Over this past year I have discovered that journaling can be whatever you want it.
A journal can take many forms but it is primarily a vehicle to express your feelings at that moment.
A diary format does not do it for me, so I am going to do art journal pages instead. While I could easily make a journal book, I decided it would be quicker to find a pre-made book. I found a photo album. It is bound together with ribbon and more pages can be added.
Best of all I found it at Target in the $1 bargain bin!!!
The cover is pretty but not me, so I proceeded to do an Ultimate Makeover on my new journal!

Well here goes... here it is my first tutorial...
(My artzy crafty artist friends who know how to do this can skip this lesson and my friends who think they are not artists..take notes.)

Journal Assignment #1 ~ Alter or make your journal!

First, take photo album apart or make your own.
Cut mat board to the desired size. My journal is 7 5/8 x 6 1/4. Score in from edge at 1" and fold. Punch two holes centered (1 1/2" from edge and 3 1/4" apart).

Gesso the front and back covers (in and out) or cover with paper.

For the pages. You can use what they provided or cut more pages.
The pages in my journal are 8 1/4" x 5 5/8". An
81/2 x 11 sheet of paper cut in half will give you 2 (8 1/2 x 5 1/2), which fit nicely between the covers..
I decided to replace the pages with watercolor paper. Using an original page as a template, I cut a desired # of pages to 8 1/4" x 5 5/8".

Fold in 3/4" from the edge, glue down, then fold in 1" again. Fold the 1" fold back flat.
Punch 2 holes thu the 3/4" folded edge, using original page as template.
Now repeat for additional pages, note you can always add more later.

To bind your Journal, choose a pretty ribbon, cording yarn or any kind of tie your heart desires. 20" works for 8-12 pages but if you want more pages you will need longer ribbon.
The beauty of this type of Journal is that
each day, it is up to you if you want to work in a bound journal, a single loose page or simply work on another sheet and glue it in the Journal.

Voila! You have the backbones for your Journal!

"Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction."
~ Pablo Picasso

Tomorrow's post ... Journal assignment #2 ~ Journal Cover