On Monday we will be beginning our study on Identity. But before we delve into the study I thought I would show you how I have made my journal. I used the idea shown in my Creative Responses post, using the Teesha Moore instructions.
I had torn my paper into 3 pieces and folded them.
I decided I wanted to be able to keep my journaling notebook inside the finished art journal so made the sheet that had folds at both ends smaller. I kept the small fold on the right and made the whole page on the left smaller.
I used the piece I had torn off to make a large letter I and then drew it on the paper that will be the cover.
It is easier to start the backgrounds of the pages before you assemble it whether you are sewing or gluing - or as in this case - both! The other thing about putting some colour on the paper is that it takes away the fear of the blank page each time you come to work on it.
I put 4 colours of water-based inks onto my glass mat and sprayed them with water. Don't copy this idea because what I ended up with was a deep orange!
Back to the drawing board! I decided to do each colour separately. I chose 5 colours and added them to the plate individually, sprayed with water and then wiped my paper through the ink. You could do this with watered-down acrylic paints or with watercolour paints. I 'dipped' both sides.
By randomly dipping the papers but keeping to the same colours I ended up with a set of papers that go together. If you don't have paints and inks you could get a similar effect with water soluble colour crayons. Scribble randomly on your paper and then use a very wet brush with clean water. You can see below the difference between the scribble and the wet washed colour.
Here's my journal as the pages unfold.
The Exercise Book has too many pages in it. When I get to the end of my journaling for session 4 I shall remove the middle pages. At the end I shall cover my book.
I shall make a pocket with the small fold so that the book sits inside it. To strengthen my journal I am going to glue in the middle piece of paper that folds round the book. I shall sew in the other folded page. I shall do that at the end of the study as it will be easier to work on individual pages if they are not stitched or glued in.
If you try this make sure the paper is totally dry before you start to write or do anything else with it. It's also a good idea to go back to the folds and press them again with a bone fold or the handle of your scissors to make sure the folds are totally creased.
I look forward to seeing what you decide to do for your creative response to the study.
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