Repurposed for journal use

Using up supplies is what I like doing..I have NO need to purchase any art stuff for at least the next hundred years! I used covers from an old unused composition book, and made a new journal cover with them, covering them with fabric scraps which I machine-stitched together in a ‘sort of’ rectangle. I then gutted 2 more compo books I had on hand (again, unused…but of course just HAD to have as they were 99 cents on sale ages ago), and used the pages to fill my ‘new’ journal. The words are from the cover of an old discarded library book given to me by a friend in our local art group. (I wonder why she thought I’d like it? lolol) I’m using this for a sketching journal)20160822_141515-1_resized 20160822_141608-1_resized 20160822_141650-1_resized

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Continuation of art journal.

Here are the rest of the pictures from my previous post. The metal tag was my dad’s when he produced the radio show Vox Pop for troops during WWII. 20160424_185129-120160424_185503-120160424_185238-120160424_185335-120160424_185410-120160424_185533-120160424_185611-120160424_185630-120160424_185710-1

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New Book Started

I’m using paper bags, vintage 19th century music,  papers I’ve hung onto for years, and plan to add a variety of items to this ‘journal’. In the process, I hope to recycle things and supplies I no longer need or use. Less is more. The journal covers are canvas boards (8″ X 10″) covered with Japanese papers I’ve had for years!  I created the spine (3.5″W)  using the same papers covering canvas.  The signatures will eventually be bound to the spine using buttons from my dearly departed friend, Sherry Marston.  Here are beginning images.

Front cover

Front cover

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Interior with signatures

Interior with signatures

Paper scraps for recycling!

Paper scraps for recycling!

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Grief takes its toll

I haven’t been making book art or anything  complex lately, because our dear, sweet younger adult son, Tim, passed away suddenly on Sept. 22, 2015.  He is missed beyond words, and loved by so many. We are so grateful for his wife Amy, and for our son Jeremy and his family, who have all been keeping us company on this difficult journey. Here are a few  pictures. We are so proud that he was so loving,  and cared for and by so many people. We love you, Timmers!

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Hello World!

I’ve been creating a variety of mixed media artwork over the past 5 months. Rather than describe the art, I am going to share images here instead. Enjoy!

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Faux Metal Journal

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Getting back in the ‘groove’, I decided to finish up this small UFO (Unfinished Object)….a 4″W x 5″H journal with ‘faux’ metal covers.  There are a few bits of gold paint on one or two pages. The pages are Canson watercolor paper. The little journal is bound with waxed linen, and tied with gold ribbon trim. It has a brass-colored key hanging from the spine.

The covers were created using UTEE , rubber stamp, alcohol inks, and clear UHU liquid adhesive brushed over the top. Book Board is the substrate, painted gold on the inside.

This journal is for sale for $10.00, via Pay Pal only. (Free shipping to USA only!)  Please message me from the ‘about page’ on this web site, or private message me through Facebook.03Spine 04BothCovers 05Interior Back Front

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The Corinne Journal

I made this journal several months ago.  Fabric  strips with velcro  hold numerous 10″ x 10″ sheets of watercolor paper.  I use them for collage as I’m in the mood, and they are all stored here.

The cabinet card on the front is a Victorian/Edwardian era stage actress named ‘Corinne’!  Her name is under the image.  I sewed fabric for the cover, spine and back of the journal, with 12″ square game boards as substrate.  I love sewing fabric on paper, which both of the collages are, with machine free-motion sewing. Jungle Flight is multi-layered, with fabric, acrylic paints, Dylusions spray inks, butterfly stencil, glossy PPA and machine edge stitching.  More pages for this journal can be seen here.

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Vintage Journal Additions

I have had fun working on some of the pages in the vintage journal I videoed. Vintage things: rhinestone zipper, collages,ribbons, tapes, etc.  Enjoy.

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A ‘vintage’ Journal

This video shows a journal I made comprised of mostly vintage items.  Hope you enjoy it!

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A Quilted Fabric Remnant Journal

I have been using up scraps of fabric and other items…making journals and books.

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A New Beaded Journal

It’s been awhile since I last posted. I confess to posting quite a bit on my Facebook Page. However, I would like to share my One-of-a Kind journal with better images. It is for sale, via PayPal, for $150., with FREE shipping in the USA. (You can contact me through the contact page on this web site.)

This journal  is 9″W x 12″H. The covers’ substrate is artist canvas board. I hand beaded and embroidered fabric, which adorns the front, with some  border machine stitching.  There are 6 signatures of quality Stonehenge brand watercolor paper – 6 pages Per signature….36 pages total.

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Gallery Show

I’mpleased to be the guest artist at Art du Jour Gallery in Medford, OR for August-Sept. The focus is on my book art.  There was the gallery’s 10th anniversary celebration yesterday , which was a wonderful ‘do’!  My art is featured in their Salon area.  Pics follow:

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Postcards Galore

For the postcard collector, enthusiast, I am selling off my collection of dressed rabbits on postcards.  Check out my auctions!

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Green Art Journal addition

Last evening, while watching a favorite PBS Masterpiece re-run, I created this journal page for my ‘Green’art journal. Mixed media on watercolor paper.  You can read more about its creation and dimension in THIS POST.

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5 more ATCs

I created these ATC’s 3 days ago.  The woman images are from Ten Two Studios.

I enjoy using my ‘paint waste’ paper as backgrounds for ATC’s. Add a few elements and you have an ATC!  Let me  know if you want to trade!

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Smiles – They work for me.

I’ve been able to smile because I’ve been able to do what I love- create mixed media paper art.  I’ve been lucky enough to acquire a new sewing machine with a longer arm and larger bed for sewing- it makes sewing on larger paper/fabric pieces much easier.  Since I last posted, I’ve created this fabric book: (SOLD)

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Inside cover decor.

Inside cover decor.

Last night I made some ATC’s, for fun. LMK if you’d like to trade!

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Journals and Junk Mail

This past week I completed four journals.  One was the jigsaw puzzle journal.  I have two more photo’d, with one to go.  I’ve also added a junk mail envelope made for a swap.

First, the Yellow journal.  Watercolor paper, acrylic paints and sewing.  The covers sandwich heavy fusible webbing, and are then sewn.

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Next – a ‘Serendipity’ Journal.  I used my serendipity papers to cover book board, for the covers, with marbled paper I purchased in Italy in 2007 on the inside covers.  The pages are all from an old atlas, which I deconstructed and then rebound into this journal. I once again used file folders as signature covers.

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Finishing The Jigsaw Journal – Slideshow

One of my favorite art passtimes is to use up ‘stuff’ by turning it into something artful- usually an altered book or journal.  I purchased nothing in making this jigsaw puzzle journal.  The puzzle was my mom’s, and so were the manila file dividers, both of which I saved after she died in 2010.  I love doing jigsaw pouzzles! I also collect postage stamps -the two seemed perfect for me.

The papers I used for the pages of this journal were on hand, as were the supplies needed in constructing the journal.  I’m already thinking of my next project.

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Embellishment – Jigsaw Journal Covers

Here is another short slideshow showing my embellishment of the jigsaw puzzle journal covers.

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Quick Journal Cover Tutorial – Jigsaw

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