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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Journal 03: Patterns and Oil Pastels

One Year, Twelve Journals: This year I want to make it a habit to art journal on a regular basis. So, I've decided to create 12 art journals for myself, and my goal is to complete one for each month of the year.

In March I received a set of oil pastels from Art Bento Box, and I knew immediately I wanted to experiment with them in this journal. I haven't used oil pastels in a long time so I just had fun making patterns with them. I also enjoyed playing with layers and discovered a new way to add journaling to my pages.
"Holding On"
{collage, oil pastel, and pen}
"Let Me Be"
{collage, acrylic, oil pastel, pen, and marker}
"Way Maker"
{collage, acrylic, oil pastel, and pen}
"Rise Again"
{collage, acrylic, oil pastel, and pen}
"Truly Yours"
{collage, acrylic, oil pastel, pen, and marker}
"It's Not Over Yet"
{collage, acrylic, oil pastel, pen, and marker}
{collage, acrylic, oil pastel, pen, and marker}
Like my February journal, this one was all about experimentation and testing different techniques. My favorite bits in this journal are the overlay of writing and the pattern play. I know I will carry these elements on into my future work.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Get Messy Art Journal: Basic Bookbinding Class

Y'all, binding books may be my new favorite thing! It just makes your art journal or sketchbook that much more special knowing that you made it yourself. I followed the Long Stitch lesson in the Basic Bookbinding course from Vanessa at Get Messy Art Journal. I'm still searching for the perfect book with a decorative cover, but right now I have a couple nice sized books to work with.
The course is great for beginners! It features step by step instructions for four different book binding techniques: Pamphlet stitch, Long stitch, Coptic stitch, and French-link stitch. I didn't have some of the tools listed in the course, but I still managed to make it work with materials I had on hand. My journal has three signatures made up of four pages each, and I used embroidery floss to bind it.
I've decided to use it as a prayer/faith journal, and I've already collected some ephemera to use in it.
This is the very first page, and I just love it! I used mixed media paper to handle layers and layers of paint and collage. I'm just having so much fun experimenting with the techniques I learned during the Season of Art 101 at Get Messy.
Now, I'm on to the next one. Can't wait to try the Coptic stitch and French-link stitch too!
Have you ever tried book binding? What's your favorite stitch?
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