Me-Made-May 2017 Handmade Journals

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In today’s Me-Made-May 2017 post, I’m switching things up a bit. Let’s talk about handmade journals. I think of journals as an essential accessory. I carry one wherever I go. It’s part of my ensemble, if you will. Nothing like knowing that it is at my beck and call.  It is tucked safely inside my tote,  along with an assortment of pens, pencils and other fun and necessary journalling tools, like washi tape, glue stick and double-sided tape.

This Spring into Summer has seen a great deal of journal making. I am gifting most of them as workshop treats for my students, end of the school year/welcome summer gifts of gratitude to my fellow educators and to new friends and cabin mates at an upcoming art retreat. For my paper-covered types, I painted with acrylic paint, sponges and bubble wrap onto 140 lb weight Canson watercolor paper. My color story was based on Spring in the City. I mixed colors to look like urban concrete neutrals with touches of warm sunny yellows and earthy browns. The assortment of papers inside come from my collection of new and vintage pages as well as from my handpainted paper stash. I machine stitch the signature using a Jeans needle 90/14, a heavier weight cotton thread and a long straight stitch.

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These cloth covered journals are a classic fave of mine. They are sewn like a book cover, so that the writer may replace the journal when necessary. I used both 7oz and 12oz unprimed canvas from Jerry’s Artarama. The serger is my friend for this style. I love the look of the overlocker’s exposed chain stitch of ivory beige thread against the canvas. Covers are hand stamped with Jacquard Textile Paint. I have a wonderful selection of bias tape and it is often a mainstay in my journals, whether tying around the machine stitched binding , as above in the paper journals or threaded through the spiral bound notebook inside these cloth journals.

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I wish all my creative friends many days full of opportunities to sit, muse, write and create in these “me-made” journals.

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Spring Cleaning 2015

 

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Spring cleaning continues in the studio. I purchased this nice new, expandable organizer (Bed Bath and Beyond) for all my yummy markers and pens. As my art journaling takes place in any number of places, I have had a stash of writing and drawing implements in pouches and vessels, of all sorts, all over the house. It felt like time to get everything in one place.  Now when I am looking for just the right shade of whatever color, I know where to look! It’s really amazing what one little storage unit can do to simplify things!!

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And here’s the reward for all that hard (ha ha, not really!) work: Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownies with M & M’s.  Just cooked up a batch and the house smells real sweeeeeet!

Happy Spring cleaning everyone!