This has been a very BUSY week, but I’ve been busy doing so many things that I have wanted to tackle for a couple of months and just couldn’t. Now that I’m back out in the studio working every day, I’ve been trying to be really good about doing the “fun” stuff and then alternating with the “necessary” stuff. Oftentimes the “fun” stuff wins out, and I find myself completely immersed in the project at hand, and suddenly realize that it is time to make supper. Or pick up a kid from tennis practice, or fly off to piano lessons, or any number of other “necessary” tasks. All of which I love (well, except for the “making supper” part) and have great fun watching a tennis match or listening to a piano lesson, it is really easy for me to get so focused when I am “making stuff” that I lose all track of time.
One of the “necessary” tasks this weekend is to clean up and start painting the studio . . . . more than just getting paint on my design table, all over my hands, and usually on my clothing. We want to paint the walls in the studio this spring, and I think this is the weekend that we can finally get started. We had to be away last weekend so we got nothing accomplished – and this weekend is Mother’s Day so my little family just might be enticed to do something special for this mom and get that studio painted.
As I’ve been researching and learning about updating my Etsy shops, one of the things that keeps coming to my attention is that I need to add pictures of my work space and of me, actually working there. Well, that’s all fine and everything, but when it still looks a bit like a converted wood working shop, I’m not quite ready to put those pictures out there just quite yet. So, off we go to the paint store!
In the meantime, I’ve been having great fun going back and forth between my computer work and my art journal . . . and here is the next stage in that process! If you are joining me on my journey to seek and find that which I lost a long time ago – through the healing and therapeutic activities of journaling – here’s where you will take YOUR next steps.
After the outsides of both the front and back covers are painted, you will want to paint the inside covers, too. What is really amazing about taking these steps of painting both the inside and outside of the covers (even if you are later going to cover them with other “stuff”) is that the paint on the lightweight cardboard creates almost a “faux leather” feel. It makes the covers flexible and resilient so that you can work with them much easier than if you just start to glue paper and other stuff on them right away. I know it takes a bit longer, but trust me, it really makes nice covers for your art journal.
PAINT THE INSIDE OF BOTH THE FRONT AND BACK COVERS
EMBELLISH THE COVERS WITH PAPER, LACE, RIBBON, OR ANYTHING YOU WANT!
I like to stitch some of my embellishments on my designs so that I get added texture, but gluing everything on works, too.
Once I have the elements stitched on that I want, then I add more “stuff” like buttons, charms, or other little things. Glue things like buttons, beads, vintage keys, braid, or actually anything at all that you have in your stash.
Because my art journal this time is going to be filled with some of my experiences, feelings, thoughts, and ideas about finding my voice, I used a lot of musical designs on my covers – also based on the stash of little collages and tags that I discovered hiding in the back of on of the drawers in my studio, my color theme throughout will have black, gold, and pink acdents.
Then I just printed out a short saying that is part of one of my poems about this journey, ripped out the words and glued them on top of everything, added a few vintage buttons, and my front cover is done! I also added a couple of strips of scrapbook paper that I ripped the edges and glued one on the top and one on the right side of the front cover. More tomorrow about the back cover!
I hope you are having a good week and that you are making your own discoveries along your journey, and that perhaps you will also discover that art journaling is an amazing way to think through all those things, thoughts, and events that have caused you pain in your life. It truly is a fun and healthy adventure, and I REALLY hope you will join me!
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