I’ve been creating art journal pages for a little over a year now and have obsessively filled about 4 books in that time. I had no direction for them, no real purpose except to play and explore art, which is relatively new to me. A year later, I still have no real direction, but I do get glimpses of bigger ideas and projects I’d like to dig a little deeper into. Things that I never would have had the guts to even think of let alone try without having played in my art journals.
This is one of those bigger ideas.
We had a space that needed to be filled, I had an art journal page that would work well there, so I re-created it.
In an effort to avoid psyching myself out, I didn’t think about it too much; turns out there are a lot of things that should be thought about, haha.
Obviously I can’t use all the same pieces of scraps that I used on the original art journal page, so I had to get creative with a few aspects. ‘Welcome’ was the first one… I thought about changing the word, but stuck with it. As it turned out I had some stencils just the right size, and with a little colour mixing I had a nice matchy copper. I used more patterned paper on this that the page because it’s two pieces and I wanted them be somewhat interesting on their own. Gesso, tissue/pattern paper and some pastels for colour round out the rest of the piece.
I’m happy with how it turned out, and it’s even hanging! So exciting. I’m looking forward to possibly expanding some of my other art journal pages to canvas pieces as well.. now to choose which ones…
Mail Art with Wings
Thus, my latest art mail attempt. Although this was fun to make, it totally did not turn out as wonderfully as I had envisioned… but live and learn, it’s all about growth, blah blah blah. All said and done, I stashed it full of goodies to make up for it :)
The theme was wings and I had a million butterfly stamps (for some reason) just wanting for ink. I envisioned these lovely butterflies lifting off and taking the letter all across the world by wing. As it turns out, I’m not as brave as my creative imagination and I chickened out and glued the majority of the butterfly wings down.. mostly because I didn’t want the recipient to receive an envelope of wingless insect bodies after the postal service was done with it. I did however leave the ones on the front free to fly and word is they fared pretty well. Guess I’ll have to be a little braver next time :)
My lovely mother-in-law let me raid her basement cupboard for goodies (which included a 1965 Eaton’s catalog!) I made her this postcard with some of the bits and pieces :)
Here’s a quick little throw down of my traveling journal in progress. This was the first attempt with materials on hand. Super happy with the results and I can’t wait for it to start traveling!
Pass it On
In an effort to promote creating locally amongst my friends (and maybe as an excuse to do some bookbinding) I made a ‘traveling art journal.’
My intention with the top book is to mail it to friends and encourage them to mail it on to their friends, and mostly just get a bunch of people to create a page or two in the book. I’m hoping it will help find local crafters to get together with and connect with. Eventually maybe even get some mail art circulating around here as well.
The bottom book is for the daughters of a friend, they are crafty little things and I figured that since I’m sending their mom a neat little package they should probably get one too! It’s a traveling journal for them to pass back and forth with their friends, I really hope they use it and pass it around!