Happy DIY Day friends, if you are a maker/painter/crafter/hoarder etc. you know that there is only so much room in ones home to store all of the things you make/paint/craft/hoard before things start to get dicey and someone tries to Marie Kondo the joy out of your life. Yeah husband, I’m talking to you. In a perfect world, I would have an influx of time and would be able to market and sell all my artwork but sometimes life takes over and its just not realistic for me right now. BUT, creating is a genuine life source for me and I am truly unable to go more than a few days without painting something.
So thats where the necessity of an art journal came from. From the need to create, but for the lack of space to keep allofthethings. Back in my old university days, I always loved throwing myself into sketchbooks. Making the sketchbooks was by far, my most favourite part of creating the final work.
The main difference between my uni sketchbooks and an art journal is that there is no “final” piece that needs to be made from it, I suppose inspiration will be taken from the art journal, but that is not the art journals purpose. Its a spread by spread piece that’s finished a soon as you say it is. YOU ARE THAT JOURNALS BOSS.
To get this show on the road, you will need:
The How To's:
1. Lay out your fabric or decorative paper, fancy side down, and place your book on top. Centre the spine of your book in the desired location and trace along the edges. Feel free to leave a little space between the book and your traced line, to leave a little wiggle room that you can trim off later. If there are any details on your book that you want to show off, cut around accordingly. I knew that I wanted the cute little embossed cat that was on the original cover so I cut my fabric a couple inches shorter.
2. Paint on a thin layer of your Modge Podge on the book cover and place your paper or fabric on top. If you have impulse issues like me, now is the time to walk away. Go make a tea. Go make a sandwich. Go watch your neighbours through the blinds for a bit. Whatever you need to do to let that puppy dry for a bit.
3. Once that pretty cover is dry, feel free to add on any other embellishments. I’ve gone for some washi tape, paper flowers and sparkly things. I decided to do a light layer of the ye good olde Modgey Podgey as I wanted everything to stay put.
4. Once all of that is nice and dry, it’s time to prep your first page! YAS YAS YAS *que elaborate fireworks show * Flip through to the first page, you want to use and grab those binder clips. You will need these to hold the book open and the pages back while you paint and then drying too. Get your chosen Gesso and brush and apply a thin coat on both pages. You can by all means go ahead and do a few quotes, here I just did one coat as I will likely cover most of the words with paint and other things. Also, I moved my clips around slightly to make sure i was able to gesso the whole page.
5. Once that is dry, use your fingers to judge how well of a job you did. Go over the pages to make sure you didn’t miss any spots and it all feels grainy and textured. If, you missed a spot, go ahead and fill those in.
Now my friends, you have a unique book that can be filled with art work, personal in nature, and aesthetically pleasing. The world is your oyster, Spread your wings and fly, Just Do It and all the other motivational things you can possibly think of. Just grab your paint, stencils, markers, WHATEVER and have some fun.