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A new art journal cover

When the mail brought this new art journal with it’s plain brown cover, I couldn’t wait to decorate it. It’s been a long time since I worked in a journal this large. This is Ranger Dylusions Dyan Reaveley’s Creative Journal, 11.375 by 8.25-Inch. My last one this size was hand stitched by me and I loved the size but hadn’t had time to make another. This has nice heavy cardstock type paper, similar to a manilla folder or the paper in a Moleskine sketchbook but not so yellow as that. It’s not as thick as in my handmade one, or as white, but I think I’ll like it for mixed media collage. I put a coat of Golden Polymer Gloss Medium over this to protect it so I was restricted to media that wouldn’t smear when varnished. This has collage, acrylic paint, colored pencil, Stayzon ink (for my hand carved bee stamp) and I used a Faber-Castell Pitt pen for the designs on her clothing and other details. Even on the shiny magazine paper, the ink didn’t smear. The “Hello” in the top corner is a welcome mat from a catalog. I’ll probably think of this as the Hello journal from now on. 🙂 Do you name your journals?

New sketchbook!

openboundsketchbookWhat is more fun than getting new art supplies? I bought a new sketchbook to keep in my car this week. It looked like this:

Pretty boring, even for my car scribble sketchbook. I thought about sketching something cool on it but didn’t want it to become too precious since this one really does get scribbled in. Gluestick and magazine clippings to the rescue!

Now it looks like this:

sketchbookcoversketchbookspineI may add more to it as I use it but now it is much more me.

Celebrate Life in the Land of Odd

The Three Muses have invited us to visit the Land of Odd with our art this week. I pretty much live there most of the time, anyway! I had fun bringing this gal to life. It took me a while to find just the right words in my pile of magazine clippings, but when I found them I knew there were the ones. This is also my entry for this week’s Whimsical Wednesday.