I am making art journals because I have so much paper! I have had these paper from printmaking and watercolour painting days. I’ve collected and moved this stash for about 15+years and I didn’t want to destroy or trash them. Then I saw all these handmade art journals by way of blogs and YouTube tutorials (Teesha Moore, Donna Downey and CraftyLoops). I thought…That’s it! I am going to make upcycled handmade art journals using my inked and paint splattered paper.
This was the beginning of a new project and I love it. It solved my dilemma of what to do with my stash. Yes they do have artwork on them but they are wonderful paper (paper size is 22″x30″ and are of BFK Rives, Arches, Stonehenge to name a few). So I have torn these paper to a couple of journal sizes (9″x6″ and 8″x5″). Each one is covered with a gessoed canvas, and used a pamphlet stitch with a signature of 20 9”x6” pages (40 pages front and back) acid free printmaking and watercolour papers.
Yes the pages are a mixture of blank and painted pages but it is so fun to play. I have found that blank pages can be intimidating and frightening to mar all that whiteness! I found that seeing the colours throughout my handmade art journal made it easier for me to fill the pages with mixed-media. I glue, collage, gesso, paint, doodle, draw and play in my art journal.