Flip journal tutorial and Going to Mexico and Europe for a year!

The big news , we are retiring and going to Mexico ( for 2 months ) to plan the year vagabonding trip to Europe for a year.  Why just retire?  We are taking a senior gap year.  The year of exploration between working and retirement! We are traveling with only one bag each and a backpack so only minimal art supplies and my art journal.   So my posts here will be more about photography and whatever art presents itself as we travel.  Oh my I am soooo excited.

So here is my last project before starting to pack ( will miss my studio ).  This is a flip up journal with tags.  I saw one somewhere and I thought it would be a good last project. It turned out to be pretty easy to do and I think it looks good.  I cut out the cover and tag pages from heavy card stock and then made plain card stock pages and Graphic 45 paper pages. The cover is made from Spellbinders die cuts and they are painted with metallic paints.  There are lots of pockets and tags made from scrap papers.  The book rings open to rearrange or add pages to the journal.  And I hung a black key on the cover with Swarvorki crystals ( they are my signature item that I use on all of my art work).  Enjoy!  Oh If you want to follow along on our adventures and how we are doing it ; my blog is seniorgapyear.wordpress.com ( follow) because there will only be posts occasionally before Europe and that is in April. tree dream 7tree dream 2 tree dream 3 tree dream 5tree dreamtree dream 6

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A #portfolio / journal using #Tim Holtz collection folio as a template

I purchased a #Tim Holtz collection portfolio the other day at Joanne’s.  I thought what can you do with this?  Well quite a lot.  I used it as a template and recycled some pressed board I had at home and made this #steam punk portfolio and journal with lots of my  distress inks and paint supplies.  I think this is a wonderful format that can be made to hold a single event ( a special trip) or season   ( Fall ) in an innovative format.

I added two sets of layered pages ( one on each side) to hold photos or journal insights.  The entire portfolio can be closed with the two velco holders and can expand to fit whatever you want to put inside it.

This item is available in my etsy shop; https://www.etsy.com/listing/217127644/handmade-book-portfolio-vintage?ref=shop_home_active_3steamfolio 5_edited-1portfolio 6steamfolio 1 steamfolio 2 steamfolio

completely handmade journal with tags using Graphic 45 paper An eerie Tale

I have been working on making a journal completely handmade using recycled pressed paper that I have in my scrap basket.  So here it is ;  Enchanted Fantasy.  I used Graphic 45 paper ( I love , love their designs)  An eerie Tale to make the pages, cover the cardboard and make the pockets and tags.  I used book rings that open to be able to add pages or to move pages around at will.  Brown yarn to make the ties and the decoration on the sides.  I am quite happy with this journal and it only took 3 evenings to make.  Here are the photos;enchanted 5enchantedenchanted 4enchanted 3 enchanted 2 enchanted 1

Renaissance beauty in green flower mixed media collage art journal page

Still experimenting with this grunge art journal page.  Wanted to juxtaposition the bright greens with the art card of one of Botticelli’s renaissance beauties.  Made with flowers, stencils, an art card that I made . I used spray paints and metallic paints, tissue papers, and Swarovski crystals.Image

blue collage ( now gifts from the Sea) free mixed media collage tutorial, part 3

I have added micro beads in clear, blue and gold and diamond dust with clear glue to the clay sections Image  An have started to glue down shells ( E6000 glue works)  and embellishments to the clay sections; making sure that I use enough glue to hold them in place and that they are not too heavy for the clay substrate.Image If you look at the tutorial part 2, the shells and the ideas for composition have changed some.  I decided to paint some of the shells that form the outline from the sea to the sand.  I am also playing around with fish and turtle charms to see if I want to use these to connect the two largest sections of the clay substrate.  Stay tuned for the final part of this tutorial.

blue collage ( now gifts from the Sea) free mixed media collage tutorial, part 2

I rolled out air dried clay and cut it into 4 pieces.  I added rolls of clay to make a sea shore and sand area on two of the largest pieces.  I took different stamps to make textures in the sand areas and let the clay dry overnight.Image  Then I places sea shells from Hawaii on the dried clay to get an idea of how I might want to make the composition.  This is just an idea and may not be how the collage actually turns out. Image The next step is to paint the sand and the ocean sections of the dried clay.  I used a variety of metallic paints ( lumiere metallic paint, Inka metallic rub, Mary Stewart paint) ; you can see them on the side of this photo.ImageWhen the paint dried, I sprayed the clay pieces and the canvas substrate with a glossy sealing varnish.  Now I am ready to start to embellish the collage.  This is the fun creative part since I let the collage talk to me about how it should be finished. lol