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

free tutorial on how to make a clay cover mixed media collage for an art journal or smash book DIY art project

This is a free tutorial on how I make air dried clay covers for some of my art or travel journals.  I will post the pictures with the explanations below.  Start with some air dry clay that you can get at Michael’s or Joann’s in the children’s art sections.

ImageMeasure the cover of your journal and roll out the clay on wax paper and cut it just a little smaller than the cover measurements. ImageHere I have cut the clay and added 2 rolls in a swirling pattern and stamped some impressions on the clay.ImageHere are four different clay shapes that I made at this time.  It is easier to make several different shapes and clean up afterwards.  The one I am going to use in this project is the one on the far left.ImageThe painting is down after I have let the clay dry for one day.  I use metallic paints; teal and sapphire blue to make the base of the collage.ImageHere are some of the supplies that I use to make the collage vary in color and textures.  The glass beads paste is spread around and then the micro beads are sprinkled on top so they will dry embedded in the paste. The Golden gold paint is used sparingly to highlight the different levels on the clay.ImageHere I have glued on Tim Holtz’s metal gears, and clock face and hand to the top of the swirls.  I then glued on Swarovski crystals to make the collage sparkle.  Here I am trying it on the top of the journal that I will be covering to see how it fits.ImageThis is the finished journal.  I have covered the journal with matching card stock and glued the clay collage on top.  I have added a ribbon loop and a brad to make the closure.  The cover is done.  Inside the journal I continued the theme of Steampunk purple with designer papers and envelops and tags that I made to hold journal ling and photographs inside for future use.  Here are some photos of the inside of this art journal.ImageImageImagethis journal and other journals that I have made in a similiar manner are available in my etsy shop at  https://www.etsy.com/shop/LDphotography?section_id=6805677&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

 

Hope you enjoyed learning about this fun way to use air dried clay for mixed media collages and journal covers.

Just finished a hand made Steampunk Spirit journal smashbook with a paper clay cover

I have been playing with air dried paper clay as part of my art process for a while now.  I made this steampunk art card from that clay plus metallic paints .  The other theme in my work recently is making practical art.  Art that can be enjoyed and used everyday in a person’s life.  This journal’s cover started out as a steampunk paper clay art card with gears, metallic paints , handmade spirit face , clock and Swarovski crystals. When it was finished,  it called out to me to be a cover of an art journal. I love the blues and browns that make this cover so unique.

The inside of this journal/ smash book has added envelops, tags, collages, metallic painted pages, stamped images, fold outs and many more features to surprise you. Some of the lined pages have been left alone for you to journal and some have been pasted together to support your photos and drawings.

This journal ties together with a baby blue  ribbon and  it has a matching blue ribbon with a metal key on the end for a bookmark. It is an exquisite piece of practical art that you can use everyday or to record the memories of a special trip.

 

It is on sale in my etsy store;  https://www.etsy.com/listing/184752996/steampunk-spirit-journal-smashbook

 

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starting new 2014 art journal smash book

For the last two years I have started to seriously journal and smash at least once a week.  You would not think that is so hard to do but finding the time and inspiration is sometimes difficult.  Here is the cover of the new journal that I just finished   I made a digital photo background on PSE  then I added some tissue paper to make some layers on the bottom.  I added wood cutouts of people to represent my family, gears, stars and the year 2014.  I painted all of them.  The clock is a metal embellishment and then I put Swarovski crystals to make the cover sparkle.  I put the collage on a piece of vintage paper and added a Graphic 45 ruler on the bottom.  The title of the journal is “2014 ; a year for change and travel”.  We shall see what it brings.  I will try to document the pages here in my blog.  Good luck to you and your families this year.ImageImageeImage