Free tutorial Altered book art journal

moongoddess-cover-redo  Here is the process; I start with an old book that I thin out every 3rd page. Then I glue 3 pages of the book together to make a strong base for the art work. I use white gesso to paint every page and let them dry. Finally comes the fun part. I paint each page with metallic  (lumiere paints)and glitter paints making a book with a rainbow of colors.moon   goddess 1.jpgI added a hand made pocket with a tag here.moon-goddess-3

Then I put pieces of my art work, Graphic 45 paper, envelops, tags, stamps, clips and other items on the inside pages of the altered book.moongoddress-1 This is one of my handmade tags.

The cover is made by cutting an oval and placing the photo in the inside cover.  The back  cover is also  texturized  ( with glue and tissue paper) , gesso, stained and painted. The gears, the clock and the key are added with gesso.  I touched up with distress inks and gold foil swirls. There are 8 Swarovski AB crystals. I have added a ribbon closure to keep all your art work safely insidemoongoddess-tie. The Image of the Moon Goddess is one of my original metallic photo composites.

Hope you enjoy the photos and the altered book.   I make about one of these a month and sell them when they are done in my Etsy store; https://www.etsy.com/shop/LDphotography

This book was sold right away.

 

If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will answer them.  Happy creating!

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Somerset Studio published one of my scrapbook pages

Thank you, Brianne Martin the managing editor of Somerset Studio for including my work in the Winter 2016 Gallery edition of the magazine. I am so honored to be in this wonderful publication. My friend Kim Collister is also in this edition of the Gallery.
Here is my mixed media scrapbook page; Pistol. I made this page to  honor  my Grandmother, Dee.  She was a wild and captivating woman. Born in Mexico around 1900 and then grew up in Calexico. She was a woman who loved life and men. A person who lived a juicy life.

The style was inspired by Finnabair, a Polish artist who does some remarkable mixed media collages.

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

Easy and quick Photo fold outs for a journal, smash book, or scrapbook page tutorial

Still working on ways to quickly and easily make photo fold outs for art journals or smash books or scrapbooks.  Sometimes I have just a little time to work in my art journal and I just want to add a photo in a way that is a  little different than just sticking it in with tape.   Here are two simple ideas to use that just require folding and tape.

 

Image  Fairy fold out;  Just fold a piece of decorator card stock and stamp a fairy or anything on top.

Imagethis is a piece of Graphic 45 paper stock that I cut out and made a window fold out for my journal.

Both of these ideas take less than 10 minutes to do but add an extra dimension to your work.  Happy creating !  Linda