Since I can't say no, I have taken on the responsibility of my son's Art Club at his school this year. I really want the students to make their own art journals. I decided I needed to make one first. I had been searching the Internet and several library books hoping to find directions for homemade sketchbooks and stumbled upon one that seemed the least expensive to put together.
Low and behold, it cost me not a single penny to make this book and I was very pleased with the results. After digging through several drawers, bins, and trash cans I was able to round up plenty of paper (all recycled). I even threw in several pieces of used watercolor paper.....you know those paintings I'm not happy with that are put aside.....yep, some of those ended up in the book. Other miscellaneous papers included newspaper (the arts and entertainment section of course), coloring book pages, a print out of a map, and a page out of a magazine. You could use any paper you can find around the house......old text books, atlases, wrapping paper. The possibilities are endless. The cover consists of two chip boards from the back of an old notebook covered with some wonderful coordinating scrapbook paper. I sewed the pages together and voila.......instant art journal! Free!
Now don't think I've given up on my watercolor painting......I'll have some watercolor pages in the journal as well. And I don't intend on making my blog about art journaling, but I will share the occasional "cool" page that comes along.
The plumeria are still in the works as well. I haven't quite reached my "a-ha" moment with the painting, but it's getting close. I had to re-do this painting. Well, actually I started over. Don't be surprised to find the first attempt in one of my future homemade art journals as paper fodder. Let me know what you think of the plumeria. I'm in that stage where I could use some suggestions on strengthening the piece. Happy Friday all!!