Saturday, August 17, 2019

A Year of Rumi : Your heart knows the way

I've been making a series of art cards called "Klimt in the garden with Rumi" inspired by Effy's A Year of Rumi online class. This is my collection so far this year
My art cards are inspired by the quotes and completely different from Effy's lessons. I've always had the thought I'd go back and do some pages my art journal inspired by her art. I did both a card and a journal page for the February lesson : 
I always learn something from the lessons I take with Effy, and since I couldn't decide which lesson to pick next for my art journal, I decided to go back to the first from the year. This is my original art card
This is Effy's art (advertised on Patreon HERE)
And what follows are the steps in my interpretation of her lesson and techniques in my journal. I had cleaned off my stencils from my previous project on the next pages, so this was my base to begin : 
A layer of gold and delicious acrylic inks
Gathering possible collage elements - great thing is I had all this inky goodness in my stash ♥
Auditioning - I really feel drawn to using the tags....
and then decided that machine stitching them together would be great for added texture before gluing them down
The quote and a few more highlights completed the spread
Find out more about the "A Year with Rumi" class with Effy Wild HEREYou can also enjoy this class by joining Effy's Patreon account and paying monthly. 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Art journal construction ideas

I love handmade books and art journal construction was the topic we covered in my monthly Art Journal class on Wednesday night. Thought I'd bring the book forms discussed here in one place for inspiration for next time you bind an art journal. 
Simple binding of papers into a cover  : we talked about the 3-hole pamphlet stitch (easily modified to 5) = if you start inside you finish inside, if you start outside you can leave longer tails and decorate. 
As I was starting to gather my ideas for this class, Marit shared her first post for Quirky Dutch Summer : Journal with a canvas cover. It utilises this simple stitched technique (instructions HERE) and includes a nice idea for using canvas. 
My fabric book wrap had pages included using this method. This one I finished to the outside so that I could add beading to the spine.
And I couldn't show this one in class because it's been gifted away but you can enjoy it HERE (same pamphlet stitch, multiple signatures) : 
You can make this simple signature stitch look more complicated with a double cover
This book I finished with a simple knot inside the signature.
It's also easy to stitch pages in with your machine. I stitched messy lines in the centre of this canvas cover, and then stitched through pages that began as manila folders. Just lengthen your stitch length and stitch slowly
We talked about creating a journal from one piece of paper. Watch Dina Wakley do it on YouTube HERE.
My pansy book used the single piece of paper technique above and the simple pamphlet stitch.
We also discussed ideas for binding journal pages you’ve created on separate sheets of paper. Altering recycled ring-binders as covers is fun 
and then you can hole punch your art pages, or stick/stitch your pages onto base pages with punched holes. I don't have an example of my own, so this is a photo from Tam at Willowing using this method. 
You can also create full spreads on watercolour paper and then sew them together after. This was the method I used for binding the lessons from Tam's She Blooms in ink Class. 
You could also use the above technique to stitch art to base pages for binding. You can also create individual pages that are the same size and then bind them using a concertina paper hinge technique that you'll find HERE. 
You can tie pages into a cover - we thought this would be a good idea for saving special occasion cards.
Then we moved to the challenges of repurposing/strengthening old books for use as journals. This is where I introduced my current recycled art journal. You can remove pages before you start – use masking tape for reinforcing joins or to mend tears. 
Or just let your journal bloom and rebind if necessary. I use Bear tape – also could be called Duck tape.  Needs to be strong and wide and sticky. 
I mostly I leave altering my covers until the end. I love to start with a base of gold and then add layers including stencils and serviettes as 2 of my favourite recurring elements. The cover above ended up like THIS
Another fun thing is to replace a cover - when I made my watercolour journal in 2014, it had a spiral binding which meant I was easily able to make a new front cover with Pelmet Vilene
There are lots of fun methods of making holders for individual pages. This is a stitched envelope
and I made this lap top cover  (also gifted away) which could just as easily contain art journal pages : 
This is my Klimt in the Garden box
Also fun are Continuous pages like my cotton reel book : 
and simple concertina books like that made for me by Zsuzsa of our combined art projects
I love my Canvas book which has a variation on folding to make its cover
My Garden accordion book holds tags 
And this tag book is one of my favourite projects 
Birgit Koopsen also has a great method for making tag books. Find her instructions on Youtube HERE
I finished by sharing my Butterfly Star Book : you can find instructions to make this form HERE.
Loved gathering all these methods for class and this post. I am amazed at how many different book forms I have made so far. Hope you find time to create this week.
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