The more I delve into mixed media the more I look around me for things to incorporate into my work. I have several art journals that I am working on but that doesn't seem to be enough. I had some paper grocery sacks in my craft room from doing an ATC card and I thought, hmm..why not. So I took a few and cut them and folded them. That is when thing got exciting. How fun to paint/journal one side at a time and them when finished sew them into a journal! This is awesome on so many levels. First, you have freedom to move your page around. Secondly, once you cover with gesso, your page feels just like the inside of a store bought journal. And last but not least, huge cost savings!!!!
Down the road, maybe soon, I will be giving a class in art journaling. What an inexpensive way for my students to get their feet wet without a huge investment.
Here is my first page. It was inspired by a layout in the book, Art Journal Freedom by Dina Wakley. I just love her! I am inspired by so many artists out there and she is definitely at the top of the list.
I painted over the sack with Gesso and then set aside to dry. I then cut out four 31/2" squares out of an old manilla file folder. I painted, stenciled and stamped them similarly but not exact. The using one of my Pitt Pens I journaled a few thoughts and then added a cutout to the bottom square.
For the background I did a wash of light blue paint. Then I added some of the green color that I had in my squares as well as some stamped images. This was to bring it all together. I then outlined the squares and some of the background with my Stabilo pencil. I blended it in with a tad of water and then sprayed with fixative so it wouldn't run anymore.
I am kind of happy with the results.