This is my first journaling update in my new journal. I am happy I have a lot to share, but not so happy about how the pages turned out. This journal is different than my last, the paper is watercolor paper rather than heavy card stock like paper, so the texture is different and the pens and markers I use are reacting differently. It also is stitched, so I do not have the flexibility of working on pages outside the book, and lastly, the pages are bigger so it is more of a challenge for me to fill an entire page.
That said, Here is what i have accomplished this week in Journal #2. Nothing too deep - more just getting used to the new format.
This first page (and inside cover which is a antique dictionary page with the word "Hope" on it from Cammy) just was playing around, kinda a fresh start for the new journal, I wrote about where I was and where I wanted to head. The girl on the bottom corner is from a 1800's trade card.
I like to do a self portrait, I did the same in my old journal so I think it may be a tradition, to do this in every one. I wrote about things I love about myself, and embarrassingly, this was very very hard to do and took quite a while. On the left I wanted to play more with my markers and get a feel for how they react on the page... so I started on a what inspires me page - it is fun to do this every month or so to see how my influences change.
This page on the left is still waiting to be finished. I painted it with watered down acrylic paints with some liquid pearl stuff mixed in. On the right is a spinner - you can not really see from the photo, but in the blue scalloped sideways triangle, is a box that spins and gives me different journaling prompts I want to work on. I need to finish the page, but I was happy with my spinner.
This page was just worked on yesterday and last night. I had a fun crafting day with Kelli & Cammy and I wrote about that on some of the supplies we were using. I also wrote a little about how even in my thirties I STILL get insecure when around new friends, feeling like I am overbearing and talking too much so they will not like me, etc. I need to get over that, and I wrote about it to help identify when it occurs so I can try to work on it.
Close up of some of my pages. The right is Trixie, from one of the rubber stamp sets I designed.
So that is it. Did you see Kari's update this week? I hope to work on the magnetic attraction 101 exercise she just finished over the weekend, along with the naming your petals exercise Ali Edward posted about today.
Please share any good prompts you have been working on lately!
Since I mentioned using old papers in my work I thought I would share a work in progress and the finished work.
I LOVE working small - so keep in mind this girl is no more than 3 1/2 inches tall. The only new items on this project were the frames - the tiny white one she is holding, the one the finished piece is in. All other trims, papers, millinery are old...
Working with small paper is hard enough, but when you are working with old frail papers, it is even harder. I use a pair on non-stick craft tweezers and I do a lot of reinforcing on the backs of every little piece I put together. I use a glue stick, tacky glue and double sided tape. Double sided tape works really well for lining things up... I will add it to the back of something and lightly put it down and play with the angle - when I have it just right I will firmly press down to make it stick. For example, I had started her out on top of an old photo and had her lightly attached so I could hold it up and see how she looked- but decided I did not like that for the background - and moved her to the inside of a piece of a small antique sheet music book. Really I need to be able to move things around a lot to see how they look before I commit - it really is a process of finding what works - sometimes it can take days of playing around for me until it all clicks.
Anyway - there it is - a small peek into the way I work.
I really love using original old papers in my work, but also use some new items. Here is a little breakdown of what I used for my most recent journal cover. You can also click the image to see the notes on flickr if you prefer.
Clockwise from top
1. sheet music cover from the mid 1800's
2. vintage goodies from tinsel trading put to good use :)
3. dollie (for the party store) with vintage ledger paper in the center
4. vintage text atop a jenni bowlin sticker
5. My FAVORITE anna griffin paper - running very low... wish I had more
6. ladies from a mid 1800's fashion magazine with more old text behind them
7. old text from the early 1800's
8. seam binding from one hundred wishes
9. sheet music form the mid 1800's
These are some of my favorite supplies. Other favorites include victorian trading cards and vintage lace. What are some of your favorites?
Stay tuned for an upcoming post that tells you about the materials I used for my new journal's cover in the next day or so.
This weeks journaling is pretty nonexistent. Between going away (I PROMISE to post about that soon) and catching up when I got home - the journaling got set aside a bit.
BUT I did spend Thursday over at Cammy's (we missed you Kelli - looking forward to next week!!) and she was sooooo patient with me and was able to walk me through hand stitching an journal! We played (and talked) all day - and I came home and continued to work on it even more.
We made quite a beautiful mess...
and had a little helper....
So here is what I have so far - I still have some things to add (and note the stars in the top middle, they were a purchase from my NYC trip from Tinsel Trading)...
I hope to have some pages done in it over the weekend and have something more to share next week!
I have been a fan of Lisa Stickley for sometime, but recently her products appeal to me even more than before.
I already have this bag and just adore it
I just ordered this for the kitchen
P.S. I am back home from my trip to New York and to visit the Stationery Show - I will fill you in on that in the upcoming days!
Hope Wallace is known for mixing old elements with modern principles to create unique and original designs. Her work has been featured in several national magazines, design blogs and print publications over the last 9 years.
Hope also has a love for art journaling and enjoys sharing her pages with others to inspire them to start
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