An Art Journal For My Purse

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Jeanne Oliver (oh, I SO love her) has a class called Woodland Girls And Other Natural Curiosities…a class that is so right up my alley on so many levels…
I am working my way through this class…one of the things that I have been inspired to do because of this class is: keep an art journal in my bag with me and taking it with me wherever I go …
Even though I am not all that thrilled with the larger dylusions journal that I have, I decided to buy the smaller one, because it was the right size for me…and I didn’t want to have to glue in an envelope to some other journal—I did not want to create and make and bind a journal of my own…not right now…I just wanted something done, something simple, and something with which I am familiar…and it didn’t have to be the best or the greatest as it will be mostly just a sketch journal…
So—I bought two of them…and another of the larger ones as well, because, apparently, I am a glutton for punishment…but I found it on sale brand-new and it was too good to pass up…and now that I know gesso everything it’s not the worst thing in the whole world…cough cough…
Ok—and so maybe I was hoping the first one I got was more of a fluke and I would grow a greater appreciation for them as I worked in them…
Uh huh…then the smaller ones arrived.
Whatever things I dislike about the larger journal…oh, the smaller one is so much … worse…and that surprises me. I mean, really surprises me. I was set up to be ok with the paper not being what I want, but being happy about the way the book is put together and yada yada…I expected … a smaller version of the larger journal. I expected it would operate the same way…ya know?
Expectations…they get ya every time.
I do not know what to say…I was actually excited to get my hands on these journals…and then here they are…and I … I just don’t know. I opened it up, ready for it to lay open and flat like the bigger ones do…and … they don’t. It is a bit of a struggle—nothing overwhelming or anything—it’s just a wrangle—to open the book to any given spread and make the book lie open and flat…
On the whole, I think the smaller journals are basically … a lot less cooperative than their larger counterparts…
They seem to be put together the same way…mostly. The smaller ones have three pages per signature. It’s still sewn in the same way. Same brown outer cover. Same envelope on the inside front cover. The elastic closure is fine and present. Nothing too untoward. I know I am projecting here…but the smaller journals basically just seem … grumpier … and less willing to work with you (me)…
That isn’t stopping me.
I have not yet even considered decorating the inner or the outer cover. I have glued the first and last pages down to the inside covers. I am slowly covering all the pages with clear gesso…clear gesso is my friend in a big big way now…made especially easier and more fun after viewing this video on how to make my own clear gesso…
I’ll let you know how this first journal turns out.
I had been considering creating a collage journal…and my second small dylusions journal may be perfect for that process…we’ll have to see when I am ready to go there…

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