New Art Journal In The Making…

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I have this crazy idea—and I think I am actually going to do it…since it has been coming to mind so much, so frequently over the past few weeks. I am not too sure where the idea originated…but it keeps creeping in.

I want to take a lot of the art work –not all of it—that I did last year, that I did on mixed media and/or watercolor paper…and I want to use those pages to create an all new hand-bound art journal.

Last year was the first full year I dedicated myself to painting. I did a lot of work. Some of it good. Some of it…needing more work.

Never fear—I scanned every single piece I did…so there is a copy of it somewhere. I have files saved and backed-up and safe…hopefully…

However, this drive to create that journal keeps –poking at me poking at me…

I have gone back, in several different journals, and re-worked pages completely…turning them into something completely different than what it started out to be…every time I do that, it feels so good…

Do you know—it is not the re-working old art that bothers me, believe it or not…what is actually holding me back at this point is…I am halfway through filling up my very first hand-bound journal that I made for Book of Days with Effy Wild…awhile a go…last year I didn’t date a thing –plus, when I first made that journal…I was so afraid to use it that it took me awhile to start working in it…not to mention, I didn’t really do all that much classwork in this book…I didn’t really get into using this journal until this year—when I started to do my own thing…and that’s when the pages in it began to fill up.

I have that journal. Plus I have so many other journals—journals, altered books, all different sizes—some square, some rectangular…and I am in love with the circular and semi-circular journals I have seen online in recent months…

Do I really need to bind another book of my own? One I know will probably just sit there until who knows how long before I get around to using it.

In short—oh yeah…I know it is just a matter of time before I start digging up my old portfolios from last year where I have everything stored…then I will decide: what size am I creating…a multi-sized page book, or do I create different books for different sized pages?

One question leads to another…always…

Once I reach the point where I am creating the cover…I want to use what I learned in Lorraine Bell’s 21 Secrets Spring 2015 lesson…with what I learned from making the BOD journal (called Ocean)…and create a different journal all together.

The first thing I want to do is create a stronger, more interesting cover. I want to make sure that the cover is stiff…but I also want to create a more patchwork effect – for the outside…and then I do believe I either want to do a hidden binding—or a more ornate binding…plus I will need to ensure that my fold-over flap is a lot bigger than the one I did for Ocean…I thought surely six extra inches on the fold-over flap to close and secure this journal would be enough—but this journal is half-full at this point and I am in shock that so much of the fold-over has disappeared as the journal has bloomed.

Now…do I collect and assemble my pages first…or do I work on creating the cover first?

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