Mini-Journal Love

 

Creating this little cutie was big fun.  I cut up a previously-painted and collaged canvas right off its wood frame and ripped the sides for imperfect edges.  One of my best thrift shop finds was an 1800’s ledger filled with tiny writing.  Using a few of its pages, and following some on-line make-your-own-journal instructions, I created this booklet using a large-eyed needle and some burlap twine. When I showed it to my husband, he recalled making such a booklet in grade school…there you go!

Tough Enough

I love starting a new, blank journal.  There’s something about opening to that fresh, first page and envisioning what type of medium will touch it first. Whether sketching or painting, the first page seems to launch the theme for the remaining ones.

Recently while shopping Hobby Lobby’s extensive selection of journals, I was pleased to find a large, 11″x 14″ sketchbook.  While the paper was only 70 lb. and not the first choice for mixed media, I decided to try it because I liked the idea of creating on the oversized pages…a canvas-sized journal!  Well, it held up stoutly, which as you can see, is loaded with a variety of medium – acrylics, inks, watercolor, oil pastels, pencils and pens.

The next time you’re ready for a fresh journal, challenge yourself with a larger size.  I think you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can fill it up.  And if you can’t find it in 140 lb., give the 70 a try, it’s tough enough!

TIP:  You can’t go wrong with a first layer of gesso for either weight paper, but I wouldn’t go any lower than 70 lb.

“And all at once, Summer collapsed into Fall.” – Oscar Wilde

Tired of the same old stencils in your stash?  It’s the perfect time of year to take a walk and find some of nature’s best, and they’re free!

This pretty one was brushed with black acrylic paint, pressed onto 70 lb. paper, dried, torn and glued onto a piece of white stitched linen.  A beautiful cover for your next mini journal!

I so enjoy this season of change, which is really God reminding us He is here.  e.