To overcome the dreaded blank journal page, I made my previous journal with colored cardstock, which helped a little. For my latest journal, I went a step further, using some delicious commercial scrapbooking paper and some painted deli paper instead of blank pages.
|Randomly painted colorful deli paper was used for the journal pages.|
Two thin sheets of painted deli paper were put back to back and glued
together with matte medium to form each page.
|Commercial printed paper and painted deli paper covered the |
folder cardboard, and signatures of colorful paper were sewn in
to each fold.
|For the journal cover, heavy cardboard was covered with my|
own fabric, which I designed and was printed on cotton by Spoonflower.
|Pieces of commercial scrapbook paper was cut to size for |
some of the journal pages.
|The unfinished journal, with both commercial paper and |
painted deli paper.The tied signature pages are visible.
Once the journal was done, I still stared at the pages and thought "oh, this is too pretty to mess up!" But I pressed ahead and worked on the page anyway.
|First completed page of the new journal|
I used a beautiful photo of a poppy--one of my favorite flowers--that was torn from a Spring fashion catalogue. It went nicely with the pink painted deli paper background. In my stash, I found a little bottle of Lumiere acrylic paint, so I used it with some stencils to add texture.
Then I added words that popped into my head. I am always thinking about art--designing some new project in my head, or doodling, or scribbling down ideas or taking a photo of something that inspires me, so I wrote those thoughts.
Some of the pink painted deli paper shows through, which is much more interesting than the standard white page.
After the first journal page was done, I was on a roll, so I also finished part of a shared "hands" project. Originally we were going to start painting or drawing on a hand shape, then mail it around and each person would add a little bit...kind of like a chain letter. However, one of the participants decided to make a book, so I took her blank hand shape, and used it like a little journal page, applying stamps, stencils and words randomly to the front and back.
|Palm of hand, with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer stamp and|
|Front of hand, with stamps, stencils, paint and markers.|