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DanaT
07-17-2003, 07:26 PM
What do y'all think of an Illustrated Journal project?

I was thinking that it would be fun and not too overwhelming if we started a project where everybody gets a blank journal and illustrates one page then sent it to the next person on the list. Everybody would keep illustrating one page at a time and sending the journal on till all the journals are filled. Then we would draw lots to see who gets to keep which journal. The best part is that at the end, everyone will have a journal that everyone has contributed to.

I think it would be such a creative boost to have the journal pop up in the mail and it wouldn't be a big pressure if we're just doing one page at a time.

Of course, as I'm thinking, we'd have to get a list or participants, make it small, all get comparable journals with the same size, same number of pages, etc.(or all buy the same journal over the internet) Lots of details I've probably missed.

So what do you think? :)

Comments, suggestions, ideas, welcomed.

judithj
07-17-2003, 09:33 PM
Hey Dana

I love journaling and this sounds really fun - it is just that mailing books is expensive - I was going to mail a kiddie book to my baby nephew last Christmas and it cost $10 - the book only cost $15...

That is here in Canada - perhaps where you are mailing is less expensive...

-Judith

Originally posted by DanaT
What do y'all think of an Illustrated Journal project?



So what do you think? :)

Comments, suggestions, ideas, welcomed.

DanaT
07-17-2003, 10:35 PM
yikes that's expensive!

we've got priority mail - I think the flat rate is $3.85 but thats gonna be 60$ just for mailing. Hmm, I like the idea of sharing a work; we could use the book with the detachable pages and just upload pictures of our pages here. When we're finished, we could mail our pages to each other. It could be fun to see a book come together at the end. That should be less than 10$

any other thoughts?

judithj
07-17-2003, 11:22 PM
I think it sound like a whole lot of fun - I 've been so busy with my painting I have gotten away from my journaling and I miss it - I would love to share the process like this.

For less that $10? - It costs 65 cents to send a regular sized letter to the US from Canada (I am not sure what size becomes oversized.)

I am not sure if a standard sized journal page would fit into a regular sized envelope...

Details are so annoying sometimes.

Thanks for suggesting a great idea.

-Judith

DanaT
07-19-2003, 09:15 AM
Hmmm, judith. Let's see. I'll just have to go to the stationery store and post office and scope this out.

:)

Any other suggestions appreciated.

JamieWG
07-19-2003, 02:28 PM
Hi Dana and everybody! I think this is my first post to this forum...

Dana, I'm dying to get back into my sketchbook journaling! Something like this would really help to get me started again...I did so well with it last summer, then lost motivation when the cold weather hit and I couldn't get out to sketch. I suppose I should be able to get up the motivation on my own to take it up again...sure do wish there were a project to enter one 9X12 page per week or something like that....I'm not sure I'd want to pass the journal around and end up with others' pages...would rather have all my own. But I know you've been working together as a group for quite some time and I'm sure it would be a very special thing for all of you to participate in together.

My rambling thoughts....feel free to ignore. I'm just thinking out loud!

Jamie

DanaT
07-19-2003, 08:01 PM
Hi Jamie.

Yes, we did want to share but lets hear your idea. What is your sketchbook journal? Is it a regular drawing sketchbook or does it combine sketching with other media and writing?

Welcome to Creativity and thanks for the suggestion. :)

JamieWG
07-19-2003, 10:13 PM
Originally posted by DanaT
Hi Jamie.

Yes, we did want to share but lets hear your idea. What is your sketchbook journal? Is it a regular drawing sketchbook or does it combine sketching with other media and writing?

Welcome to Creativity and thanks for the suggestion. :)

Hi Dana, and thanks for the welcome. I wrote in it and did various media in it, also color charts, notes I took from art books I was reading, lists of things I someday wanted to draw and paint, so on those days I couldn't come up with an original thought, I could fall back on my list, etc! I drew/painted at friends' houses, my garden, anything at all....I posted some pages from the journal during the winter. I suppose the best way for you to know what it is, is to see it. The thread is here...just scroll to my posts toward the bottom of the first page, continued onto the second.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=87934&highlight=Weekly%20Sketches

Then due to questions asked there I posted more of them in the beginning of this thread (1st or 2nd reply on the thread, I think), and described more of what I used the book for, with lots of uploaded pics:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=89400&highlight=Weekly%20Sketches

I don't know how something like this fits into your group plan though, Dana!

Jamie

DanaT
07-20-2003, 09:02 AM
Hi jamie.

Your sketchbook looks like mine only a bigger size (and maybe better paper) I use that as my catch all notebook to record impromptu people watching and sketching, test out compositional layouts, write notes to myself, etc. Its like a graphic notebook.

Since I came here, I've learned that other members do illustrated type journals, many times surrounding a theme. It's not a sketchbook per se but we haven't gotten enough feedback to determine which way we want to go.

We'll keep this in mind in case the other idea becomes impractical.

Thanks. :)

JamieWG
07-20-2003, 10:54 AM
Hi Dana. That sketchbook was only 5X7, but if I were to start up again, I'd use 9X12, and a spiral instead of book-bound!

Jamie

Rose Queen
07-20-2003, 12:33 PM
Dana, if you decided on a particular size paper and everyone left a one-inch margin on the spine and fore-edges, at the end of the project, you could have the pages spiral bound at Kinko's or some similar place for not very much money. Plus, you'd have all kinds of different paper in the journal, which would make the final product even more interesting!

Also, would it really matter in the end if people had folded their pages to fit in a standard letter envelope? If not, that would help with the mailing cost.



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DanaT
07-20-2003, 01:52 PM
Good idea, Rose! It makes each journal more of an original. If the journals should have 16 pages and we get 4 participants, then each participant would mail four pages each to 3 addresses. Even allowing for oversize postage, this should come to less than $10, plus of course whatever paper everyone wants to buy but that's up to individual discretion. Then everybody can buy a card stock for their cover. A person could do it for less than $20.

How does this sound, everybody? Would you want to take part? :)

Oh, I almost forgot the size. What are normal size journal pages? 8x10 I think?

Rose Queen
07-20-2003, 02:50 PM
I think that is the normal size for pages, but if you want folks to mail the pages flat and not fold them, perhaps half that size would be preferable to keep postage costs manageable (plus you could use only one sheet of card stock for a front and back cover when all is said and done).



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DanaT
07-20-2003, 04:43 PM
Hmmm, Rose. I like the postage saving features of the smaller size but wouldn't 5x8 be a bit small to work with? I don't know for sure, just some thoughts.

pastelist
07-20-2003, 07:27 PM
I think it is a great idea and would love to participate.
Thanks DanaT for such a great idea.

:clap:

DanaT
07-20-2003, 10:54 PM
Ok, i'm putting the project in the project queue. For the lucky few, rose queen may make a special contribution. ;)

for those of you that know rose's specialty, it won't be so hard to guess. :)

Rose Queen
07-20-2003, 11:50 PM
Ack! What are you getting me into, Dana!?!?!?! :eek: :eek: :eek:



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DanaT
07-21-2003, 08:46 AM
I kept it a secret to give you some wiggle room LOL

DanaT
07-22-2003, 10:01 PM
OK everybody, look for the project coming soon

DanaT
07-27-2003, 03:15 PM
Here it is :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=122151

lisilk
07-27-2003, 09:17 PM
:mad: :mad: :mad: ( Kicking myself for not having the time to join ! )

This sounds great. Just wish you'd started it in Sept. LOL. Have fun. I'll bet they will be beautiful !

Cheers,

Li