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Nickel
12-01-2015, 07:19 PM
Introduction to "Junk Journal Project"

Projected Start/End Date, January 6th 2016 - February 6th.

You are invited to create your own "Junk Journal":wave:

Did “Junk Journal” get your attention?

What’s that?
And more important, why do I want to make one?
And if I do want to make one, how?
And once I make it, what then?


First, let’s just start off with my descriptor for describing what a “junk journal” is;


bits and pieces of material you collect, remade into artistic book type journal.


However, a “junk journal” is not a scrapbook or a smash book or an average art journal.

A “junk journal” is a hand-crafted work of art.

Nothing outside or inside the journal is specifically bought for your journal but collected, recycled, remade, recreated by you for your intended purpose.


Second your purpose in making this type of journal is about you learning about you.

But saying that, this particular project, the purpose is about expanding our creativity.

“Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.”

_James Russell Lowell, American Poet, 1819-1891

Granted, not everyone is interested in expanding creativity, they are interested in making product for resale and profit.
So in the meantime of expanding ourselves, you may learn an additional source of income making product for your artistic portfolio.
These type of journals sell for a good amount of money but the price is always based on quality of artistic merit and beauty.
Your journal might sell because some designer thinks it matches the room’s decor. You never know.

I think as far as fair pricing an empty designed journal for sale, for example, base your retail cost on the amount of time you invest, three hours at $15.00 dollars an hour would equal $45.00 total cost, not including shipping. Based on your fame, adjust your price accordingly.

Third, how you make your journal will depend on your collected supplies.

This means what you have to create with; empty cereal boxes, paper you have doodled on, napkins, old broken jewelry.

I’ll put together a general supply list in the next day or so, in the meantime, start to save your junk mail, envelopes in particular, open them with a knife along the upper top edge where they are stamped.

Also, Christmas cards and their envelopes will be great for this project.

Lastly, now you’ve made your “junk journal” what are you going to do with it.

Well we have already mentioned you might sell it.

But if you want, you can make this journal for keeping bits and pieces of information that you find are educational, for example; keeping a record of your progress and participation in the draw/paint hands and feet thread in Classical Art forum.

Or, you can make this journal for a gift for yourself or others based on a theme like upcoming Valentines, Easter, St Patrick's Day.

To summarize, we will make a “junk journal” out of collected, recycled paper, recreated into a hand-crafted artist journal of various themes.

FYI note: I’ve have not made one of these junk journals. However, I have hand-crafted my own art, notebook journals for years, the only difference is that here we will reuse paper rather than new art paper, unless that is what you doodled on and want to use. Another way of describing why they are called “junk journals”

There will be some guidance to this project, ideas, etc for you to use as a guideline. It will be our style although there are many types of junk journal videos and tutorials out on the web. We invite you to join us and create.

More to come. Including pictures.
Lol, I am more visual than all this writing. :)

As a guest host for this project I wish to give many thanks to June, Robin and Janet for their faithful support of Classical Art Forum.

An idea, for summertime when you can do this outside.
make your own paper from junk mail (http://www.instructables.com/id/Artisan-Craft-Paper-From-Junk-Mail/)

Some famous people who kept diaries, journals, notebooks, collected bits and pieces…..we are just keeping tradition......:)

Frida Kahlo
Paul Klee
Marie Bashkirtseff

Charles Wilson Peale
Virginia Woolf
Leonardo da Vinci

Edvard Munch
Pablo Picasso
Beatrix Potter

artbyjune
12-02-2015, 02:43 AM
Great project nickel! I have never made a junk journal either. Looking forward to participating. I'll start collecting flyers and mail to upcycle as a journal!

Will we have one theme for all of us? Or will we choose our own theme, if any?

Nickel
12-02-2015, 08:55 PM
Will we have one theme for all of us? Or will we choose our own theme, if any?


Thanks June, if one wants to do their own theme, that's great!
Otherwise I'll have some ideas if anyone wants guidance.

Almost have the supply list created. Will post soon.

azulparsnip
12-04-2015, 06:51 AM
oh my, it is like when we walk around and do stuff during the day we find something and then kinda doodle with it in our mind....and then pop it into the journal some way.......like a creative interaction with the environment.....wow, ....are we making our own pages and then binding them together after we accumulate to many?

Nickel
12-04-2015, 06:46 PM
Hi Robin

We will be adding those creative interactions with the environment on to the papers we decorate. Each journal will be uniquely our own. Maybe some common elements between us.

For right now, part of the supplies we will need, the main part is paper.

We will be making a
cover
3 signatures of 4 envelopes/cards each

Please start to save


either *14 envelopes you've received in the mail
(I'm saving type #10, the long kind 4" x 8" you get business mail.

or

*14 greeting cards


these will be the heart of the junk journal

You can mix and match papers, if you like but I am using one type per book.

We will decorate these papers and bind them into a journal.

After we have our book together we will fill it with art.


We will need a cardboard cereal box to make the cover or a similar texture box.


Anything personal on the envelops or cards should be masked out with paint/marker/gesso to make unintelligible before posting on the internet. That would include bar codes on envelopes.

I'll be saving my stamps to incorporate into the design, if you have any.
Postmarked stamps are ok. At least for me.

*the two extra in 14 is just in case you need an extra.

Nickel
12-06-2015, 09:46 AM
Supplies for Junk Journal #1

Below find list of things to collect, don’t go out and buy, just look around and see what you have on hand. Also, you don’t need all of these things, just what you have that you like and might want to reuse in a new and beautiful way.

Find things you can have feelings about or reflect you in some way.

We will recycle our collected paper into new pretty paper for our junk journal.

Find an empty cardboard box to keep stuff in, or file folder, or plastic baggie.
Use some of your saved recycled envelopes to organize bits in.

Part one

Paper sources:

empty cereal boxes
(think heavier paper for making your covers or
you can recycle an old pair of jeans or some other type of recycled fabric if you prefer.)

napkins
(look around at all those Christmas & New Year parties. multilayer napkins will need to be separated for glueing to paper)

gift wrap paper

bits of doodle or collected paper you like

use old pattern paper used for making clothes

Christmas, New Year Cards you want to recycle.

Old photographs
(Make copies of originals and use the copy for your project.)

FYI - Try to keep sizes of papers organized together, good place to use those recycled envelopes.
You may also want to keep texture and colors separate.
Really depends on how organized you need to be and if you try to control things.
Some people will prefer to just take and make their “junk journal” a very random assortment of different papers. Some people don’t even change the paper, just use it as is. It’s really totally up to you.

Part two

glue/ or matte medium/ in addition a glue stick, maybe you might want something else, use what you have.

You will need
two buttons, one large, one small for your closure

A rubber band/or cord that you will use for a closure.


String/cord of some type for binding your signatures, heavier would be better, like string you use for cooking or possibly granny’s yarn.

Access to a needle that will fit your string/cord.

A nail punch/hole poker.

An old spoon for burnishing down paper

For carving your stamps , you will make one at least. You will need
a nail with a flat top and point bottom used for carving out your design from a raw potato.

Toothpicks for carving

A potato is not required but for those that don’t have printmaking supplies, a potato will work for this project.

Let us know if you use something else other than a potato.

*We will discuss themes when the project starts.



“Happiness. . . it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” _FDR

artbyjune
12-06-2015, 11:28 AM
I see people use tea and coffee to stain papers and give them a vintage look. I have used coffee and tea dyes on old book papers and even just computer print out paper and it works very well. I just discovered someone on youtube using balsamic vinegar to stain paper...I haven't tried that one yet!!

Its a way of prettying-up plain old white paper.

I love your list and it is making me get in the mood to make a journal.

I am glad we are having this month to collect and to think ...time to percolate/ brew our ideas. Couldn't resist the pun!

Nickel
12-06-2015, 11:49 AM
Hi June, great idea about tea and coffee staining paper.
Folk add that to your list. :)

Just was thinking too,
we will be making our own "washi type tape" from
regular masking tape, so find some of that to add to your supplies.

trafford
12-07-2015, 02:00 PM
I was so intrigued that I went in and watched a couple of tutorials on Junk journals and there are all types of binders...small and large. One girl crumples up her paper...but she was so annoying that I never found out what she did with it.:angel:

Have to come out of my blues and try this :heart:

Nickel
12-07-2015, 08:37 PM
Hi Janet, I feel like you watching the youtubers. Some are good to watch but others, switch the channel. :) I'm so glad you will be joining us. I'm looking forward to what we do. A few cats peaking around the edge of a paper maybe? We could try some crumpled paper too, making our own ending.

trafford
12-18-2015, 11:31 AM
https://www.etsy.com/listing/234869560/monthly-paris-letters-12-paris-sketch?ref=related-2

Thought I'd post this link...not exactly a junk journal, but a neat idea. I follow her web site, because it's nice to think I'm in Paris once in a while. Now she is selling on Etsy

Nickel
12-20-2015, 11:02 AM
Janet, thank you for the link! :wave:
What a very nice idea she has with her Paris Letters. She has a lovely collection. I hope she does well.

Fish<><
12-23-2015, 09:22 AM
Sounds like a lot of fun! If I can find some time between work and kids I will try to jump in. Great way to start a new year!

Nickel
12-24-2015, 11:12 AM
Hi Keith, hope you can join us! I'm looking forward to it!
You can let the kids color some of your background work on some of your collected papers. :)

Fish<><
12-25-2015, 05:21 AM
Great idea, Nickel! I need to put them to work anyway. :lol:

Is it cheating that I work at a print shop and constantly have his of scrap material available?

Nickel
01-06-2016, 11:07 AM
Let's get started!

Using envelops that came in the mail

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2016/39040-P1020499.JPG

Fold in half
Make three sets of four folded envelopes
These will be your signatures



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2016/39040-P1020510.JPG

Make a needle out of an open paper clip.
Thread is twin used to cook with.
Three lengths, 16 inches long.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2016/39040-P1020504.JPG

Then make a template for punching holes in your envelopes/cover

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2016/39040-P1020505.JPG

I'm using an old ice pick to punch holes, use what you have.
The twin will go through the holes easier this way.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2016/39040-P1020517.JPG

Using a cracker box for the cover.

More to come in next post.

Nickel
01-06-2016, 11:14 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2016/39040-P1020518.JPG

Use your template to punch holes in box cover

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2016/39040-P1020519.JPG

Thread your twin in from the outside of the box toward the center. Leave a tail about five inches long. Line up your envelopes go through the center and back out through the cover.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2016/39040-P1020520.JPG

Tie twin on back. Do not trim

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2016/39040-P1020521.JPG

Tie all three signatures, leave twin untrimed for now.
More in next post.

Nickel
01-06-2016, 11:20 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2016/39040-P1020522.JPG

Your inside will sort of look like this.
I haven't trimmed the cracker box yet.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2016/39040-P1020523.JPG

Here the box has been trimmed for height but not length.
I am leaving the length along for now.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2016/39040-P1020525.JPG

Looking at the top end.

More in next post

Nickel
01-06-2016, 11:31 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2016/39040-P1020526.JPG

Getting started now on filling the journal.
Skipping first page as that will be a title page and starting on the second page.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2016/39040-P1020527.JPG

Here is my first page. A sketch of Janus. Looking forward, looking backward.
Entry into this journal.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janus

Make a entry for your journal.
Say hello. Welcome to the good within that is to come.

Please post pictures of what you've collected.
And how you are starting.

I think it will be best to work on decorating the cover at the end.
Give yourself room to make mistakes putting the book together.
It's creative work, not perfect. :heart:

Let's have a good time.

Nickel
01-06-2016, 11:34 AM
Here's a link to a
beginner's guide to bookbinding on youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGqmtuMAhGk

trafford
01-11-2016, 07:29 AM
Nickel, I'm a little confused. Think I'll go back and read everything again from the beginning of the project. Are the envelopes holding the papers? I wanted to put some crappy papers in mine including brown bag paper.

I'll get back after I read again. I have a cereal box for starters. :heart:

Nickel
01-11-2016, 08:31 AM
Janet, great idea for your papers.

I'm using the envelopes as the paper for the journal.
Gluing , collaging, drawing onto the envelopes.

Since the envelopes are opened, you can stick stuff inside if you want. :heart:

azulparsnip
01-11-2016, 02:08 PM
oh, this is good direction....I did not save any envelopes but I'll try and stick something together.....got some old calandar pages that I could cut down and use for a base.......

Nickel
01-11-2016, 10:18 PM
Robin, old calendar pages sound great for your base!

Looking forward to what you all do! :)

artbyjune
01-18-2016, 11:03 AM
Here's a free art (junk) journal class you might like to look into.

http://acolorfuljourney.com/permission-to-play-a-free-mixed-media-workshop/

I thought I might give it a go soon.

I haven't started a junk journal construction as yet!! Busy with painting project.

Nickel
01-19-2016, 11:02 AM
Hi June, That's a great link, thanks.

It's not looking like too many people have time
right now to make a junk journal, busy time of year.

I've worked on mine. It's seems to me, that it is more
crafty type of work, not something that may appeal to all.


Mine has lean toward drawing, painting, quotes, inspiration
to get through these cold, hard days of winter.

I will say that it takes some time to work in the book and
it really work that is in progress. Especially if you are going to layer
anything into a page, takes time to think about it.

So far, I'd say I've
not really gotten a page to a finish statement although
I've worked on over half the pages in the book.
Just work a little on each page, some more than others.

It's really hard to know what I think about this type of book
until it is finished. Paintings have their ugly stage, so does this book.
I don't know if they get better?

clode
01-19-2016, 11:31 AM
I will follow with interest this kind of challenge as I take pleasure baucoupmais does not include any request .. what I look; ..bravo .. by far the idea is excellent!

artbyjune
01-19-2016, 02:25 PM
Good instructions for binding your journal, Nickel. I also like your Janus imagery. Perfect for the time of year and the start of a new project!!


Maybe it will take us all some time to do this project since we have to make the journal and then start filling it up.

I collected my junk and my cardboard containers, so that's a step forward.

Today, I did a page in a small 'junk' journal...which luckily came ready made as a booklet/flyer...and didn't need any binding by me. I just gessoed the pages and started on an inside page spread.

But it will be good to try constructing a journal with various papers, as per the project

Here's my junk journal page. One way of filling a constructed or ready-made junk journal I guess.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jan-2016/106623-maketime1a5k.jpg


4 by 8 ins spread.

I used my hand-made rubber stamp on the LHS. Rest is collage.

:wink2:

Nickel
01-19-2016, 11:04 PM
Hi Clode, welcome!

June, love the bright orange and pocket watch. Like the little guy with the big head. :) Yes make time. I heard a quote today, made me think, we don't run out of ideas, we run out of time.

Thank you for sharing your page. :) I like the idea of using a ready made flyer booklet. I've seen many that would be good to recycled into a journal.

Good idea is to be inspired :) just like you wrote!

I like your stamp too!

artbyjune
01-20-2016, 04:40 AM
I'm thinking of binding this booklet in to my junk journal as one of the signatures!

artbyjune
01-20-2016, 08:11 AM
Here's my first signature sewn in.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2016/106623-birdsbox1a6k.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2016/106623-firstsigview2a6k.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2016/106623-firstsig1a6k.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2016/106623-insidefirstsig1a6k.jpg

Its a small journal to start me off...only about 4 ins sq.

Bye...
:wave:

artbyjune
01-20-2016, 08:12 AM
I left the box untrimmed as I don't know what I'll be doing with the cover!

Nickel
01-20-2016, 08:49 AM
Nice pictures June! I like your ideas!

I have trim my cover some but wish I had kept the flaps to fold over and glue down making the cover thicker but too late now. It's an option to consider.

My cover is becoming more pliable, which I am liking, the more I open and close the book.

I like your signature sewing. :)

artbyjune
01-20-2016, 10:33 AM
Thanks nickel! I gathered papers and envelopes to make more signatures. I will leave a little space between signatures to allow them to fatten up after using collage and so forth on the pages as I fill the journal. My next sets will just go in without pre gessoing!! That way I can use the words or images or colours to spark the journal entry!

Its a relaxing project!! I love it.

azulparsnip
01-20-2016, 07:56 PM
Okay - the beginner bookbinding tutorial was really helpful and then watched a couple more. I hope to get something pulled together soon. Have been saving things and starting to get a "fun" feeling........Hope to be back soon with something to share:cat:

artbyjune
01-22-2016, 01:48 PM
A few more pics..more signatures added. Envelopes, flyers, maps...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jan-2016/106623-concertinaview1a6k.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jan-2016/106623-allsigsbottom1a6k.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jan-2016/106623-showenvies1a6k.jpg

:thumbsup:

Small journal but handy for doing just a five minute thing on a page, and because its junk mail mostly, I can relax with it.:)

Nickel
01-23-2016, 08:55 PM
Hi Robin, looking forward to whatever you do and hearing about the fun you had doing it! :)

June your book is looking awesome! I love how fat you've got it! :)

Nickel
01-25-2016, 11:34 AM
Let's take a peek at some of my progress. :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020541.JPG

front page watercolor

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020542.JPG

Horace inspired

he who has begun has half of the deed done; dare to be wise, dare to begin

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020543.JPG

Wrapped around quote of George Bush 2004

We will build new ships to carry man forward into the universe, to gain new foothold on the moon, and to prepare for new journeys to worlds beyond our own.

Nickel
01-25-2016, 11:40 AM
A little more

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020544.JPG

working at this page, unicorn & quote from Joey & Rory Feek.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020545.JPG

John 3:16 King James Bible



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020546.JPG

"She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails. _Elizabeth Edwards

Nickel
01-25-2016, 11:44 AM
A little more

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020547.JPG

Fill your life with love

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020548.JPG

Dreaming of sand between your toes?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020549.JPG

Heck if I know.

Nickel
01-25-2016, 11:50 AM
A little more

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020550.JPG

Candy wrapper, and a few quotes

Talk with people who know something.

We are not meant to be pure animals.

Eat regularly and simply.
The stomach can no more work all the time,
night and day, than a horse,
it must have regular work and regular rest.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020551.JPG

Love

invigorates
revitalizes
renews

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020552.JPG

"One shouldn't go to the woods looking for something,
but rather to see what is there. " _John Cage

Nickel
01-25-2016, 11:57 AM
Just a little more.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020553.JPG

Philosofact

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020554.JPG

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn align.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020555.JPG

"We all have our time machines, don't we?
Those that take us back are memories, . . .
And those that carry us forward,
are dreams."

_H.G. Wells

Nickel
01-25-2016, 12:04 PM
This is it.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020556.JPG

Going up?

A space elevator to the geosynchronous orbit.

Are we ready?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020557.JPG

Another candy wrapper

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020558.JPG

Bible quote.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2016/39040-P1020561.JPG

This is several envelopes taped together painted Labyrinth, going to install this in the book somewhere. You can see the little paint kit I'm using.

artbyjune
01-25-2016, 04:22 PM
I just love what you are doing here. Nickel. The quotes are inspirational. Love your small watercolour set. Is it Japanese?
Carry on the good work!

Nickel
01-25-2016, 06:56 PM
Thanks June!
The watercolor set is Japanese, this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006CQTANO?refRID=KJAM289DJAMKNAJ38T11&ref_=pd_ybh_a_32

I like it, nice, small, compact.

trafford
01-26-2016, 07:50 AM
Hope this is on going. I seem to be having trouble putting the journal together. Guess I need a dummy course :o

Nickel
01-26-2016, 09:53 AM
Janet, there is really no right or wrong. No stress.
I had trouble putting mine together. It took me several tries to
finally get it assembled. I have really big holes in the binder
were I had to re-thread the signatures and cover. More than once.
Then a few pages
I messed up and had to tape in.


Try to experiment and have fun seeing what you create.

Journals can be works in progress and take some time.
Work
at your own pace.

Here is a journal I just tied.
Hard to believe this was 10 years ago.
I haven't aged a day. :)
This is not a junk journal but good info
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4104459&postcount=31

And the thread where we worked.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=310031&highlight=journal



Here are a few more videos that show how others have worked.

This lady uses a sewing machine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqhc78ldRkQ

This lady uses cereal boxes and binder clips
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f7HMNf3aG4

This lady uses twine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABJnKBTHTY4

This lady uses a needle and thread
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiG-IIDNe7Y

azulparsnip
01-27-2016, 10:41 AM
Wow, some really free thinking pages......I like the envelope idea now.....I didn't think much of it before but you make it look FUN!!!

I've had all the materials ready but can't seem to get "to" it....and the next couple days are filled with family......but really, I can feel the desire building...and i AM gonna work on this next week......

Meanwhile, WOW, I'm lovin' seeing this.

Janet, you hang on thar gurl:grouphug: we're rooting for you and can hardly wait to see some of your doodlie doos......they make me soo happy:heart:

artbyjune
01-28-2016, 09:43 AM
Doodle while watching TV.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jan-2016/106623-veins1a4k.jpg

This was cp on a page with anatomical drawing on it. I got this page in the swap and its in the junk journal.

My page size is around 4 ins square...handy for a little doodling at night!!

;)

Nickel
01-28-2016, 11:04 PM
June, she's beautiful! Like her background paper. Perfect!
Really enjoy seeing your work!

Robin glad your interest is peaking! :)

azulparsnip
01-29-2016, 06:18 PM
all rightie then.....it was amazing....I began assembling the stuff I'd accumulated and didn't think I had any envelopes and voila....they began materializing right before my eyes......hubbie got the mail and it was more pages for FREE!!'
' I have one bunch of signatures that are semi glossy....but nice and large...and one medium size and one of just envelopes.....after all the assembling I did get one of them bound.

BUT....I cheated....I used some paper from a fun pad I got at target to line the interior cover. ....Check out the cool last years calendar photos I used for the cover.....and yes....I CHEATED AGAIN.....used some orange duct tape to strengthen the binding and cardboard cover.....

OVER ALL .....I've got two more journals to be bound...and alot of pages to get WILD with !!!!!

I Loved everyone's photos so here's some of mine....:grouphug: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jan-2016/88676-binding.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jan-2016/88676-cheater.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jan-2016/88676-cover.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jan-2016/88676-name3d.gif
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jan-2016/88676-save.gif

azulparsnip
01-29-2016, 06:20 PM
two other notes.....I have some big thick 1963 business registars I got realy cheap at a used book store, and an old children's dictionary....I tore pages from these for pages......also....way cool....one of the pieces of junk mail had my name on it .....which I modge podged inside the front cover.....

artbyjune
01-30-2016, 04:44 AM
It looks great robin! I guess you are eager to do art in it!! Junk journals are exciting to use.

Nickel
01-30-2016, 08:07 AM
So Awesome Robin! Looks like you are having fun! I really like how you did your signatures. Nice big, fat, book! Hope to see your next book too! :)

tyree
02-04-2016, 07:48 PM
Nickel..this is such a wonderful project..i am really enjoying watching everyones works come to together..!!! tyree:clap:

Nickel
02-05-2016, 12:09 PM
Glad to have you watching along Susan!

After paying bills, have a new supply of envelops to add to the
junk journal. So will continue to work in the background as time
permits.

There is a new project to checkout:

June's Using Stamps and Stencils
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1397998

I want to thank June, Robin, Janet for their encouragement to start this program.

It's not something you normally think of doing when creating art. It's good to think outside the box.

It's been fun. I hope everyone sees the potential in their journals
and enjoys the exploration of creating new work.

This project started as a month long program, ending tomorrow, Feb 6th
but it is apparent
that these type journals are not a quick month process.


We encourage you to please continue to post
your junk journal work or add comments.

We'll be sure to see them and encourage you along. :grouphug:

tyree
02-05-2016, 05:20 PM
Nickel...Do you need some more ''bills''...i still have your address to mail you mine:lol:tyree

Nickel
02-05-2016, 08:12 PM
So funny, Lol Susan, those bills come each and every month.
I'll take all the green dollar bills you want to send me.:wave:
I've been trying to collect those. :)

azulparsnip
02-10-2016, 09:13 AM
Hey, you can't just drop this thread - I say we outta at least carry it for 3 months....really was thinking more like 6 months but I do tend to get carried away with enthusiasm.
BUT I cant explain how working in this makes me feel. I've just done two pages but don't know why it has an intimate free feeling .......and I am all about making my own sketch books from now on.........meanwhile I've two more junkers to bind.......but here are my first two sketches and I'm hooked!!!!

And I wanna try the gelatos June mentioned in her blog. anyone else used them?http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2016/88676-fly.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2016/88676-circles.gif

The fly sketch is using some homemade oak gall ink I made 6 yrs ago when I first started my art life. It has improved with age.....but I don't put it in my fountain pens cause it is very corrosive.

Also, I'm studying bugs now and then and got out a children's book about drawing bugs but dang.....no flys......I wannted to practice a fly and then a fly showed up and walked and posed for me for about 15 minutes....and hubbie was just gonna wack'im and he was gone.:angel:

ya'll have a good day now, ya here:smug:

artbyjune
02-10-2016, 12:33 PM
Hi all. Robin I just love that fly and the fly story to go with it!!!

I think we could keep this thread open until summer as we haven't all had time to kick in and make a junk journal, never mind start to fill it up!

I was also surprised to find how much I enjoyed making the journal...even a teeny one. And I also think it would be good to make a regular sketch or art journal using watercolour papers and craft papers. There's something so satisfying about a hand-made book. I love new shop bought sketchbooks, but the hand-made book is even more delightful!

artbyjune
02-10-2016, 12:36 PM
Robin, you can get artist gelatos from Faber I think. Very rich and creamy and you can blend them with your finger or use a wet brush. You can also get children's gelatos, such as by Maped. Perhaps crayola does blendable crayons too. Gelatos have the texture of lipstick!!

azulparsnip
02-15-2016, 02:33 PM
Just finished coptic binding another junk journal. In this one I used old book pages from books I scavenged at the Good will. I especially like the children's dictionary with the big words and fun drawings. also dug up some paper I'd glued tissue to a couple years back and just hadn't used.

the binding process was very enjoyable. This is definitely a permant part of my life now. I'm impressed with how flat the book lays and all the fun pages just makes me wanna doodle.
and write just any ole thang........

And here is a page I did in the smaller journal. I was just wanting to cut out circles from the seed catalogue pictures......no real reason.....it was fun though.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2016/88676-book-bind.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2016/88676-page1.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2016/88676-page2.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2016/88676-page3.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2016/88676-just-had-to.gif

Nickel
02-15-2016, 05:20 PM
These are great Robin! I love the circles too!
Terrific job with the binding!

artbyjune
02-16-2016, 05:21 AM
Wonderful and a lovely large size too!!

azulparsnip
03-22-2016, 07:23 AM
fell in love with a brown paper bag....so I made this little pocket with it and then a couple of days later I picked up a business card and later I made this my first ever little note to myself......and tucked in the pocket.......this was such a good experience...........I like pockets and openings on pages.....going to do more of that

this little note to self says Time is a sail ...you set the course....just came up as I colored the shapes....(the images is reversed cause I'm using photo booth)http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Mar-2016/88676-time-is-a-sail-pocket.gif

Nickel
03-22-2016, 01:24 PM
Awesome work Robin! Love you are loving paper bags! Making note to self, great idea! Love your tapes! Love seeing "recycle" on papers! :)

artbyjune
03-24-2016, 04:26 AM
I love pockets and paper bags in the junk journal. Lovely places to hide away little surprises!

Have you seen this site?

http://junkjournaljunkies.blogspot.co.uk/

Hope you all have a lovely Easter!

artbyjune
04-26-2016, 11:58 AM
Here's a junk journal I am making out of cup-a-soup cartons.

Stage 1. Some colour

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Apr-2016/106623-permissionphstg1a7k.jpg


Stage 2. Some more added...stamps, stencils etc.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Apr-2016/106623-ppstageB1a8k.jpg

I have around 20 pages in all. I'm thinking of binding it into the covers of an old diary...the diary was ring type binding and easy to take apart.

I do bits and pieces on this play junk journal when I cant think of what to do for the day. It tends to get me in a paint mood and then I can go on and start something else. Its a warm-up, I guess.

:)

Nickel
04-26-2016, 04:24 PM
June these are really beautiful!:)
Would love to see more of them!

azulparsnip
04-26-2016, 05:51 PM
Thanks for the blog link June. It's great.

oh, I really like the way you kept the whole box shape in tact.....these are fun!! lots of energy and freedom.......

I've been using my junk journal more lately. It's like I don't feel forced to make anything that amounts ....I just feel like diddling and the junk journal lends itself to that and sometimes great stuff shows up and sometimes not.....but that is the freedome in it.

azulparsnip
04-26-2016, 06:03 PM
a few recent junk entryshttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Apr-2016/88676-junk6.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Apr-2016/88676-junk1.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Apr-2016/88676-junk2.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Apr-2016/88676-junk3.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Apr-2016/88676-junk5.gif

Nickel
04-26-2016, 08:06 PM
Love your recent entries Robin!
Love the freedom your feeling!
Awesome!

artbyjune
04-27-2016, 05:44 AM
Love those pages Robin!

tyree
04-27-2016, 06:35 AM
these are all so fascinating and so clever...im loving looking at them !
tyree:clap: :clap: :clap: :heart: