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08-03-2010, 09:14 AM
I do a weekly U-stream broadcast loosely based on art journaling and started a brand new journal from scratch. My employer threw out several boxes of manila file folders due to flooding and water damage. I rescued them, sewed a few signatures together and bound it up with some old cardboard covered in the paper that was lining my studio table. It is roughly 9.5" x 12". Here is the result.


The guts:


The edge:


08-03-2010, 09:21 AM
Playing around with some glow in the dark paints, I wanted to see if I could do an underpainting that would show up under a blacklight. This didn't work so well, but I learned about some new products and will try again when I can afford the better phosphorescents.


08-03-2010, 09:25 AM
My friend Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studios was having a "BIG" workshop to encourage ladies to work fearlessly with their art. I interviewed her on my ustream broadcast and did a big and fearless entry in her honor. This spread has a fold out page like a centerfold and has three works done in Connie's style.


08-03-2010, 09:28 AM
Stamps, stickers, collage elements, textures and layers, this one is done in mind of Samantha Kira, the Journal Girl herself.

08-03-2010, 10:15 AM
Great looking book - a rough finish that suits your 'don't hold back' treatment. :clap: Good use of discarded materials too. I have made a few sketchbooks, but they are really plain and I only use them for sketching - yours makes them look lame!:D

08-03-2010, 12:33 PM
Fun stuff here :)

08-03-2010, 01:19 PM
So cool making your own art journal. Recycling is the way to go if you can. Bright, expressive pages.

08-03-2010, 01:43 PM
This journal is the ultimate in recycling. I like your psychedelic hippie themes, they bring back my youth. It's gorgeous. The pages are vibrant, bold, colorful and wild. One of the best I've seen in this style.

Vivien Maloney
08-03-2010, 02:45 PM
Wonderful re-cycled Journal. I love your carefree "nothing to loose" style.

08-04-2010, 10:41 PM
The whole thing is great but I really like the "3 page spread" and the Samantha Kira styled sketch. Might just go do some googling now.... ;)

08-06-2010, 05:33 PM
Great stuff here! Might just start looking for goodies to make my own journal. Now, I find something to use all those dozens of used folder tossed last year! Isn't that what always happens-- toss it---need it. Kurlie

08-10-2010, 08:04 PM
What a creative idea for a journal! Nice work.

08-11-2010, 07:57 AM
I posted this on over in the mixed media group also. This one was done after talking with Jeanette Jobson (IslanderNL http://illustratedlife.blogspot.com) about her gyotaku studies. After learning about it, I did some fish rubbing of my own. I used two large rubber toy fish, two fishing lures, and some Swedish Fish candies. In true gyotaku fashion I labeled the rubs as to the type of fish used: Rubber toy, bait, and candy. No animals were harmed in the making of this journal entry. :)

This is has become the study for the larger piece I'm working on, Gyotaku Dreams - http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=639271


08-11-2010, 01:18 PM
Interesting. I'd not heard of gyotaku before. Thanks for sharing.

08-17-2010, 11:53 PM
Thank you all so much for you kind comments and support!

This week I did an interview with Dawn Sokol, author of Doodle Diary - Art Journaling for Girls. She entwines words and doodles into a sort of Zentangle style. This is the page I did while talking with her.


08-18-2010, 02:08 PM
Is this page done with watercolor and pen? Very bright and colorful fun.

08-19-2010, 12:04 AM
Is this page done with watercolor and pen? Very bright and colorful fun.

This page was done with spray paint, acrylic paint in a spray bottle, sharpie marker, craft paints, acrylic paint pens, triple thick krylon spray gloss, on a gessoed page. :) The brain is a cutout from another manila folder.

08-23-2010, 12:39 PM
The page with the brain is fun, so full of whimsy and amusing text! I love the gyutaku page. Please keep exploring the gyutaku works, that is so striking and beautiful. I saw a video article on gyutaku once and wondered where people got the model fish, it's been on my list of things to try sometime.

08-23-2010, 02:09 PM
Ayo, those are really nice, and it's cool to have a recycled journal. I especially like the pages with those fish. Your work is fun and creative. :)

08-23-2010, 07:17 PM
That is very creative! Very cool.

08-23-2010, 09:14 PM
Very creative work! The fish are great.

08-26-2010, 07:50 PM
I'm back to say I have gotten started on my own home made journal. I am using an old kids book. I took out everyother page..( my idea? to get more space) ... then I glued each remaing 2 pages to gether. Will keep ya posted on my progress. I intend to use collage and other ways to make the pages. I have collected lots of quotes to use, too. Wish me luck. Kurlie

11-02-2011, 01:36 AM
Wow! I haven't posted in here in a VERY long time. I have finished this book a long time ago. I will post one page a day until I'm caught up then start a new thread for the next book.

I went on a business trip and had to take my show on the road. While I was in the motel room I managed to still broadcast, but the connection was very poor. My attempt to interview Paula Phillips didn't work out as she couldn't hear me very well, but I still did an "ephemera" laden page in her honor. Collage from stuff I stole from the plane.

11-02-2011, 08:14 AM
Oh, I missed this thread as I was not online much in August! This is a very cool recycle product journal you've made. I love especially how you did the cover. Very fun pages!

11-02-2011, 09:07 AM
This is the kind of journal I would really love to hold in my hands and experience. The digital images look great, but I can tell there's so much more in a tactile sense. The whole thing is so creative, from the construction of the journal itself down to the layout and art materials. Great stuff!


Joan T
11-02-2011, 11:32 AM
I'm glad you posted something new in this or I would have missed it entirely. I love how you are recycling things and experimenting!

11-02-2011, 08:33 PM
Great to have you back and posting what you've continued to do with this book.

11-02-2011, 09:40 PM
A friend of mine, @themightyjay on twitter Jay The Viking just about everywhere else, did a youtube video about drawing cartoon bunnies and vampire bats. Every time he said "Bunny" in the video, his daughter would pop up dressed like Elmer Fudd with a viking helmet and smack him with a wooden spoon. Then when he got to the vampire bat part, every time he said "vampire" she would pop in and squeal, "Like on Twilight?". No, these ones don't sparkle.

This page was dedicated to my friend Jay.

11-03-2011, 11:02 PM
Thank you all very much for the kind words!

I was fortunate enough to interview Risė Freeman-Zachery. Risė is a textile artist living in Midland, TX. So I did this page with some textile work in it.

11-03-2011, 11:15 PM
That's so cool to have the fabrics in there!

11-04-2011, 03:02 PM
Like several others, I missed your thread until now.

You captured Rice to the letter of her skirt. :) Has she seen this?

Thank you all very much for the kind words!

I was fortunate enough to interview Risė Freeman-Zachery. Risė is a textile artist living in Midland, TX. So I did this page with some textile work in it.

Joan T
11-04-2011, 03:35 PM
Love the one with the bunny!!! Great texture to the last one.

11-04-2011, 03:40 PM
Zoe Yes, I believe she has. I did most of it during our skype interview.
Joan, Thank you very much. In the video I made of it, I'm sang "White Rabbit" for team Alice. :)
Jamie, Thank you. Colored staples look like stitches.

11-04-2011, 06:04 PM
Aren't kids wonderful? Like the vampire bunny. The textile page is awesome.

11-04-2011, 10:22 PM
Thanks, Dr. Debby!

Bill Flowers, A.K.A. The Snake Artist, is a conservation artist in Australia. He travels the countryside showing people the beauty in the uglies. He came to the states last year and spent a couple of days in my studio. This is a page dedicated to that.


11-05-2011, 02:24 PM
Great page(s). The trees framing/obscuring the globe is cool.

11-05-2011, 11:31 PM
This one is called "Poe Pressure". There's a neat lady that goes by the name of Poetic Dreams. She challenges people to do things they wouldn't normally do. She did a series with a bunch of us where we did whatever she told us to do. In my case, she knows that I really don't like collage or "crap glued into" my books. So of course, that's exactly what she had me do.


Joan T
11-06-2011, 01:31 PM
I like that page with the globes!!! It looks very textural. I had to laugh about the glue...you must have had really messy hands for this one. lol

11-06-2011, 05:26 PM
I agree about glue. Nice collage.

11-06-2011, 06:45 PM
Dr. Debby, I just almost didn't add that page to this list. It is REALLY not something I enjoy. ;)

11-10-2011, 05:35 AM
Halloween 2010
Jack's shoulders are articulated and when you pull on the lower elbow, he tips his head to you. Also, there's a secret passage in the brick wall that opens when you pull on the torch.



Joan T
11-10-2011, 11:11 AM
What a fun page!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I tip my hat to you. lol

11-10-2011, 08:38 PM
Now that's an awesome page. Love the paper engineering.

11-11-2011, 11:46 PM
Connie Hozvicka published a list of prompts for journalers. One of the prompts was "Boogie Monster". Well, Boogie Wonderland it is!


11-12-2011, 08:06 PM
Wonderful interpretation of the prompt.

11-12-2011, 10:18 PM
Last year, Girl2's class had a "Hide The Turkey" assignment. They were given coloring sheets of turkeys and told to disguise them so they wouldn't get eaten. Girl2 put a bright red nose and antlers on hers because no one would eat Rudolph. I guess no one told her about venison. Anyway, this was my interpretation of Hide The Turkey.


11-13-2011, 07:14 PM
Another great spread. Had to laugh about the venison comment. Where I live, it's as likely to be venison for Thanksgiving as it is turkey.

11-13-2011, 08:41 PM
very fun. . . the lamp? great page

11-14-2011, 01:11 AM
Thanks Dr. Debby and Rainy!

This was just a quicky playing with masks and spray paints for clouds and snow banks. Then I just drew other stuff and pasted them in. My daughter loved "helping" me color the elf and tree (she did her own beside me).


11-14-2011, 05:54 PM
Great spread. Cool that you are doing art with your daughter.

11-14-2011, 11:43 PM
Thanks, Dr. Debby! She used to art with me all the time. But now that she's six, she's much too mature to be bothered with such childish pursuits.

The last page in that journal has a son set. That sun is an outline of my son's head. I plopped him up on the table and traced his head, cut out the paper and spray painted it yellow.

Also, along the right hand side there's a list of names of people that were in attendance in the chat room during my show that week.


11-15-2011, 04:47 PM
And what did your son think of that? Cool spread.

Joan T
11-16-2011, 11:22 AM
Love the idea of a "son set", you are too creative!!!

11-30-2012, 09:13 PM
Wow, I completely forgot about this thread and this group. I'm so sorry!! It looks like I've missed a lot.
There's a video of a flip through of this journal with the missing pages that I forgot to post here.


12-01-2012, 08:37 PM
Thanks for sharing the rest of the book. You have such bold images in your journal.

12-01-2012, 11:31 PM
Thanks, Dr.Debby!