Introduction to "Junk Journal Project"
Projected Start/End Date, January 6th 2016 - February 6th.
You are invited to create your own "Junk Journal"
Did “Junk Journal” get your attention?
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?
, 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.
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.
, 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.
, 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.
, 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
Some famous people who kept diaries, journals, notebooks, collected bits and pieces…..we are just keeping tradition......
Charles Wilson Peale
Leonardo da Vinci