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Old 12-01-2015, 07:19 PM
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Classical Art 1st "Junk Journal" Project

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?

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

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
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Old 12-02-2015, 02:43 AM
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Re: Classical Art 1st "Junk Journal" Project

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?
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:55 PM
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Re: Classical Art 1st "Junk Journal" Project

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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.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:51 AM
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Re: Classical Art 1st "Junk Journal" Project

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?
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:46 PM
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Re: Classical Art 1st "Junk Journal" Project

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.
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Old 12-06-2015, 09:46 AM
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Re: Classical Art 1st "Junk Journal" Project

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

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Old 12-06-2015, 11:28 AM
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Re: Classical Art 1st "Junk Journal" Project

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!
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Old 12-06-2015, 11:49 AM
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Re: Classical Art 1st "Junk Journal" Project

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.
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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.

Have to come out of my blues and try this
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Old 12-07-2015, 08:37 PM
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Re: Classical Art 1st "Junk Journal" Project

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.
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Old 12-18-2015, 11:31 AM
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https://www.etsy.com/listing/2348695...?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
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Old 12-20-2015, 11:02 AM
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Re: Classical Art 1st "Junk Journal" Project

Janet, thank you for the link!
What a very nice idea she has with her Paris Letters. She has a lovely collection. I hope she does well.
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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!
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Old 12-24-2015, 11:12 AM
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Re: Classical Art 1st "Junk Journal" Project

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

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