Do you like to weave? I find it enjoyable if it is just in and out type of weaving. If you start a pattern where I really have to concentrate then I can get lost. It’s that left brain fighting the right brain sort of thing. I found some wonderful examples of paper weaving. I am starting out with There’s a Dragon in My Artroom. Phyl is an art teacher and she explains the basics very well on her blog.
Here is another example from Atostraddle. Their weaving is in a pattern using pages from books.
I like how Can’t Stop Making Things made their paper for their weaving.
And from Blazer Designs I enjoy the heart embellishment.
This technique is from Birgit’s Daily Bytes. She makes her own decorative tape using paper and clear tape. This is a lot of fun and works well. I started using packaging tape and like the bigger area it allows. Different types of paper and print give you different results, so take time to experiment a little.
Here is my journal cover. I used wool felt for the outside. The flower is three-dimensional with beads in the middle. Most of the stitching is done by machine except for the blanket stitching around the edges. If the holes for the rings look a little off-center to you, that is because they are. I wanted to use my three-ring punch (yes I only using two holes) to punch my paper for the journal. It was a hard battle between balance and ease. Ease won. I still have a few more ideas for adding decoration, but for right now it is ready to start adding journal pages.
It has been a very busy summer. My parents have been in need of extra help so I have been traveling between their home and mine most of the summer. On top of that my husband and I are trying to get our home ready to sell. Lots of painting going on. Even with all of that I have found a little time to work on my art journal. Here is my plan for the cover. Still: Living came up with this idea for a soft cover book. I took that idea and I am in the process of making the cover for my art journal. I have the basics done, I am now doing the handwork. I wanted a cover that I could add the pages to, that way I have the freedom to use paper or fabric or anything I can put holes in. I will post pictures when completed. These pictures are from Still: Living.
Well life has taking a different path than the one I thought was going to work. I will not be teaching in the fall. So to keep myself occupied I have decided to make an art journal. I really try to do some kind of art work everyday and I think this will be a fun adventure. Here are a couple of ideas I am using to get started.
From The Nerd’s Nest
From Amy Powers’ Inspire Co
Chad Alice Hagen have workshops on felting and I love the cover they make for books..
Shark week is coming July 5th. Are you ready? Cute craft from JDaniels4 Mom to make for your shark enthusiast.
Here is an interesting video by Sonia Singh Tree Change Dolls by Sonia. She takes dolls that are over the top and makes them into ones that young girls can relate too. I like her story and the idea of changing these dolls for the better. Hope you enjoy it too. You can check out Sonia’s website here. Below Sonia shows the before and after results.I found three dolls in the second-hand shop and took off their make-up. I used straight acetone which works very well. (placed a little in a throw away cup and used cotton pad and q tips) I will post pictures after I get mine all done.