Art Journals

My dear friend Patty over at Magpie’s Nest inspired this post following her question last T Day “You have me wondering if you do anything further with your pages? Do you bind them into books?”

So I thought I would show you. Although I crop the photos to just show the page on my blog posts, my pages are actually in a spiral bound pad and once the journal is complete I cover the front and back of the book. This is the front:

… and this is the back:

To cover my Art Journal books I use leftover mixed media materials that I save from the pages I create. This particular book is covered with the papers that I use to test stamps and colours before I commit to using them on my actual pages. So having accumulated quite a few papers, I ripped them into pieces to create a collage and stuck them down using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. Next I outlined the edges of the paper pieces using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and smudged the ink with a baby wipe and my finger. To add definition I also used a black Sharpie Permanent marker, a black Uni Pin marker and a white Uniball gel pen along the edges. I stamped the sentiments on both the front and back covers using a Sand & Surf  Hampton Art stamp set and black Archival Ink. I also added some small leftover outline sticker shapes which I coloured black with a black Sharpie. Using the same black Archival Ink, on the front cover I stamped the wording “Art Journal”, the number “6” which represents the number of this journal and my “Handcrafted with love” stamp. I always use this stamp and sign my name on my creations too. To finish I covered the whole page in the gel medium so it is stronger and more resistant to wear and tear with it covering my Art Journal and I folded washi tape over the edges of the covers to give the journal more stability.

I’m so pleased to be able to join Hazel who is hosting the “Magical Mystery Tour” challenge over at Art Journal Journey and I’d like to thank Susi from Froebelsternchen for asking me to link my magical way to make collages to this month’s theme.

The pad I use is by Daler Rowney, it’s A4 in size and spiral bound. There are 30 pages per book and it contains a high quality paper designed for traditional art, mixed media, collage and visual journaling. Each page is lightly textured and white in colour and it’s great for creating and using a variety of dry and wet techniques. I like the spiral binding as it makes it easier to work on new pages by keeping the surface flat, it allows for thicker pages to be created as needed and makes it easier to browse through your creations when they are finished.

When each journal book is complete I always sit down with a drink to look through the pages to remember what I’ve been up to. I also have a book stand in my craft room where a different page is displayed everyday from one of my Art Journals; it’s lovely to look at the page and recall the memories associated with it!

I publish my posts on Monday night ready for T Stands for Tuesday and as this Monday happens to be my Birthday, I’d like to thank all of you who have wished me early Birthday Wishes! My birthday celebrations started early this year, on Friday we went to The Ghurka Restaurant for a meal with our friends. The restaurant is an “all you can eat” buffet serving Asian food from Nepal, India, China and Thailand which is run by a former Ghurka (Ghurka’s are Nepalese soldiers who form part of the British Army). We had a wonderful time and the food was delicious. Having never had Nepalese food before I took advantage of the selection available, as well as some of my favourite Chinese dishes; the top plate is Char Sui Pork, Gurkha Momo (Steamed Dumpling), Chicken Chow Mein and Sweet & Sour Chicken, and on the bottom plate is Gurkha Noodles, Gurkha Daal on a bed of steamed rice, Gurkha Pea and Potato Curry and Gurkha Vegetable Curry. I’m also sharing a glass of Rosé White Zinfandel wine that I enjoyed with my meal and I’m saying a big hello to all the T Gang – Cheers and Happy T Day!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this Art Journal’s covers:

  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Sharpie Permanent Fine Point Marker (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Hampton Art Bella Blvd cling mounted rubber stamps (Sand & Surf ICO226)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 Clear Stamp Set (Alphas Folk DCE907)
  • Papermania Alphamania A-Z clear stamps (Leftovers Alphabet PMA9071102)
  • Crafter’s Companion Vintage Floral Collection (Floral Sentiments VF-ST-FSENT)
  • Hobbycraft Clear Stamp (Love Hearts 50402HC)
  • Papers used to test stamps and colours
  • Outline Stickers (Time Silver 90493S)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
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45 thoughts on “Art Journals

  1. Lovely to see all your journals together, and great idea to use scraps to make the wonderful covers. Here’s wishing you a very happy birthday, and many, many more to come – have a great new year! Enjoy your celebrations! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Thank you for sharing the backstory of your journals and how you use them, Jo. Your covers are wonderful – what a terrific way to summarize what’s inside. I also like that you display the pages in a regular way to keep the memories ever-present.

    That oriental food looks wonderful! Chinese food is one of my weaknesses. Happy birthday and happy T-day to a lovely, thoughtful, talented lady 😉 Hugs, Eileen

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    • Thanks for your lovely comments and wishes Eileen, you are too kind! 🙂 Using the leftovers this way means that each of the covers reminds me of the pages I have created inside 🙂 . Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 🙂

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  3. I’m just going to get in here in time to say Happy Birthday!! Your Journals look fabulous and I love the cover for the latest! It’s good to look back at pages you have made – I now have a new home for mine so that they are more accessible! Your buffet food looks yummy! Happy T day! Chrisx

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  4. Happy Birthday Jo, even though I am now 1 day late. I’m glad you showed your finished journals. The cover you showed is great-and how smart to used left over bits from your pages so it all seems to belong together. I have ever had Nepalese food either, but it does look good. In fact it all sounds good. I don’t know how you would pick. 🙂 But on your birthday you can have it all, right? Happy T day too. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks for your lovely comments and wishes! The Nepalese food was amazing and there was so much choice at the buffet that you wanted to try it all – I think that’s ok on your birthday too … lol! Happy T Day! J 🙂

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  5. I may have been a bit late to wish you a happy birthday, but I believe in extending the holiday. After all, it’s still April 3 in my part of the world. So happy birthday, dear Jo.

    I saw your comment to Patty last week, but had NO idea you have so many of these journals already made. Silly me imagined that because you had just started blogging, you also just started creating these art journals. I am in AWE of the covers, because they represent recycled art. This is a great idea and a wonderful way to use up those bits and pieces of leftovers. Truly recycling at its best.

    Your meal looks wonderful. I’ve had Indian, Thai, and Chinese food before, but not Nepalese. It all looks so tempting, and I suspect it tasted good, too. Thanks for sharing these birthday memories, the delicious looking food, the lovely journals you’ve made (makes me want to touch them), and your wine with us for T this Tuesday. And of course, one more happy birthday wish.

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    • Don’t worry, I’m happy to extend my birthday to account for US time … lol 🙂 . In actual fact we celebrate our birthdays for a week in this house because rather than buy each other a main present we like to go on days out as our birthday present instead . I always have bits and pieces leftover from my pages and hate to throw them out, so it made sense to me to use them up on the covers. That way they remind me of what’s inside 🙂 . Thanks so much and wishing you happiness this T Day! J 🙂

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  6. Happy birthday Jo! I was wondering what you worked in for your art journals. I must see if I can get that brand over here. You have a lovely collection of memories to look through. I love your cover and was interested to learn how you created it. Have a great day! 🙂

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  7. First of all: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ♥♥♥
    Wishing you all the best dear Jo!
    ♠♠♠♠♠♠♠
    I am thrilled about seeing all your wonderful journals today!
    WOW!!!
    The front- and backcover you show here is both UTTERLY beautiful- in addition to this the washi-tape boarder is a super idea . The collages are made with great skills .The edging makes the single pieces defined and brings together all in perfect depth and harmony – that’s the magical way to make collages .- it would fit the new AJJ theme perfectly as well, would be great to see this wonderful post there!
    Happy T-Day – the Ghurka Restaurant meal looks fantastic !
    oxo
    Susi

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    • Thank you Chrissie! You are very insightful, I have been told that Nepalese food is one of the heathiest in Asian and it was so tasty that I went back for seconds of the Ghurka Dahl and steamed dumplings 🙂 . Wishing you a Happy T Day too! J 🙂

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  8. WOW, what a WONDERFUL Array of journals you have!! thanks for showing them in bound form. and what a good idea to Show alternating pages open for recap! i´m sure i´d love to sit there with Cup of coffee, or two and enjoy them.
    i never had Nepalese Food so far, but it really Looks yummy!
    happy b-day to you & have a nice t-day and week ahead! .

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  9. Belated birthday wishes Jo…. Just after 4.30am this morning I couldn’t sleep and was laying in bed thinking about AJJ ideas when suddenly I thought, there was something I didn’t do yesterday – oh no! and now I have found my reminder pushed under my mouse mat – oh no!…. so I am sorry I am late wishing you a happy birthday Jo and hope you had a really lovely day and continued all the celebrations from the weekend. That meal looks really yummy 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your journal details that was really interesting – I love those Daler Rowney pads too – they are great – although one of the A3 ones I’ve not been brave enough to use yet.
    Have a great day ….Gill xx

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    • Thanks for stopping by to wish me a happy birthday, that’s so kind of you! There is no need to apologise – we were actually in Liverpool all day yesterday so wishing me happy birthday now is just perfect 🙂 . The pads are great and A3 sounds very scary … lol! Thanks so much and enjoy the rest of your week! J 🙂

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  10. Your journal covers look fantastic and I liked the idea of the washi tape borders and the gel medium to protect them. I am currently using a book pad like yours and find the page thickness great for paints and water sprays.
    I hope you had a lovely day yesterday for your birthday, your meal looks very tasty.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

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  11. Well Happy Birthday! (Belated). Sounds like you had a really nice birthday.
    No, I’ve never had Nepalese food either. So that is also what I would have gone for. How interesting. It looks really tasty. I always choose something I don’t know, or something I could not cook at home.
    Thank you for sharing your art journals. It’s great to see what you do with them. I have often wondered. Do you write some journaling on the back of the page to remind you when it was and where you went? Or do you rely on your memory?
    Happy T-Day,
    Hugs,
    Lisca

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    • Thanks Lisca! We are still celebrating, I like to travel around for my birthday (much like you did for yours 🙂 ). We went to Liverpool yesterday and have more places to visit this week – such fun! Although I do have a good memory when it comes to my journal pages as they are so personal, I also have a separate A4 writing book which I detail my page information in, this includes a list of materials, my inspiration and learnings from the techniques I used 🙂 . Thanks again and wishing you a Happy T Day! J 🙂

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  12. well, a happy birthday to you!! Nice to have a few celebrations:) I’ve never had Nepalese food. Thanks for sharing your fabulous journal books!! Happy T day Jo!

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  13. Happy Happy Birthday to you dear Jo ❤ Hope your celebrations keep on going.
    Such a sweet surprise to see your lovely shout out this morning.
    AND what a delight to see your journals…they look so inviting.
    You’ve inspired me anew. I like the idea of creating a piece and then adding it to a spiral journal.
    Your covers are special too * of course *.
    Thank you for sharing your delicious feast at what sounds like a really unique place.
    Happy T Day
    Happy Birthday
    Happy Spring to you dear Jo oxo

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    • Thanks so very much Patty! We always have a week of celebrations as our birthday present, so we have lots of outings planned for the rest of the week 🙂 . Yesterday we went to Liverpool and had the most wonderful time at the Walker Art Gallery, we went to see the Pre-Raphaelites “Beauty and Rebellion” exhibition. And my celebrations keep going afterwards because we found out that the Alphonse Mucha “In Quest of Beauty” exhibition is coming to this gallery in June so my hubby is taking me to see it as a belated Birthday present – how wonderful:-) . I seem to remember how much you love Alphonse Mucha too as I fell in love with his work due to one of your posts 🙂 . Wishing you a Happy T Day dear Patty! J 🙂

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      • OH YES Mucha and the Pre-Raphaelite artists always speak to me.
        You have some lovely treats to look forward to Jo!
        I think you and your Mr may treat most days as special days with how you enjoy each moment. Mr M and I try to do the same. I sometimes say that he makes everyday feel like my birthday (well almost LOL).
        Always fun chatting with you Jo! oxo

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  14. Jo i have so enjoyed the peek into your artjournaling life… I have never artjounaled perse.. mine is more of a sketch book but i love the idea and you have inspired me anew to give it a go…Maybe once the craftroom is ready… Your food looks YUM! I have never had that type of food either.. So glad it looks like you had a wonderful celebration.. Happy T day! Hugs! deb

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  15. Your journals are awesome. I love your style and the instructions are great. I may try to recycle into a collage rather than the recycle bin in the future. Happy BirThday!

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  16. Happy Birthday! I’ve never had Nepalese food either. It looks delicious and white Zinfandel is my favorite wine. Thank you for sharing your cover technique on your journals.. I have a journal to cover and you gave me some great ideas.

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    • Many thanks and I’m glad my post provided you with some ideas for your next journal cover 🙂 . The Nepalese food and wine were the perfect combination and we had such a wonderful time with our friends! Happy T Day! J 🙂

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    • Thanks Wendy! I always finish my journals because I use them to express my life in pictures and words, so my pages are created in chronological order much like a written journal is completed. Thanks again and enjoy the rest of your week! J 🙂

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  17. Happy belated birthday. Thank you for sharing your finished journals, I love how you’ve decorated the front and back covers. I have so many journals on the go it will be lovely if I ever get one of them finished.
    xxx Hazel.

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