This blog was formerly titled "Sentiments and Scrapbooks."

Thursday, June 13, 2013

So Many Journals, So Little Time

It’s not surprising that I have seven art journals in progress, since I have six writing journals in progress—and oh, yes, then there’s my Smash journal. And I should add that I scrapbook everything, so I complete 2-3 large scrapbooks each year.

You might think it would be wiser to focus on one or two journals at a time. You might be right. But for me, for now, this works, because each has a separate purpose, and I pick up the journal that fits my mood at the time. As far as art journals, for example, I have an Inspiration Journal (funny that I started one just for that, as almost every page I do, in every journal, has an inspiration theme), two or three journals specific to online classes I am taking, two journals that are altered books (one an antique), and one journal that contains my first art journal attempts and remains my practice journal.

I always begin a journal on the second or third page, and I leave the cover as is, for a while. Last weekend I decided to finish the front covers of a couple of my journals, while having my own private art retreat while hubby was on a golf trip. One is a small bound journal that I work in routinely, and the other is that original/still Practice Journal.

unfinished front canson bound

BEFORE

 

art journal cover ala Balzer wm

AFTER
(using technique learned from Julie Balzer in a Sakura YouTube video, using Sakura Souffle Pens and Signo Uniball White—I’m not so great at this…my husband asked, “What is it?”)

 

unfinished front canson spiral

BEFORE

 

practice art journal cover wm

AFTER

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