I started collecting my future Art journal pages, using old school cardboard folders, heavy paper covers (add inserts) from magazines, some kids’ old writing pad practicing pages, even old kids’ art on heavy paper.
I altered some pages with gesso and paints, some with collage , using magazines’ images, telephone book pages, text pages, big and small envelopes, junk mail, greeting cards, pages made from brown paper bags, even my lining papers (covered with paints, inks, stamping, stenciling mess) which I used for my work surface protection .
Some pages are single, some are double pages. Then I distributed single pages inside of double, creating signatures before binding. I really didn’t want to make a permanently stitched journal, because I would like to have a freedom to add some pages later. I punched two holes in every signature (set of pages) and used two pieces of jute cord for binding.
Front and back cover are two pieces of cardboard from the cereal boxes, which I collaged with torn magazine images first. It was not bad already, but I knew it will look much better with the hand painted cover. For that I used a big brown paper bag, deconstructed it, painted the flat surface, and then wrapped it around my journal.
Total 186 pages now, some of them have pockets, some are folded.
Creating a cover for my journal using brown bag paper (recycled groceries bag).
Yes, it’s me on the back cover:) It’s a gel medium transfer.