Hello My Friend’s! Today, I am sharing this chipboard journal that was completed this afternoon. A true labor of love. It has been quite some time since I created a journal so detailed.
I have used Tim Holtz papers throughout. Each page is constructed using heavy duty book tape to secure the papers to the chipboard. I tea stained water color papers and dispersed them through out for more intense journal areas.
All sorts of ephemera, collage images, pockets, tags, washi tapes, tuck spots are on this one. I hope you enjoy taking a peek!
A few weeks ago, I was trying to create and decided to try creating an envelope with collage on the front. I used a variety of ephemera scraps, washi tape, old postage stamps, and vintage cigar wrapper.
My brain struggled quite a bit with this. In thinking on it, probably because I had never done this on an envelope and essentially it is just like making a collage on a card, skinny, 3 x 5 etc. I had to get out of the “new” mind set.
So, maybe since I have been struggling so much creating (and finding time) art I will try some more mail art envelopes using collage images next time or hand drawings (which I am terrible at)….
Today, I was going to create no matter what it took. This summer has been extremely difficult to find time to make art and focus on it. The days are broken up just enough that you really don’t have a long window of time to sit and make anything.
I don’t know about you, but if I haven’t created for weeks, months it is a whole new ballgame getting on that cycle. I cannot just walk in a room and start making art unless the project had been with my mind earlier, the night before or something along those lines. I find the longer my art is rusty the more it is a struggle. Then, like riding a bike once I start and remain consistent my brain and desire opens up so many doors.
Covid-19 really put a slump on that for me. At first, I was fine because it really isn’t much different being confined then my everyday life. By June, I was feeling it. That is also when I started catching up on missed appointments, visits, etc.
Last night, I thought I would decide roughly what I would try and make today. My choice was tags. At least I knew my requirement of myself.
My tags are made from recycled manilla envelopes as the base. I then layered multiple papers (Tim Holtz) on top. I stamped each tag with gesso and a small piece of bubble wrap and used my heat gun to set it up. Collage photo images were then added, along with small snippets of stamped images. Coffee stained tags with stamping as well. Little bits of washi tape, a button, and some seam binding ribbon to tie off the top.
I hope you are all staying well during these uncertain times.