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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hand made art journal

I made this art journal by hand. It is made with 140 lb watercolor paper and 300lb covers. Binding is made with fabric. Pages are painted with a background wash, then bound. My only challenge was making the binding and have it dry enough to work with. Luckily we had some hot days here in Seattle and it dried quickly, but when the winter comes I'm not so sure. I just love the fabric, it is sort of vintage looking with swirly circles and the colors matched my cover painting perfectly.


Bevie said...

You know I keep thinking I must make a journal from start to finish...not just create on each page...but do what you did...make the whole thing. I think yours is awesome!!! My sister, Mary has made some, and is now even making her own Daytimer. What am I waiting for??? hehehehe!!!
Thanks for sharing.

Tara Ross Studios said...

Thank you Bevie. The hardest part is just getting started. Then the rest is easy.

Joasia said...

This is fantastic! I like your art journal very much !!

The Itsy Bitsy Spill said...

The colors are just so delightful, rich and whimsical as always, love love!!!!!!!!!

I have a handmade journal fresh and new 140lb watercolor paper and I just look at it afraid to even touch it.

Magaly Ohika

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi tara!
your journal is amazing!
i love it!

Susan Goodell said...

As others have said. I have wanted to make one myself for a long time, have the watercolor sheets sitting here waiting, but I never get around to it. Yours is lovely and inspiring. Who knows, maybe this time I will do it.

art spirit said...

Love it Tara...the colors and fabric are perfect!!! Now...what will go inside?

WingingIt said...

thank you so much for the inspiration...i got a gratitude doll made using a piece of my mixed media as the subject....ahhhh....gotta love the gratitude