A Large Handmade Journal

This summer I want to work in several art journals and a couple of other projects while I take a weird bird break.

I started this handmade journal last November when I took an online class with Pam Garrison. It is made with 140 lb hot press watercolor paper.

I thought you might enjoy seeing the pages in a video before I fill them:

The journal size measures 15.25 inches in length by 11 inches in width for each page.

As you can see in the video, I made some marks on some of my pages as a starting off point.

Here are a few pages I’ve been working on:

I used stencils with watercolor in the bottom of the first page. And the page below is shown closed over the above page with some doodles and a butterfly.

Sometimes I like experimenting with collage and adding a quote:

A fish collage using my Gelli-printed papers inspired by the artist, Clare Youngs:

I used the watercolor circles to experiment with drawings in color pencils. And I added some whimsical lettering:

The insert papers are good for experimentation also. I used a stencil for the first one and collage for the second photo.

I was inspired by a wall calendar by the artist, Caroline Simas for the page below. I liked her color choices:

I am experimenting with collage, color pencils and water soluble crayons for this page…it is a work in progress! I find circles meditative.

I hope my art journal inspires you in your own art making.

What art projects are you working on? I’d love to hear about them!


14 responses to “A Large Handmade Journal

  1. Looks like you’re having fun! Great fish and you know I’m partial to dots. (K)

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  2. Very neat! I like your doodles, and colors choices throughout the journal.

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  3. hi Jill, your art journal itself is super creative! I love how you inserted various papers to use along with the blank pages~I can’t wait to see more filled pages, it looks like you are having a lot of fun! I wish I could make myself try collage, it scares me! I have been art lazy lately, I have to get back to daily sketching and painting.

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    • Hi Jenna, I like the inserted smaller papers too as it is like a treasure inside! πŸ˜ƒ I used a small hallmark sack to create a pocket. It is a little bigger journal than I am used to working in but I do like experimenting in it. Sometimes I will look to Pinterest for collage ideas. I have found several artists who combine watercolor and collage together. I will give it a go and show you in a future post!
      And sometimes, it is good to take an art break to get your creative juices flowing again… I’ve been taking a bit of a social media break myself. 🌸

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  4. I love your art journal, Jill. All so fun and creative. πŸŒΈπŸ’• I’ve been trying to play more in my sketchbook, hoping to find inspiration and spark more creativity.

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  5. What a joyful journal!

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  6. Jill, I absolutely love that you make your own journals. Taking time to create art rather than is impressive. Years ago I use to teach my first graders how to make their own books and bind them. I wonder if kids would have the patience to do this in the digital age.

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    • Thank you Evelyn! Homemade journals are so fun to make! πŸŽ¨πŸ˜ƒ Impressive that you taught first graders to make their own books. πŸ™Œ I think kids that enjoy art would like making their own journal. Sometimes it helps me to start a journal with a theme in mind. Less fear of the blank page. πŸ˜ƒ

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