2 Weeks in my Art Journal

For the past few weeks I’ve been working on two online workshops run by one of my favourite people, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. In ‘Make Your Own Junque Journal’ she has taught me how to make my own art journal, with sewn pages and hardback covers, with end pages and a solid spine.

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The reason it’s called a Junque Journal, is because literally the whole thing is made out of ‘junk’ that’s just laying around.

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Each page is made out of scrap pieces of various kinds of paper, and washi tape. One of my covers is made from chipboard while the other is an old canvas board that I had painted on but was unhappy with.

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In ‘Thirty Days in Your Junque Journal’, Julie shares her art journaling techniques which I’ve loved learning about! I feel like it’s really improved what I do and how I think about what I do on my art journal pages. It’s also made me write more and that’s a really good thing. Sure, it’s nice to have pages that just feature a quote or an image, but what’s even better is if you write about why you’re including those in your journal – what they mean to you.

So, do you want to see some of the pages in my junque journal? OK! I’ll give you ‘before and afters’ so you can see how the page was originally put together out of paper scraps I had laying around, and how it looked after it got ‘Juliefied’ ;)

#1 Before: a piece of an encyclopedia page, painted and Gelli-printed paper scraps and scrapbook paper…

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#1 After:

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#2 Before: more paper scraps as before, with the addition of some stenciling…

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#2 After:

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#3 Before: 

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#3 After: The only thing that remains from the original page is the inside of the lettering up the left side…

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#4 Before: A very bland page, nothing there that I particularly want to keep…

4 before#4 After: …so let’s just cover up the whole thing!

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#5 Before: A cut-up acrylic painting of mine on the left – hated it, hence the cutting up!

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#5 After: I kept that sideways heart from the painting on the left and used it as a motif in other places on the page to bring it all together.

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Well that’s all for now folks!

Thanks for reading,

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My Art on Your Phone!

A few days ago I set up a new store on the society6 website, and to celebrate the opening I’m pleased to be able to offer you $5 off any phone case with free worldwide shipping! This is a very limited time offer so take a look now and don’t miss out!

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These are the available designs so far, and they are available on the following models:

  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5, 5S and 5C
  • iPhone 4 and 4S
  • iPhone 3G and 3GS
  • iPod Touch
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 and S4

I’m over-the-moon-happy with them! I hope you like them too.

Happy Friday!

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Junque Journal Covers

You might remember me saying last time that I was excited to be starting a Julie Fei-Fan Balzer e-course called ‘Make Your own Junque Journal‘.

Well, I started on Monday, zoomed through all of the video tutorials for the first 2 modules and got both of my journal covers almost finished in record time.

I say “almost” because I think I will end up adding some words and doodles to the front cover, but I’m leaving it alone for now.

So here’s the front cover:

Junque Journal front cover WIP by Zoe Ford at #topfloortreasures #artjournaling

The front cover is made out of a 10 x 8 inch canvas board that already had a doodley painting on it, but I didn’t like it that much. I covered over most of it with various pieces of Gelli-printed papers. I’ve left some of the original painting showing on the left side, but that will be covered up by the journal’s binding at a later date.

The back cover:

Junque Journal back cover by Zoe Ford at #topfloortreasures #artjournaling

I didn’t have another canvas board the same size as the front cover so I decided to cut up the piece of chipboard that was on the back of a sketchbook and use that instead. Thrifty! :) Again, this is covered in various pieces of Gelli-printed papers and as you can see, is very vibrant.

Both covers are very sturdy and are covered in gloss gel medium to protect the papers so they don’t lift up at the corners over time and start to peel off. Julie mentioned something about coating them in clear tar gel too, so I might look into doing that. Tar gel is something I haven’t used before, so I’m not sure.

The backs of both covers are painted black, and I’ve inked the edges with a black Staz-On ink-pad. *Note: the thick black edges you see in the photos are just the backdrop that I took the photos against.

I can’t wait to start the next module!

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Can’t Wait to Get Started!

For a few weeks now, I’ve been desperate to find the cash required to sign up for 2 artsy workshops run by one of my favourite art journal artists: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.

It’s only today, 3 days before the first class begins, that I managed to get the money together – hooray!

I bought the ‘Make Your Own Junque Journal’ class (see video promo below) and the ’30 Days in your Junque Journal’ class bundle which means I got $50 off because I bought them together! Yaaay!

Here’s the promo:

…and here’s the link to find out more!

I’m so excited to get going on this!

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Travel Plans Art Journal Page

My daughter respectfully reminded me that it’s been over 3 weeks since I last blogged…well, after blogging every day for the ICAD Challenge, I guess I needed a break, to get some other things done.

I’m going to try really hard to get caught up, I have so much to show you! Documented Life journal pages, new artsy stuff being made for my Etsy store, Gelli-print fun, zendoodles and all kinds of things!

For now, a journal page I made on my Birthday recently.

Art Journal Zendoodle Zoe Ford #topfloortreasures

I used a page torn out of a very old atlas (older than me!), some washi tape my daughter bought me, an altered money envelope as a pocket, acrylic paint, alphabet stamps, Stazon inkpad, black Pilot Permaball pen and a white Uni Posca paint pen. Do you like it? I love it!

We originally had plans to go out for the afternoon but it rained a lot for that whole day so we stayed cosied up at home. After I made this page we had fun playing against each other on the Wii, we hadn’t done that for a while. Oh, and I got the new GelliArts 3×5 inch Gelli printing plate all the way from the USA! Woohoo! I’ll show you the stuff I’ve done with it at a later date as I haven’t taken the photos yet.

That’s all for now, come back soon!

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