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.
The reason it’s called a Junque Journal, is because literally the whole thing is made out of ‘junk’ that’s just laying around.
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.
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…
#2 Before: more paper scraps as before, with the addition of some stenciling…
#3 After: The only thing that remains from the original page is the inside of the lettering up the left side…
#4 Before: A very bland page, nothing there that I particularly want to keep…
#4 After: …so let’s just cover up the whole thing!
#5 Before: A cut-up acrylic painting of mine on the left – hated it, hence the cutting up!
#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.
Well that’s all for now folks!
Thanks for reading,