The Lil Journal Project | Day 31

Thanks for being patient with me as I took a little break!  I’ll be adding another set of prompts every day this week!  Here is day 31….a word association….check out Day 21 here for more information on word association prompts!

 

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The Lil Journal Project | Day 21

Sometimes just one word can cause our mind to venture way back into it’s archives and bring out a memory or a feeling from the past. As you read each of the words in today’s prompt, what comes to mind? For example if I read or hear the word Mustang….you might think of a car, or a horse or a football team……the word association you have is unique to your memories and experience:

Mustang:
Dad used to take me to Joe’s Mustang to buy crickets for fishing. The gas station had a huge rust colored horse that looked as if it were rearing up and out of the sign. I looked forward to the can of Country Time Lemonade Dad would buy me as a special treat.  I remember the smell of gasoline and motor oil mixed with the pungent smell of catfish bait.

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The Lil Journal Project | Day 16

My dad was always adamant about me working…..so I always had the most random of summer jobs: I worked at a law firm, I was a caddy at a golf course, I packed beer, I was a cocktail waitress, I worked at county vital records for company research, I valeted cars…..and I even worked for free at times just to learn things…..like the business of picture framing.  I sure do have a lot of great stories to remember…..and I just wish I remembered more.The Lil Journal Project Day 16 (Mapping out where you've worked) via liblueboo.comToday….start a timeline in your journal where you can start logging the jobs you’ve held throughout your life.  [Read more...]

Turn a Book into An Art Journal (A Tutorial)

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I love making art journals using composition books but old books are another great way to make a journal….and it’s a great way to recycle old books!

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Since I add layers of paint and collage, the first thing I do is thin out the book.  If the pages are sewn in I just pull out a few pages from each section….if the pages are glued to the binding I use a razor blade to cut them out.

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This is the thinned out book:

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

To make the pages I start anywhere in the book and put pieces of wax paper under each page I’ll be working with:

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I coat the pages with gesso (a primer you can purchase in the paint section of the craft or art supply store):

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Once both pages have been coated with one of two coats I let them dry:

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Then I add some color using craft paints:

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When I am doing a lot of coats I will pull out the hair dryer to speed along the process:

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I usually add another coat of gesso…..

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….and before it dries I’ll blot it with a paper towel so that the color will show through:

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How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I add bits of old paper to the page using clean medium or mod podge:

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

To make sure my collage pieces are flat I use a brayer with some was paper sandwiched in between:

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Here’s what the pages look like before I’ve added any text:

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I like to use large font stamps to add some decoration:

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The bicycle stamp was one I found in the dollar bin at Micheal’s:

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Sometimes I just leave the pages as is….or add journal text later!

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Now a few random pages from my journal…..

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How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

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Yummy Tie Dye Colors

I’m working on Sienna’s fall clothes and finishing up a new fall pattern so I am running through a ton of t-shirts. My husband gave me a huge stack of dingy white t-shirts and I used oxyclean to brighten them and then I used fushcia and purple RIT dyes to tie dye them before I cut them all up into a million pieces.

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I soaked the shirts in soda ash for 30 minutes before dying……then twirled them into spirals and secured with rubber bands.
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I drain them on the side lawn…..since we live in the desert the ground doesn’t hold water so the grass makes a great “strainer.”
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