Although I am late coming to the table, I joined Documented Life Project, an art journal journey that presents a challenge each week to participants. It is up to us how to interpret that challenge and convert it to art in our Moleskine Daily Journal. A friend of mine, who was also interested in jumping on board, found a Moleskine Daily Journal that was an 18-month one, beginning with the first week of July 2014. So we ordered them and started our art journal journey. I did the first week of mine, and then decided to go ahead and do the cover and all the tip-in pages, which are mostly watercolor paper added to the second page of each week with Washi tapes of all colors and prints.
Frankly, I am quite proud of the cover. I began with gesso on the leather cover...oh, how I hated to cover that leather! But as I got into stamping, adding Jacquard's Lumiere paint with a stencil, doodling, adding Tim Holtz's tissue paper, and then coating it all with Golden matte medium and allowed to dry for 24 hours or more. I then hand-rubbed a coat of Judikins' Microglaze to protect it from moisture and soil and then buffed it to a soft shine with a paper towel. I have since covered it with plastic sleeves to protect it as I journal along this next year, since I am very messy at times. I am not fond of art products on my fingers, so this is a challenge to me. I find myself peeling off matte medium all day after working with it. Where does it all come from? I am convinced my fingers are manufacturing it.
|Washi tape Edges|
I might add that each page of the Moleskine is first coated with a light coat of gesso. That helps to protect whatever medium you are using from bleeding through to the back of the page, which is the first page of your next layout! We were instructed to add monthly tabs to the top of the book, too. I used the wonderful rounded tab punch made by Stampin' Up several years ago. I wish they had never retired that punch. It makes a very cute and sturdy tab. These tabs are all laminated, too, since they will get lots of use.
With all the amazing art supplies and techniques I have learned through the years, and also some I learned in Jean Parker's Mixed Media classes at PlazaArts in Nashville, Tennessee, I am having fun with this art journal. Thank you, Jean! And thank you to my journaling friends--Ann, Boo, Kathie, Robin, Lori, andTeresa--for encouraging me to do this project.
So our first week in July's challenge was to use a crossword, sudoku, word search, or another puzzle on your layout. I chose a crossword, since I actually do solve one every day at lunch. But on this layout I also wanted to give a nod to our country's birthday and one of my favorite holidays, the Fourth of July!