Friday, June 23, 2017

AAJS 4 Favourites by Jan Mullane

I have made my journal from an old envelope and folded it in half so the pages in the signatures are A5 size but a spread is A4 in landscape. Shouldn't be too expensive to post!

I base coated and then used some Tim Holtz printed tissue to cover most of the outer cover and inner covers. I then added  some collages elements and some stamping.

There is a pocket in the back made from the envelope opening for some journaling card that can be completed by each person who works in the journal.

You have already seen the back page is from the Dot to Dot June challenge. This is the inside back cover.
The Inside Front Cover has the contract and posting order and I was really pleased with the printed tissue as it had mentions about Contracts and dates etc.
Then I started the journal off with the first page. I chose all sorts of favourites. I have stamps from Teesha and stickers I purchased from Roben Marie and techniques from Jane Davenport's site done by Courtney Diaz....
It was a lot of fun to do. I hope you enjoy working in the journal too.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

AAJS Round 4 - Things with Wings

This is my first time entering a journal swap. I'm really looking forward to this experience. It is such an honour to work in all the journals & I'm thrilled that I will see everyone's work in mine. 

I enjoyed putting the journal together. I covered a Manila folder with fabric, inside & out & 
re-enforced the spine with an extra piece of thick board.I stitched pockets inside the front & back of the cover. Two signatures of 3 pages were added with ribbon tied around the spine & knotted on the outside. A few beads from my very limited supply were tied on the ends. The pages can be removed to work on.

Inside the front pocket are some tags for the girls to keep. Maybe they could replace it with a tag for me. A gelli print was used for the contract & round order. I stamped some wingy things on this.

For my title page I did a painted & stamped background & covered it with a picture of butterflys, that I absolutely adore.

My spread has a small flap.

I loved this picture of the mouse, which I found on pinterest, & knew I had to use it.

The back pages.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Journal - Homage to Art

For this next journal swap, I decided on the theme of 'Homage to Art'.  We all admire other people's art and often try to emulate it in our style.  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!  So I'd like the peeps who work in my journal to pick an artist, blogger, or piece of art that they admire, and have a go at doing a page!

My journal is around A5 size, and adapted from a Teesha Moore tutorial.  For my cover, I've done a page in the style of Roben-Marie Smith, using some word tiles I found at Typo.

My back cover is a Dina Wakely.  Love using these bright colours!

I also have a flap that goes goes over the front, and have done this bit with some help from Alisa Burke.

My inside front cover has the copy of the contract, and some textured flowers a la Toni Burt.

My front page with the intro and instructions, is based on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's journals.

At the back, I have a journal sign in page painted like Mark Rothko.  If you don't know his work, Google him - very simple but effective pieces, that sell for squillions!

The inside back cover is based on some doodles by Cherie Bitanga from The Jar of Salt - I love her work!  Plus I found a great quote by Adam J Kurtz to include.

And the inside of my flap is based on the girls that Angela Kennedy does (Penny Stamper).  I love her style!

Geez it looks like I went overboard doing all these pages, but I wanted to try so many different artists!  Lastly, I did a journal page based on Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night.  I went and saw his exhibition at NGV recently, and though sadly this painting wasn't there, I've always admired it, and love his free style of painting.  This page has a flap, so I've included the lyrics from Don McLean's song "Starry Starry Night" and on the inside flap, part of a letter that Vincent wrote to his brother Theo, in September 1899.  

I really enjoyed setting this journal up, and look forward to what the other participants decide to try.  It's great for your art to get out of your comfort zone and try new things, so embrace it!

Cheers, Lisa x

Monday, June 5, 2017

Inspired by Teesha Round 4

Here we go again.  Travelling Art Journal #4.

  This time around I have taken my inspiration fron the talented Teesha Moore.  Teesha loves bright colours, she loves quirky borders, lots of texture using dots, dashes, slashes, lines.  She is into collages and altering them.  She loves pointy hats and striped stockings.  Lots of illegible journaling and colourful quotes.

To begin I created my journal from Stonehenge paper and used a Teesha video for instructions. To decorate the cover I tried a technique I saw on line.  I painted coloured blocks all over, then after it dried I stencilled with black paint and then again with white, making a third layer.

I began my Title pages with my signed contract and the list of players in postal order.  Opposite I used a quirky image and added some information to help people along.

Nest I did my spread.  I chose another quirky image to collage over a bright background.  The background has various marks made on it as well as some stamping and stencils. I outlined the lady in gold pen and highlighted some of the gold in her costume.  Also used Inca gold with stencil to make a kind of halo.  The quote reads....Collect as precious, the words of the Wise and Virtuous which  I chose because my image is called The Night Collector.

This is the back page where I have added some little tags for people to sign and date when they receive the journal and maybe add a few words about their experience.

The next pictures are close-ups showing the borders I have added.
I hope you all have fun and enjoy a little bit of Teesha.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Tree (as Spirit) is ready

I have been making my Tree journal
 for the next round of the Australian Art Journal Swap
 that I run through our facebook group
 the Australian Art Swap Group

I am a passionate tree lover 
and see trees as sacred and have so many ideas
 of pages to do on this theme

My journal is made using Stonehenge print making paper for the signatures - this is my favorite mixed media paper ever and I usually use it for any hand made book binding I create, and I used some repurposed Arches heavy weight water colour paper for the covers. I wanted a really heavy strong cover as I knew I wanted to include a "tree" 

 The tree I wanted to include I found in a local street it is an actual branch but resembles a whole tree and has been flattened by being run over by cars but was still so beautiful I saw it as a metaphor for life, so often we can be run over but we do still have a real beauty.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


I have spent the past five days getting my round 5 journal ready to send out for another exciting adventure. While deciding what I wanted to make, I came across the lace covered envelope that was sent to me by Faye in a recent flowish journal swap and I knew I really wanted to use this as my cover. It is sturdy and flexible and light wieght, and would be great for traveling around our beautiful country to other artists.

 This is what the fabric covered envelope from Faye looked like on the outside.

This is the inside of the cover also showing the cardboard strips for the spine

I cut the size I wanted, 7inches by 9 inches which to me is a comfortable size to use. Then I grabbed my bronze acrylic paint and brushed it over the outside cover...I was in a 'bronze' coloured mood...LOL

 I had to strengthen the spine so I cut two rounghly 1 inch strips that I used to place on the inside and outside of the spine. It wasn't staying glued with the wet glue I had on hand so I ended up sewing the strips together using my old but working sewing machine and even though a little crooked, it turned out fine. I also painted the strips in bronze to match the patch painting I had on the cover.

 Sewing the two strips on for the spine wasn't as hard as I first thought it would be. I just took my time and went slow so I didn't break the needle.
 I was very happy with the way the outside cover of my journal was looking but for the inside I wanted something a bit different, so I glued down a heap of magazing words onto a piece of paper and then photocopied the word covered paper in black and white.

This is the sheet of paper I used to glue down the magazine words then photocopy

I then used black paint to paint around the edges of the inside cover.

And then used double sided tape and a glue stick to glue down the photocopies on the inside front and back cover of my journal...I liked it a lot and it was different.
Once happy with my cover I ripped the 130gsm pages, 7x9 in,  for the journal and used a basic phamphlet stitch with three holes and using organza ribbon to sew them in to the cover.  As you can see in the picture above.

I am very happy with the look and feel of my journal for Round 5 in our Australian Art Journal Swap and I look forward to seeing and working in all the other journal in this round. Thank you xox