Category Archives: Art Journals

SUMMER VACATION – Sea Shells – Handmade Book

SUMMER VACATION – HANDMADE BOOK/ART JOURNAL – Using my sea shell photographs taken on the beach along with illustrations and information about the shells.  I imagine this book as an inspiration to go to the beach and “collect” shells by taking home their photos in their natural environment, researching their names (perhaps by using my book “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” – sold on Amazon!) and doing sketches of the shells.  We can enjoy walks on the beach and protect our coastal environments.  I have seen beaches here in San Diego that 40 years ago had shells and today have none.  If we hope to have future generations enjoy seeing shells on the beach, then we must “Leave Nothing, Take Nothing”.  

BUTTERFLY BOOKS TO CELEBRATE SPRING!

BUTTERFLY BOOKS STITCHED & READY TO FLY INTO YOUR HANDS TO CELEBRATE SPRING!  A page from my Handmade Books Art Journal shows details of how to make these little books.  I used watercolor paper for the front & back of the butterfly & hand painted them.  Each butterfly book has different kinds of paper “pages”.  The yellow butterfly has gelli paper printed with metallic ink pages.  The orange Monarch butterfly has pages created from a coastal California map where this butterfly migrates.  The blue butterfly pages are made of colored tissue paper & tulle netting.  Using a cereal box, I made a cardboard template of the butterfly to cut them out, but each butterfly is handpainted!  Hope you are inspired to make your own Spring butterfly books!

COLLAGE TAGS TO LABEL ART JOURNALS, PRESENTS OR WHATEVER YOU LIKE!

200 COLLAGE TAGS PROJECT!  I created 200 plus collage tags years ago.  Making these tags was addictive & satisfying.  I used small magazine photos, other paper ephemera, which I rubber stamped over the images with metallic inks.  I added jewels, trinkets & embellished the tags with beautiful assorted ribbons.  The tags were created by color & subject so I have tags with different themes – India, the Sea, Animals, Gardens, Flowers, Jewels, Fantasy, Art, etc.  When I photographed the tags, I photographed them by subject and/or color.  The tags are filed by subject in boxes for easy access.  One of the uses for these tags is hanging them on my handmade art journals.  These art journals look the same lined up on the shelf, but I can quickly look at the tags to tell me what subject the journal is about and what dates the journal covers.  By the way, I photo the pages in all my journals so I can look at all the pages in each journal in my computer.  This allows me to easily find any page I am looking for and to know what art journal that page is in.  (I also have a 4 drawer file cabinet with magazine images saved in files by subject.  You might say I thrive on organization!)