"When we all think alike, then no one is thinking."
— Walter Lippman

Friday, November 20, 2015

Art Journals

Here are three examples of my latest Art Journals with hand painted covers and bright embellished spines.
After searching around for brightly colored and patterned spine cloth,  I finally decided to make my own. and found that it is not hard to do.  The process involves bonding fabric to tissue using a product called Heat and Bond Ultra, which is a very strong heat reactive adhesive.   This makes a strong and durable spine cloth, and allows me to choose my own fabrics to use.   So now, the possibilities are endless.
 The spines are also embellished with long strings of waxed linen and beads.  
If you choose to embellish the spines of your journals, be sure do so in a way that allows the beads to move out of the way when working in the book.
The beaded tassels on these journals can be flipped up and out of the way when working in the books.
These books are all 6x8 inches and have 3 signatures of heavy weight paper for mixed media.  Just right for painting, drawing, writing, and collage work.
The covers were hand painted with acrylic paint using masks and stencils that I cut myself.
They should make great Art Journals !


Gwen Lafleur said...

Your journals are beautiful! And thanks so much for the tip on the Heat and Bond Ultra - I'd never heard of that product, but it's such a great idea!

Ann Renee Lighter said...

Thanks, Gwen !

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