Inspired by a gorgeous art journal…

I saw this journal on Pinterest and just fell in love with it…I can only see the cover but am in love  with  the style in which it is done..it is created by Francoise Melzani on flickr

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…another gorgeous art journal inspiration is from Valerie Sjodin ..and here is my take on the gratitude journal..I created this in January of 2013….it has pages with cut edges and fold out sides  that you can write on and fold inward

image..so I knew I really wanted to have the cut edges on the cover of the journal…similar to what I have on my gratitude journal, but more like the journal by Francoise, above….

image                                                                                                          I cut my cardboard and pages using 140 lb watercolor paper and some file folders…there are six different pages all together and folded makes twelve…here is a bit of my process ….gesso inside covers

image                                                                                                                                            ……………….fold signatures

image                                                                                                                                                 …gesso the signature pages to give a little tooth to the smooth page….

imageimage                                                                                                                                                 use Gesso on a stamp to create texture

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image                                                                                                                             fold pages into signature..maybe 3 or 4 to each signature..

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image                                                                                                                                             .. sew in signatures and add embellishments

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image                                                                                                                                                   …….add pages and  and highlight edges with stamp pad or marker

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image                                                                                                                                                            ….paint and decorate cover

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image                                                                                                                                              …finished cover and signatures, now may add some words and a bird..

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