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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


…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






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


image                                                                                                                                             .. sew in signatures and add embellishments


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




image                                                                                                                                                            ….paint and decorate cover


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

10 Responses to Inspired by a gorgeous art journal…

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  2. two beautiful books, wow. I especially love the spirals on the first one. You did a spectacular job!

  3. Such an wesome work, beautiful colors and layout. Love it!

  4. So beautiful and inspiring!
    Thank you so much for sharing your process.


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