Since moving up to Edinbugh in 2013 I have been art making everyday . I have written before that I started Art journalling in January., but I havn’t shown you the explosion of activity that this has unleashed.
I have always collected ephemera and visited second hand/ charity/ thrift shops on a weekly basis. Now I look for books , vintage papers , magazines and music paper at bargain prices.
Why pay £6 for a new A5 cartridge paper sketch book when you can get a cheap hard back for 50p ? Granted it takes time and effort to alter it but what else am I going to do in front of the TV in the evenings?
Collaged pages for journalling – inside a book
altered books ready to work in
The documented Life Journal set up by https://arttothe5th.squarespace.com
Is a fab source of ideasf or prompts about what to put into your book. They have free videos , step by step instructions and featured artists. I started last year and built up a reference library of ideas and samples of my work over the year. This years he focus is on journalling techniques like. gelli printing and ink. Below are some sample abstract pages I made up recently
Inks and stencils
Shaving foam marvelling
Sample pages from 2015