Thursday, June 16, 2011

Glue Books

Glue books are loads of fun. This is a great way to preserve your favorite images in a colorful collection. All it takes is a pair of scissors and a bottle of glue. I like the good old fashioned Elmer's glue for this too. You can clutter the pages up with images or keep a simple and focused design. There are many options with glue books and the best part is that you can start your kids on them at a very young age. Maybe they go through a phase where they just love butterflies. They could collect images of butterflies over several pages gluing them in, even overlapping them in areas. Because this book is for private use and your own pleasure, not for sale or other use, you can use images you might not use otherwise. Art it up with paint, Stamps, Stickers, etc. if you wish or just keep it simple.

Here is a peek at my glue book:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bits and Pieces of Me

Back in High School I wrote a lot of poetry. Most of it was honestly pretty lame, but back then I thought it was pretty good. At one point I started pasting some of my poems into a hard bound sketchbook. I added a few images to the cover and some of the pages and eventually abandoned it. After several moves I found this treasure buried in a cardboard box and brought some new life to it. Some of the poetry was just so dark or so juvenile that I ripped it out or gessoed over most of it, leaving only this vague shadow of where the words still linger. They are bits and pieces of my past that I can't say goodbye to yet. I'm bringing them into the future with me and helping these pages mature with the latest techniques and ideas I have learned through the years. Besides gesso, collage, found text, water color and water soluble crayons are my favorite tools on these pages.

This is my poetry art journal:

Friday, June 10, 2011

My Original Sketches and Stock Images Journal

As I promised, this is the first of many sneak peeks at my journals. I made a few videos so I could properly show them off. This one features what you can do with a stock images. This is a great place to store art that you can copy and recycle for future journaling. Maybe you like a face but not the body. You can easily copy that page on a simple copier, cut it out, and collage the desirable element into a brand new piece of art. There is so much you can do with this type of journal. Reprint and change the color structure of the piece, copy for ATC prints, find quick inspiration, print personal coloring pages for your kids. The possibilities are endless.

Here it is: