Here is my new art journal that I created last night. I took Teesha Moore’s idea for her 16 page journal and created three signatures, hand stitched them between two canvas panels held together with white bookcloth.
Like Teesha, I used Fabriano 140lb. cold press watercolor paper in Bright White. (I bought the paper in 22″x30″ sheets from the local Dick Blick store). Look at the variety of folds within the pages. I like the idea of having different sizes of pages to work on as some days you may have a lot to paint or write about and other days not so much. There are 48 total pages to play with in here. Can’t wait to get started.
Keep it simple!
This morning while getting ready for work, I glanced over at my nightstand and realized that I have a huge stack of books waiting to be started or finished. Obviously I have a book obsession as well as art.
Here is my list:
The Artists Way - read this and am keeping it by the bed for reference
Live Through This - waiting to be read
The Screwtape Letters - third time reading this
How Good is Good Enough - waiting to be read
10-10-10 - not sure I will ever get to this
Life is a Verb - great book, about half way done
The Total Money Makeover - another great book, working the baby steps
Quilting Arts Magazine – always wonderful eye candy and great to look at when you don’t want to “read”
The Satorialist - loads of fashion ideas from just normal folks on the street
My Life in France - great autobiography of Julia Child and her time spent in France
This is quite an eclectic stack of Art, Drama, God, Business, Money, Fashion, and Food. There is another stack of books on American History waiting for my attention on a smaller table across from the bed.
Speaking of books - I have started putting some my art books up for sale on Amazon. You can view them by my seller name: marciglenn
Here are some of the titles that are up there now:
I bought this wonderful book by David Lebovitz a few days ago and have just devoured its pages. David’s writing is brilliant and entertaining. His daily interaction with Parisians is laugh-out-loud hilarious. My in-laws are French and everything that he has written is true! I am about half way through and have already made two batches of the Chocolate Chip Cream Puffs.
I highly recommend his book and hope that you will consider it the next time you are looking for wonderful cooking and baking recipes mixed in with daily clips of life in Paris. bon appétit.
than seeing your artwork published in a book?
Tonight I received my copy of L.K. Ludwig’s newly released book “Collaborative Art Journals and Shared Visions in Mixed Media”.
As I began to turn page after page, soaking in the beautiful candy, I was taken back when I looked at a page, recognized it and then looked underneath the photo to see this:
artist: Marci Glenn
Oh sweet affirmation! Really, is there anything better than to be acknowledged as the person you knew you always were? Thank you L.K. for including my art in the same book with so many talented, fabulous, well-known artists!
Last October I started my journey in artful recycling by creating a journal out of paper scrap that was in my recycle bin. The idea started when I saw Ingrid Dijkers recycled journal on her blog and challenged myself to do something similar. I pulled the journal out a few days ago and finished priming all the pages with gesso. Next was to paint the backgrounds. Here is what I have done so far.
These two pages are the back of a Kleenex box and a raisin box. I used some masking tape to mask different layers of paint. I love this look, it reminds me of graffiti.
This is the front side of a brown manilla envelope.
Here is the backside of that brown manila envelope.
Below is the front side of the half clock face. You can still see some of the numbers through the pain layers.
Here is the back of that clock face page.
These pages are now ready for collage, journaling and embellishments.
Keep it simple!