Spontaneous Deconstructed Journal

Posted by on Jan 9, 2011 in Uncategorized | 10 comments

I teach and make a journal that starts out with flat pages. It is an easy, no-excuses way to journal, since flat pages travel well, and are really easy to use. Two months ago I posted the beginnings of my journal for Journalfest, and now,  I finally finished the whole magilla!!! The first post of the pages in stages and flat, is here:

Now the journal is colored, the spaces filled with my stash from the event, and the pages are bound. Here is the cover.

The journal got really big this time, so much fodder at an event like Journalfest. Great classes, inventive trades, beautiful, historic seaside setting. Ahhhhhh.

All my class notes are here, and the map of my dorm.

I made maps everyday of the tables at breakfast and lunch. This involved a brief interview with my table mates, and the theme was different every time. It is a great way to get to know people, and may enlighten you in ways you never dreamed of. Someone handed out these little brown envelopes, and they were perfect to stash stuff in, like the handouts from the teachers.

Maps, Maps, Maps! You would think I had a thing about maps. I cut up the map I did in Orly Avineri’s class. She is lovely, and amazing.

More maps and wax rubbings. Fort Worden has lots of great opportunities for making wax rubbings. Last year my class was buzzing around finding all the good stuff, and now I know where it is…..

Folder image from Roxanne Padgett’s class and yet another table map.

On the last night the journalers had a masked extravaganza. I sat and drew them while they journaled and all around showed themselves off. Some fancy duds there, I will say that. That night was a real treat for the senses.

There are too many pages in this journal to post, I got a little carried away!

There will be another round of this class

at Artfest this year, in April.


  1. What a pleasure seeing your pages bound. I was in Orly’s class behind you. I love your polls. What a wonderful way to get to know your companions and journal it!

  2. Awesome, Jill! Wish I could go to Artfest this year. Getting a new knee instead.
    Have a great time!

  3. Jill, this is absolutely fabulous! I love the mixture of collage and sketches and the colors! You must share your “binding” process. Thank you for sharing this.

  4. What a great journal. Maybe some year I will go to Journalfest. I am going to Artfest again this year but I can only travel across the US one time a year. Hope to see you there!

  5. loving it jill!!! these pages are so cool!

  6. I’m really looking forward to taking your Maps class at Artfest! Thank you for posting your J’fest journal; I was unable to go this year and wish that more people would have posted their pictures from it in Blogland so I could have seen it vicariously.

  7. obsession or collection…
    i LOVE that!

    oh jill i have sat beside you at arts tables and i love every moment that i have been so humored and graced by your presence.


  8. awesome. a table map. just one of the zillion brilliant ideas in your journal. love it!

  9. Just wonderful, fun work, Jill! What a great way to keep your notes and memories all in one place!

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