Journal Challenge for Myself

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Creative Exercises, Journaling | 3 comments

In October my friend Connie presented me with a journal she made, it is stunning. She made it using a cover of a vintage book. She decorated every single page. Each one is so thoughtful, so full of texture and imagery that she glued, stitched, drew and collaged.

Notice the name of the author.....

Notice the name of the author…..

Look at all the layers!

Look at all the layers!

Most of you know that I normally work on white pages, so this journal was a bit of a challenge for me, both because it was already so beautiful to look at, and because I was not sure how to approach a page with so much content already on it.

I decided to try and work with the pages so what Connie did and what I added looked purposeful, as though we were working together.

Here are a couple of my pages.

Note taking on a journal day with friends.

Note taking on a journal day with friends.

Drawing a reader at the Orthodontist.

Drawing a reader at the Orthodontist.

Detail of reader

Detail of reader

Repeating the image from the bottom of the page.

Repeating the image from the bottom of the page.

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Detail of the writing and drawing I added.

Drawing from Oprah Magazine.

Drawing from Oprah Magazine.

In this one I added polka dots, and extended the writing across the page.

In this one I added polka dots, and extended the writing across the page.

It has been a design challenge to do each page, trying to kill ever so many birds with one stone! I want to journal my life and surroundings, and for the first time make each page look like a nice artful composition. The least I can do to appreciate a gift like this.

Can you tell where I start and Connie ends?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Wow! Gorgeous handmade journal and painted pages, Jill!

  2. Wow, what a gift! You must feel very loved. And she must be very honored to see the effort you have put in and the beauty you’ve created. The pages are just fabulous. I’m inspired!

  3. OMG! I marvel at the richness of your pages but I was AMAZED to see the original book! It is just the kind of book I collect as I research the history of 1000 Islands.
    LOL! You never know where the journey will take you. Went to Amazon and ordered up a copy of the original. Thanks for the tip! still chuckling, linda

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