What do you do with lots and lots of paintings and experiments? Combine them into a Mixed-Up Journal! Combing through a big box, I chose ones I really liked and ones that needed a make-over.
For the covers, I used Davey boards in a 10.50" x 7.50" size to use more of the folded watercolor papers, mainly my favorite Fabriano Artistico hot press. Bookcloth in a beautiful turquoise color covered the bare boards and I attached part of one of my paintings for the front. Dark brown leather strips and some teal Irish linen thread starred on the sewn-over-tapes binding style. Endpapers are another painting.
I left a lot of room in the binding to allow for collage and attachments. I love being able to use little bits and pieces as well as the larger sizes of watercolor paper.
Even though the book has a lot of painting already done, each can be altered. I know there are some not so great pieces will get some gesso and paint, if not a great photograph or photo transfer, fabric, leaves, mementoes, and various embellishments. And, there are all the backsides that are blank and awaiting!
This is such a fun format and I’ve already begun this journal, feeling so free experimenting and playing.