Friday, May 29, 2015

Deconstructed Art Journal - Trash

I have so many projects going at the moment I decided to start another one.  Deconstructed Art Journaling.   This is a great alternative to the traditional Art Journal Swap where you start a Journal and send it out in to the unknown and hope to get it back one day

For this Deconstructed Art Journaling group you make 5 pages and send each one out individually to a set group of 5 people.  Each of the other 4 send back a page.   For this group we are using 8 X 8 inch pages folded in half so they fit into a business envelope.  This should keep mailing costs down. We will be decorating the 8 X 8 spread and back sides as 2,  4x 8 spreads.  3 works of art!

My first swap group theme is Trash.  I have a 1.5 months to complete and I've already started the planning and gathering of junk and trash and a few basic supplies that I already have in the house.  NO PURCHASES for this swap - except for the stamp.  I'm out of stamps but there is plenty of time to get more.

Here is, hopefully,  my steps in the process.

 Step one - I decided to use brown paper shopping bags for my base paper.   This one is from Whole Foods and I may try and work in the bees.  Check out the take out bags from Chipolte. 


Step 2.  cut out the 8 x 8  pieces and prep.  I'm only going to gesso the 8 x 8 at this time.  Thinking fo leaving the 4 x 8  o'natural.  Not sure if you can see but in the upper right hand corner of the desk paper I've written some notes and done a really rough sketch of the 3 layouts.
Step 3.  Gather the supplies.  I may or may not use all of these and will probably find more to use.  Hmm - no tea bag stuff or newspapers here.    2 of my pre-existing projects are quilting and crocheting.  Therefore there will be material and yarn scraps involved - these scraps are all over the house so why not.
  I will be using Gesso, 3 acrylic paints various  paints, modpodge, paint brushes and possibly glue and tape.  (I love my double sided score tape).  Everything else is stuff that would be thrown away.
    Here's the 8 x 8 inch spread with second layer of paint.    A gold foil circle from a cup cake box, paper from Kotex, Owl and Lion from Juicy Fruit, material from my quilting project and a leaf from a Subway wrapper.

And the finished 8 x8 spread.  I went back and cut the gold foil at the crease line. so it would fold better.  Added detail from Life cereal box and a bit of netting from wine bottles.

  So I got rolling and didn't take pictures of the 4 x8 pages progress.
 The Green Giant is the last page.  The blue and grey patterned woven background is from inside envelopes.  The  Basket is the first page and is presenting more trash items for the receiver.   Basket is from a window envelope with tangles W2 tangle. The handle is from gift paper bags.  The bow is folded from grocery ads.

Each double sided 8 x8 journal page is a complete signature and will be bound that way so all sides are visible together   as you page through.

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