You can’t think yourself out of a writing block, you have to write yourself out of a thinking block.
Before the summer started, and before I got hung up working a “real” job…I started working on a journal for a class with Brave Girls Club (I posted about it way back when).
So, it was an awesome class! I hope I can get it together and take another in the near future. But for now, I’m still poking along with a few of the activities, enjoying the inspired soul-searching found making the journal.
I won’t bore you with the inner conversation parts, but I really do want to share a couple of things.
As I’ve told you before, I do love to use old books, especially free-to-me books, as art journals. Each one offers its own set of challenges and surprises. I love the smell of the pages in an older book. I love the feel of different kinds of finishes from different books. I love having a huge variety of sizes and shapes from using old books. And I love that I can use what’s on the pages to add interest and layers and texture to what I’m doing on top of the pages…
For this project, I used a book about women in architecture. In retrospect, it really didn’t have as much room in the book as I could’ve used…next time for a specific project I’ll have to give that some more thought.
But it has a great shape, a great linen-style cover, and lots of cool pictures on glossy paper inside the book.
I got better this round at prepping the book: I used a straight-edge to hold down on the inside of the pages as I ripped out every other page. The pages themselves were pretty heavy and glossy, so I didn’t need to glue any of them together.
The other main thing I learned from this book prep:
Make sure you know that the book is not something you’ll later regret arting all over. I only realized after I had really gotten going, it was an autographed copy of the book. I might have looked to see if anyone would want that autographed copy. Duh.
I did end up making sure to use the autograph by painting a frame around it. It turned out pretty sweet, but I did feel kind of bad about not noticing it in the beginning.
And I really really really love the cover! The inner stuff is personal and kind of boring for anyone other than me, the cover is so totally something to share 🙂