Lately, I haven't been working in my journals. I have been forcing myself to work in two of the current journals that I have but I hate them. HATE them, Hate working in them, nothing inspires me and I dislike everything about them. I am sick and tired of them.
Sometimes, this just happens.
Even though I HATE them, I am obsessive when it comes to completing a journal. I will finish them but I won't like it. Then I can move on. But it is interesting how my dislike of this book is showing in the pages I make. This is a good reminder that sometimes you just have to go with the movement of making something even if you don't like the results. It's all part of the creative process.
Yes, I do. Spray paint is my favorite type of paint and I love using it in my journals. This journal is a recycled wire bound desk type calendar. I took the calendar apart, saved the pretty pages and spray painted several of the actual appointment pages. They rest of the pages went to the paper recycling bin. I re-bound the pages to make the wire bound journal. Some pages still show evidence of spray paint and stencils. Some end up nearly covered with other paint and markers. I like the original calendar pages mixed in with the journal pages that I make. This page was made with torn pieces of a copy of an original collage I made in 2007. I like doing that. Give it a try, make a good copy of an original piece of your artwork, then tear the copy up and use it for journal pages. Then make a copy of your that journal page with the torn collage and tear it up and reuse it. So you see where this is going, the results are infinite.
A while back, I spray painted pages from an old wire bound desk calendar book. I pick this book up every so often and work on a page or two. When I first sprayed the pages, I didn't know what to do with the original Redoute flower prints. They were too pretty to cover up but they seemed jarring next to the sprayed pages. Now that I have worked a few pages, I like the contrast and will leave the Redoute pages as they are. Although, some journaling on them would be kind of fun. Below is how the spray painted background looked before I started working the page. I didn't care for it much but kept working on it until I had something that I liked.