My Art Journal – The White Man

My recent workspace - my dining table

My recent work space – dining table

My Art Journal - The White Men

My Art Journal – The White Men

I recently posted my current work space – my dining table – onto FB and this photo prompted a question about my art journal open on the table.  As I have been asked about it a few times before so here it is.

Generally I love all things recycled in my art so prefer to work in an altered book.  I get them in the charity shop and choose them by the quality of the paper and a spine that open flat. If it has interesting photos inside that is a bonus.  This book definitely has those! So apologies to the author lol!  Buying books for re-purposing can make for some hilarious conversations with helpful shop assistants who ask what subject I am looking for!  Being book lovers they generally don’t approve and as I do love really old books myself and I do use some discretion – yea right!

Once I have the right book I am in art journal heaven – sometimes I keep the photos that are already there, sometimes I alter them and sometimes I cover them up completely.  I sometimes use words found in the existing text in my pages as found poetry.  I use pages to clean up my inks and brushes from previous pages so that is there waiting for me next time and I also randomly stick collage down if I find something nice and don’t want to loose it.

At the moment this book has 12 finished pages in it and you can see them in my Flickr Gallery and I have another 5 pages nearing completion including the page the started this conversation above – here it is in more detail.

Photo 20-06-2016s

My final tip if you are thinking of doing this yourself is to spread your pages over the entire book rather than working from front to back – this allows the spine to have even pressure over it as the book expands.  I generally do not take pages out but I do sometimes glue pages together if the paper is not substantial enough.

There you go – my art journal explained – email me if you have any questions.

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