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HANDMADE ART BOOK/JOURNAL/SKETCHBOOK WHATEVER YOU PREFER

Last summer I visited Ashland, Oregon to see friends and attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (something I HIGHLY recommend).  My artistic, lovely friends took me on a gallery tour of Ashland (also a must do) where I discovered a coop gallery filled with wonderful work.  Among the works were handmade journals....I knew I had to figure out how to create my own.

I decided to use my recently completed, mixed media painting "Catching Wishes, Hopes and Dreams" as the cover so I scanned it and reproduced it using a laser printer.  I have discovered that my art studio inkjet printer's archival inks run when it gets wet but laser ink doesn't.

I cut out scrap pieces of mat board for the two covers and decided I wanted the spine of the book to be open so I could show some funky, fun papers inside.  I used some actual book fabric a friend gave me (not going to do that again - too stiff), some washi tape (also not using that again - had to repeatedly reglue it) and created a…

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