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Junk Mail Journal

Junk Mail Journal

Awhile back (circa 2008), I made this little art journal from my junk mail. I gathered all the little postcards and card stock weight ads that collected near my computer, cut the larger ones down to size (approximately 4″ x 6″).  I punched and bound them into a little book.  *The photo above shows the plain book right after binding.  There are 11 cards bound into the book – one folds out to double its size.

Here are some of the finished pages:

Junk Journal Page - Lio and Fish

I decided to play around with some of my paper scraps and see what developed.  This page was made from scrapbook papers, newspaper clippings, a sticker, stamping, doodles, Indian ink pens, a paint marker, and sparkly gel pens (the entire fish is colored with sparkle).

Junk Mail Journal Page - Free Dream

Just magazine and catalog bits glued to a piece of junk mail, with a bit of doodles thrown in for good measure.

Junk Mail Journal - Skulls

I started cutting skulls from magazines and catalogs, and pasted them on the page. I added a layer of gesso tinted with a drop of blue acrylic paint to blend the background layer. I then drew skulls with pens and markers on pieces of junk mail and paper scraps, and pasted them all over the page.

Junk Mail Journal - Adventures

This page is made up of collage, paint and doodles. All of the text was cut from junk mail. The doodles were drawn on the pattern side of security envelopes from junk mail. The page itself started out as a sales postcard.

Junk Mail Journal - Choose

This was one of the first pages I worked on.  It features a collage of scrapbook paper and magazine clippings, with acrylic paint, Indian ink and paint pens.

I have a large collection of journals,  junk journals, notebooks, and doodle books.  I hope to have time to feature more pages from them soon!


Day at the Beach Matchbox Shrine

Beach Themed Pocket Shrine

I created this shrine for a birthday RAK. I used a standard 1-1/2″ x 2″ matchbox for this shrine. To begin, I painted the box interior light blue. I used a palm tree punch on very heavy cardstock to cut out my palm tree shapes.

Using scissors I cut a little island shape from the heavy cardstock and glued the palm trees to the island. Next I painted the island and trees using acrylic paints.

I then painted the water blue and added a bit of painted white foam to create waves. The sandy beach was also painted with acrylic paints. I creased the painted scene in the middle to create a dimensional image

Clouds were created by gluing bits of fiberfill to the sky. I then glued the painted scene into the match box. The top edge (trees) stand out from the background, with the creased center edge attached to the bottom/back edge of the matchbox. The foreground (beach) slopes towards you and is attached to the lip of the matchbox.

I used Diamond Glaze to topcoat the water and give a shiny appearance. I added tiny seashell buttons (with the shanks removed) to dress up the beach.

The exterior of the box was covered with scrapbook paper, a sun image, and colorful fibers.

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