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As a thanks to everyone for donating I'm loading up all 3 issues of my zine, Evidence here for free. I've got one more sketchbook to scan and get loaded  up. I should have it up in a day or two.

The link opens a dropbox folder. Right click the links and click open in a new window. After taht you can print the zine or just read it.



New To This Site

Started by Marfa Otano in Introductions. Last reply by Marfa Otano yesterday. 3 Replies

I want to introduce myself.  My name is Marfa and I have been art journaling for several years.  I usually work with markers, pens, color pencils and watercolors.  But I like to change things sometimes.  I'm looking forward to looking through the art gallery and enjoying your work.Continue

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Gluing fabric onto journal pages or covers

Started by Susan Jane Ankeney in Everything Else. Last reply by Kathy yesterday. 2 Replies

There are tricks to gluing fabric and other pourous materials and papers. Felt was my evil other for awhile. You need to get your glue into the fibers but not saturate them. One of the best is Elmer’s Glue All. Spread the glue with your fingers onto the page (not the fabric, etc). Get a nice even layer, thinner rather then medium-er. Wait a second. It needs to be tacky not wet. Then put your piece of whatever down but do not slam/bam/pressure cooker. Just press with the palm of your hand to…Continue

Tags: burlap, felt, cloth, glue, fabric

Rant: Authenticity vs profit / personal opinion

Started by Susan Jane Ankeney in Everything Else. Last reply by Marfa Otano on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Begin rant (hopefully a thoughtful one):The formalized, personality and product driven part of art journaling (and related)  can squash creativity. Theme or prompts or any of that are tools. Like a brush or a pair of scissors. If you want to explore that tool, go for it. If you end up going on some tangent, do that instead. Once upon a time scrapbookers did a scrapbook of whatever they had. Then famous people, products, ads, magazines, conventions, and the whole mess happened, and no one could…Continue

Tags: creatiity


Started by Rafael López, Jr. in Introductions. Last reply by Rafael López, Jr. May 10. 25 Replies

A week before the Christmas holiday I got the official word from my college congratulating me on getting my BA—Integrated Art w/Psychology.  It had been a particularly hard year.  A twelve year relationship came to an end and I doubted whether I would finish at all, but I made it despite the personal loss.Now, I will be concentrating on my Masters in Art Therapy at the School for the Art Institute of Chicago.  Relocation from Pennsylvania, new relationship status, new short-term and long-term…Continue

One of THOSE journal pages

Started by Susan Jane Ankeney in Everything Else. Last reply by Lisa Armato May 3. 6 Replies

Ever had a journal page that went south/sour/stinky or whatever? I just watched this YouTube here. Any artist who has the courage to keep going is one of my heroes. Obscuring layers don't always hide the awful truth. Working an area over and over leaves unintended texture and other annoying byproducts. This artists made her struggles part of the page.What have you done with one of THOSE pages? Was it molding paste? Wild…Continue

Tags: rescue, solution, failure, mistake

Cutting Tools / One Opinion

Started by Susan Jane Ankeney in Everything Else. Last reply by Maura Flood Apr 21. 12 Replies

This is my personal opinion on cutting tools. There are other options. I’ve tried quite a few over the years and this is what I settled on. Your needs are certain to vary but this could be a place to start if you are a beginner or frustrated with what you are using.The primary cutting tool is scissors. The one rule is the more you spend the better the cutting experience. Those 99¢ scissors may cut well for a time but then they go bad to worse overnight and can’t be sharpened. I’m a Fiskars fan…Continue

Tags: flat bed cutters, craft knives, scissors, cutting

Art Journaling Adhesives

Started by Susan Jane Ankeney in Everything Else. Last reply by Susan Jane Ankeney Apr 16. 17 Replies

I’m going to cover some collage and mixed media adhesives in this thread. I mostly do collage but I do stick all sorts of things down including plastics and fabric, even twigs and tea bags. Using the right adhesive for the job is key to getting good stick-tion and long term results. I’ll start with my favorite paper adhesives first.-------------------------Tape runners changed how I do found paper collage (my primary medium). Wet glue is so messy and often bleeds through papers -- resulting in…Continue

Tags: tape, collage, mediums, acrylic, glue

Introduction: Hi I'm Bibi

Started by Bibi in Introductions. Last reply by Bibi Apr 14. 6 Replies

I'm fairly new to journaling. Started about 2 years ago & have been doing it on and off. I am glad to share my work here. Thank you all for including me!Continue

Rubber stampers?

Started by Susan Jane Ankeney in Material Techniques. Last reply by Susan Jane Ankeney Apr 14. 37 Replies

I love them for their recognizable immediacy. Now that I do mixed media I worship permanent ink pads because my stamped images can be worked over with wet media or stamped on top of anything reasonably smooth.Are you a collector? Or just own a few? Do you carve your own? Or use “found” objects to stamp with? Do you prefer old fashion rubber, cling or clear stamps?If you have stamps that are gathering dust maybe we can inspire you to pick them up and use them. Post your questions and feelings…Continue

Tags: stamps, rubber

Update the Quest -- Pens & Markers

Started by Susan Jane Ankeney in Pens, Markers, Pencils. Last reply by Kathy Apr 14. 5 Replies

There are always new pens and markers coming out on the market, so maybe it's time to revisit this topic. What are you loving now? Please include a link or screen capture -- artists are visual people after all.Continue


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Travel Journaling

This is a free workshop that deals with getting ready to travel with your art journal. The later videos deal with prepping the journal for use on the road.
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This informal group is open to anyone of any level or any emphasis. I only ask that discussion and sharing be about collage. If collage is a bit murky try this definition: sticking down papers as art. I’ll leave the experts to get fancy and confusing. Of course it impossible to be purists since mixed media is the vogue.See More
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Lisa Armato replied to Susan Jane Ankeney's discussion What to put where and how? in the group Collage Class
"I've been watching a bunch of YouTube videos on perspective drawing lately.  And I've found that what I'm learning or remembering from watching is showing up in my art journal pages.  Not anything specific, but perhaps more…"
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Lisa Armato replied to Susan Jane Ankeney's discussion Blowing in the Wind (Bob Dylan) in the group Collage Class
"The glass pebbles are a great idea!  I usually work on collage in our sun room, and because it gets quite warm in there, I have the ceiling fan on.  And my dog finds it amusing to carry off or destroy anything that blows to the…"
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"Thank you so much, Kathy!"
Marfa Otano replied to Marfa Otano's discussion New To This Site
"Thank you, ladies :-)"
Kathy replied to Susan Jane Ankeney's discussion Gluing fabric onto journal pages or covers
"I have ironed fusible web to fabric and then the fabric to cardstock or copy paper to give it more stability for cutting shapes out of it and also so that the glue doesn't get up into the fabric.  One thing I have wanted to try is use…"
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"I know "those days" well!  I love he lettering and the facial expression most!"
Kathy replied to Marfa Otano's discussion New To This Site
"Hi Marfa, welcome!"
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I like my friends, but there are *those days*, y'know? Inktense, acrylic paint, molding paste, mica gel, colored pencil lettering on tissue paper, Collage Pauge. Sorry the photo's kind of dark.
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