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I am showing you how to paper weave in a journal. This can be made on a larger separate paper using the same steps.
Extra paper from shaving cream project see previous post
Cutting board or x-acto knife or scissors
Cut the paper and then strips half an inch or less. Then decide which papers are going to be horizontal. Then glue the top of the horizontal paper to the journal page you will only glue the very top parts of the paper do not glue the entire horizontal strip of paper.
Then add washi tape at the top to secure that portion that was glued down. Then you will start your weaving. Pick another strip of paper and start weaving under and over you’re going to alternate. When you get to the end pick up another paper and then weave again but alternate from what you did previously. So if you started under for your first weaving strip then your second strip will start with over.
Once you are finished you can cut the edges of the remaining paper strips or you could fold them into the journal page. This would be your choice of what you want to do.
You will need to have decorative paper. This can be ordered online, found at the craft store in the scrap booking section, or you can save interesting design paper from the mail or from gifts or wrapping paper. Also needed is mod podge. You can have it glossy or matte, either is fine. It really comes down to what you prefer.
I also suggested a stencil. This stencil will be easier for those that what an image without having to free hand draw it. You can trace an image as well through a light box. Pick a simple object, and then you can make more complicated ones later.
You draw your image, I used an apple shape. Then tear the decorative paper into small pieces and use the mod podge to glue it down onto the image you drew, the goal is to fill it in with decorative paper.
After it dries you can use a marker and trace the edge for a border.
Art Journaling helps to reduce stress. It is a tool to help with self-growth. It allows for your brain to relax and release the mental thoughts that are causing anxiety. An art journal exercise is a relaxing activity that involves color, pattern, texture and self-expression. Using an art journal can increase your artistic expression and freedom.
Art journaling can help to focus and manifest goals. The entire art journal can include inspirations, quotes, pictures, travel, a dream home, or a dream job etc.
Topics and Themes for Art Journals
4 elements-earth, fire, wind, water
Zig-zag line drawing
Relationships: family, friends
Health and Fitness
Goals and dreams
Part One of the Creative Journal
The Journal I am introducing for the first section of creating a journal is a technique journal. You will learn different techniques to use in a journal that will give you expressive and interesting effects that can add creativity and detail to your journal page.