I recently shared a few photos of my new fabric art journal and finally found time to upload some full size shots. As with all my Fragments projects, this art journal has a theme – Breathing Space – and I found that using a minimal design was the perfect way to represent this theme.
Sometimes it can be difficult to get started on a new project, but I’ve found that working with a theme really helps to provide a focus for developing a story, and this in turn makes it easier to create the visual art that tells that story.
When you think of art journaling, you tend to think of painting, sketching, writing, and creating collaged art using paper journals or sketchbooks. And although I’ve always been attracted to the idea of art journaling, I never quite managed to maintain an interest in working solely with paper sketchbooks. For me, combining mixed media techniques with fabric and stitch is so much more creative and fun.
This art journal is made completely from fabric with a few enhancements to make the pages stiff like paper, but still sewable. The technique for making this fabric art journal is currently available to students in my Fragments class, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what they create. In the coming months I’ll also be sharing techniques for painting and using mixed media on fabric. You can find more about Fragments here.
This art journal was quite a lot of fun to make and I’m already in the process of making another. Stay tuned.