This is what is on my work desk lately:
Work desk, kitchen table, art studio, couch... wherever!
To make my new sketchbook, I took a variety of painted papers, scraps and blank paper and cut them to size. Then, I cut a piece of thick black board to fit the sketchbook. I bound the book on either side, so it opens up to a four page spread!
Did you know there is a weekly blog feature by Stamping Ground where people share what is on their workdesk? There are lots of artsy craftsy things going on with those participants.
I bought a spiral binding tool! I was like a kid at Christmastime with this thing. It is the Zutter Bind It All. I bought mine from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, so it was only about $38. I figured it was a good investment, considering I've been taking stacks of papers to the copy place to have them bind my things for about $5 or $6 each time. So, if I bind about 8 books it will be worth the price of binding them at a store. Plus, it's just so much fun! It took a little finagling to figure out how to punch the holes quickly and evenly. But, now I think I have the hang of it. I thought if it was easy I would take it to school to bind kids' sketchbooks, but it is too time consuming to punch all the holes and bind a book together. It is not a quick process, but the punching and binding is a satisfying process. So, it will be for home use.
|This was an old (like 10 years) greeting card I made that I cut in half and bound in the book.|
|I added some fun ephemera into the book. These two I bought from Etsy.|
|Paintings cut up and bubble prints on the right.|
|I cut up this painting and added it to the book. It was just sitting in my closet anyways. Scrapbook paper in the middle..|
|The page on the left is from a very old book about creativity.|
|Cut up ink painting on left and creativity text from that same book on right.|
|Painted backgrounds and cute illustration.|
|These papers were made by laying fabric, ribbon and doilies on a color copier.|
Julie Balzer has a weekly blog feature called Art Journal Every Day which you should check out if you are into art journaling.