Owl in Woods Junk Journal
Hey guys, one of our amazing Junk Journal Design Team Members, Kelly Boler from Book and Paper Arts, has created a really cool junk journal for us. As you know, we are featuring one new Junk Journal each week created by our team of extraordinary artists. Our goal is for you to be totally inspired by this series! Make sure you check out the video tour at the bottom of the page…you need to scroll all the way down to see it. Kelly created this beautiful Owl in Woods Junk Journal project. Are you ready to be inspired? I will let Kelly tell you all about her book…
November’s junk journal takes its inspiration from my recent stay in Asheville, North Carolina where I hiked in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Much of my time was spent collecting talismans of nature and turning them into art supplies to be used through the year that also double as souvenirs: ink from walnut hulls and acorn caps, and eco prints of newly fallen autumn leaves for one-of-a-kind paper. These are the starting point for my journal celebrating the wild forest.
The wraparound cover is Canson mixed media paper that has been steamed with autumn leaves. I did this so it retains their haunting image of the leaf on the cover page. It is tied with a beautiful piece of recycled sari silk.
Inside the Owl in Woods
Inside I used images from a variety of bundles at the Premium Membership site to remind me of my favourite parts of the woods. While I largely meant to invoke the fall season, I couldn’t resist starting with some birds eggs printed on tracing paper. The eggs can be found in the luscious Natural History Birds bundle.
Admittedly, this book is owl heavy and I rarely see owls but you know what I mean! Owls are just amazing creatures and the Graphics Fairy owl images are absolutely breathtaking. I also added notecards with a variety of mushrooms.
All of the notecards are backed with Derwent sketching paper so they can be used for note taking or sketching.
Like several of my fellow Design Team members, I cannot resist the bee-themed images from the Beekeeping bundle on the Premium Members site.
In this journal I used ephemera from the following Premium Member bundles: Fall Colors Ephemera, Autumn Botanicals, Autumn Hue Botanicals, Berries and Cherries, and Naturalist Halloween. Throughout, I used my homemade inks to add depth to pages.
By pouring, dribbling, and variety of mark-making, I laid a path to be followed when sketching into these accidental patterns.
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