Thai Travels Junk Journal by Jack ravi
Hey, everyone! Jack Ravi, one of our amazing Junk Journal Design Team Members, created a fabulous Thai Travels Junk Journal for us this week. As you know, we feature one new Junk Journal project each week created by one of our creative team of artists. Our Design Team Members select from the 100’s of Vintage Image Bundles on our Premium Membership Site, for their creations, in order to show you beautiful ways to use those images. We hope you will be totally inspired by this series!
Therefore, please make sure you check out the video tour at the bottom of the page…please scroll all the way down to see it. Are you ready to be inspired? I will step out of the way and let Jack tell you all about his incredible project…
Hello everyone, this is Jack Ravi. My latest project is a personal travel journal, made on my return from my trip to Thailand. It is a compact junk journal meets scrapbook meets art journal. I have used it myself to journal and record quotes and memories from my travels.
The journal is ring bound which allows me to keep adding and to move pages around as this journal evolves and the memories flow back.
For the cover I used an old book that I altered with a prayer fabric, and some rusty finds that I stitched to the board. This journal is called “Yîm” which means smile, as Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles. Inside the journal I incorporated a lot of natural elements mainly found in the jungle. I was mesmerised by the variety of butterflies. Their shapes and patterns were new and unique to me, so I incorporated a half wing found on my return home. The lepidopterist and stock labels were perfect to record these finds.
Another natural element that drew me in, were the leaves. During my trip I saw some of the biggest leaves I have ever seen, and I was able to pick up a few fallen ones to take home with me.
One really fun discovery was that combining images from the Antique India patterns bundle with old book covers gave really graphic and impactful imagery.
A lot of the ticket stubs, maps or small ephemera that I collected was dyed in a bath of tea and rust which gave a nice aged look. I was able to use these papers for collage, and even image transfers.
The Indian Goddesses washi tape was really fun to add to some pages, it brought fun patterns and pops of colour.
Being a big fan of old photographs, I incorporated quite a few throughout, some of which were originals found at a flea market outside Bangkok, and some were reprints that I aged to look more weathered.
I also incorporated a few found objects that either have a meaning or they simply bring back memories of being found and cherished.
The back cover is made of scraps from a prayers book that I stained with flowers, tea and rust and collaged back together. I added some paint, some copper leaf and a dried flower. The cover is also finished with a layer of cold wax.
I have used this journal to gather some memories and ephemera from my travel, to scribble quotes and names and I also used it to journal on my return. It is a personal and meaningful object that I wish to cherish for myself and will not be offered for sale. This journal was also scented with coconut essential oil.
Let’s take a tour of it together:
THAI TRAVELS JUNK JOURNAL SHOW & TELL VIDEO TOUR
Antique India patterns
Indian pattern washi tape
Specimen labels from the Lepidopterist
I hope this journal gave you a little wanderlust 😉
Thank you for reading!
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