Thursday, July 30, 2015

What do you put on the first page of your art journal?

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A commonly asked question is "what do you put on the first page of your art journal?" I actually take the stress off of myself by always starting the first page the same way. 

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The first page of every art journal says "art Journal by Miriam Schulman." Kind of goofy, right? But why stress yourself out over a process that is supposed to relax you?

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This is my second completely finished journal. In my first finished journal, I printed my name and address on a label for the inside cover since I was submitting it to a magazine and that is part of their submission process. This time, I decided to use that requirement as a prompt for lettering. I put a patchwork of scrapbook papers down first, added my lettering and then filled in around the negative spaces with Faber-Castell India ink pens in different colors. 

For some reason,. although you could probably google my address and phone number I felt a bit queasy splashing those stats across a blog post. So, I censored this page a bit.

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Here you can see how I coordinated the colors in the "address" page with the first page. Creating the address page as a mixed media detail gave me a sense of completion and closure with my journal.

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What is on the first page of your art journal?