Thursday, December 15, 2011

"Salvage", art journal.

Every day, my mail box has at least two or three items of junk mail. Most of the time there is waaaay more junk, than actual mail.

                                   I decided to see what I could make out of the junk
I slathered on plenty of gesso
You can still see ghosts of the images
Then I used stencils, stamps, panpastels, ink, and paint to make backgrounds
Everything was placed outside to dry
This neat stack did not last long
Old bits of silk sari ribbon, lace and paper cutouts, were sewn to the pages, using the zigzag stitch, on my sewing machine (plus I just did some stitching on the pages for fun)

I needed to use something a little stronger for the covers...
Rolex obliged me with a couple of thick post card mailings.. (Dunno why they sent me post cards, I have never owned a Rolex and never intend to)

I decided to sew in envelops on the inside front, and inside back covers, for "stuff". Then I punched holes, and did a really simple binding with black, silk sari ribbon. I added a key charm just for fun
back cover
Front cover, embellished with stamping, doodles, old lace, stitching, text from vintage hymnals and watercolor pencils.
This project was so much fun! I can't wait to fill it with lots of fun journal entry's!
 (God don't make no Junk) 



  1. So great Steph! What a transformation!

  2. Very cool! Love what you did with all that "junk"!!! I need to do more of this sort of thing with my junk as well!!!

  3. This is a fabulous project! Just had a go at something similar. Used self stick C4 envolpes to make my pages :D, and I too can't wait to fill it with art :D XXX

  4. Awesome idea! I open the junk mail, and when it has a postage free envelope I send it back to the company that sent it! Two good things happen when I do this! #1 postal workers get more mail to deliver and hopefully keep their jobs! # 2 after a few times those company"s stop sending to you! But I am looking for some junk mail again to try this! thanks for sharing !

  5. wow I just love this one , I will definitely try this..Thank you so much... for sharing all your great ideas with me.Rose

  6. Ooooooh I love, love, love your art journal! I'm always looking for new ways to make art journals/junk journals smash books to add to the arsenal that I already have, lol!

  7. Argh, I wasn't able to finish my comment, hopefully I will be able to this time!
    As I said before, I lve your book! I have made one that I found on YouTube that you may be interested in trying. The video is called Smash and Stash, and it's made by a lady from Design Originals. She uses junk mail envelopes for the pages and a paper grocery bag for the cover. She also shows how to bind it using a simple pamphlet stitch.

    I hope to see more of your ideas on making books and materials for art journals using up cycled materials!

    Thanks for sharing this great idea!

    PS: I wish I had a sewing machine so I could add sewing to some of my pages!


Wow! I really appreciate you taking the time to make a comment. I'll be posting it as soon as I see it.