I love wrinkled brown paper

Cover for Smart Journal #2
The cover if this art journal is made with my favorite technique of wrinkly brown paper glued down. The cardboard letters, a gift from Diane many years ago, are left plain because I think sometimes plain is just enough. It’s not as colourful as my usual style, but I love it.

I think it’s nice to tone down the outside when the inside is bursting with images, colours, patterns and ideas (like all my art journals are).

Here is the title page:

Smart Journal #1 Intro page

A pretty owl card on the left inside, and then a little journaling on a printed label.

I’ve already mentioned this, but making square art journal pages is fun, fun, fun! It all started with my Smart journal number 1 (view it’s pages here , here and here) and continued with filling a whole new one, Volume 2. I will show pages from this one another day.

Smart Journal back #2
I love wrinkled brown paper!

What is your favorite method to make a cover for your art journal from?

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8 Responses to I love wrinkled brown paper

  1. Dawn says:

    Gorgeous journal Hannah, I love the way you have done the cover, one of my fave materials too. I don’t blame you for leaving the letters blank, they are beautiful as they are. May I ask what glue you use to collage with? I have tried so many different ones but so far the only ones that don’t wrinkle are multi-medium and glue sticks, the former is very expensive and the latter can sometimes not be very reliable!! Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
    Hugs x

  2. iHanna says:

    Hi Dawn, thanks for your kind comment! For thin papers, like tissue paper I use mat medium, but otherwise the only thing I use is a glue stick. I recommend Uhu! glue stick, it sticks great to any papers, and stays stuck. :-)

  3. Hi Hanna! I have a hard time throwing paper away, so these kinds of projects always inspire me. I make covers for my art journals using scrapbook paper bought at yard sales. I’m working on painting some art journal covers, but some projects take a longer than expected!

  4. Zoe says:

    Love the cover! Yes, muted can great, especially when you know that the inside is bursting with colour :)

  5. That’s a very cool journal. Sometimes I’ve used paper bag paper inside my journal but never thought of using on the outside. One of my favorite methods of making a journal cover is to use cereal box cardboard. I flatten the box and use gesso with a brayer on the printed side–kinda thick and I try to make only one pass instead of going back and forth. That leaves lots of nice ridges and texture. When its dry I mess around with some watercolor on the surface, let it dry and then buff it. Just buffing lightly will take the paint off the ridges . It’s fun to play with. Thanks for all the inspiring things you post on your blog–you always give me great ideas!

  6. samara says:

    ok now im curious, how did you get the paper in the spines? it is gorgeous. i have so much brown packing paper rolled up. i wish i could twinkle my nose and send it to you! i don’t cover my journals…what type do you buy that you cover? you have me all intrigued now. And the inside – you are right….it is booming with color! I think you are mega creative with this. Lovies, samara

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