Something to Crow About Art Journal

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
Charles Darwin

The Crowabout Journal Cover by iHanna (altered book art journal) #artjournaling

This is my ongoing Art Journal, I call it Crow About Journal because it contains all pages I’ve made with Nancy Baumiller’s challenge Collage Play! Plus, the cover is the patchwork style that I did with mom this summer (you can learn how to do your own here). I made the Art Journal into patchwork too, but with a little bit more mixed media fun to it…

Crow about journal
The lady is “built” by Nancy herself and cut out from one of her collage sheets (made back in 2006!) by me. I love Nancy’s collage images, taken straight from her own journals. This lady with the pink glasses is beautiful and has the word imagination on her tummy. I’d love to make collage sheets and I have several ideas brewing right now…

Crowabout Journal

My Art Journal is an Altered Book, as usual.

Crow about journal

Before I did the cover it was green cloth with a portrait of Mr. Darwin engraved into the card stock. I wanted to keep that so I covered him with tape before I painted gesso all over the book cover. When I removed the tape there he was again, the father of evolution! He was a guy who really had something to crow about… I do too, as you might have noticed if you visit this blog from time to time…

Crowabout Journal
I actually added the henna painted hand and her scissor for Nancy’s lady to hold onto! How about this: altering an altered image on the cover of an altered book… But imagine a collaging Journal Lady without her scissors? Where would she be, what would she do?


The backside is just as pretty:
Crowabout Journal backside

Inspirational mixed media Links

I love art journaling, collage, mixed media – you name it. I don’t post about it all the time, but its my biggest passion and it’s growing all the time. Here are some links that you, if you’re like me, will love these!

* Joyously-wild-things pages by Elizabeth Bunsen

* A few new journal pages from Teesha Moore, and more and more and yes please Teesha give us even more! – amazing stuff!

I ♥ my dymo

* Building a character – a journal prompt to play with! That’s also where I found a link to The Label Maker (dymo style – great for collages and they know it!)!

* Inside The Kooky Covers – some of MaryAnn Moss’s journal pages.

* Canister labels in pdf to download and print from Patty van Dorin – it’s for sugar but I’ll use mine in my Art Journal! :-)

Inside this journal, one of many spreads:
Crow about journal

Last year I did this journal cover.


15 Responses

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  2. I love looking at your journals. They make me want to attempt to make an art journal — I am not in the least bit artistic, thought. My results always look like my dog did the work.

    Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  3. Flipping head over heels in love with your art journal. Everything about it is so great with all the layers, paper and color to look at.
    You did a great job.

  4. Wow, this is so fantastic! I haven’t covered the outside of my art journal. I think I want it to be ‘hidden’ like you did in the beginning.
    So this journal is an altered book? Does that mean that you just gesso over the pages and then put your own collages and art in there? How do you get it to close? My art journal has gotten so fat with collaging that I cannot close it anymore.
    I want to see more of the inside!
    I love love love this post!!!

  5. I just found your blog via How About Orange. I think I love you too. I fluffy heart you.

  6. your journal just looks amazing! thanks a lot. you are wonderful and so full of love light and creativity. so inspiring!

  7. Hanna, do you know what you’ve done?

    Never mind, I won’t tell you. I’m going to announce it on my blog because it’s just too wonderful.

  8. I am so glad Chris bragged on you at her blog today! what a fantasticly wild and wonderful artfully altered Corw About art book journal! It looks like it is filled with layers and layers of yumminess!

  9. I love your art journal I want to put out my hand to touch it. I just dont seem to be able to to rip and paint in a proper book I make mine from scratch but maybe I will look out for a really dull one you have inspired me. Jean UK

  10. Oh Hanna! I am overwhelmed with joy! I heart this journal! You always find a way to touch my heart!
    Much love and hugs!

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