After doing the book demo last week, I finally had a chance to upload some pictures and am going to put a few of them here. Some are entirely polymer clay covers...the others, well you'll probably be able to detect what they are!
The cover is a Skinner blend that was textured with some fabric. Additional elements include a drape of cane slices and some variegated canes I added for visual interest.
Lots of folks ask what kinds of things should go in these art journals. I decry those who want to use them as little notepads for grocery lists or telephone numbers. It's so hard to be polite to people who call them notebooks...to me, those are the things you pick up at the dollar store and just rip the pages out when you are done with them. To me an art journal is something you'd like to keep forever. One of my friends has a guest book in her home that she has everyone write in as they visit. Over the course of a couple of years, that has proven to be a wonderful recollection of all the friends who come over and the good times they've shared. I also gave a similar book to another friend who decided that she'd use it for memorable events that occur over the years. Of course most of the entries are happy ones, but she's also had the good sense to include some not so fun moments, because we all know that life doesn't always deal us good times every day. And of course sketches, paintings, significant quotes, photographs, calligraphy and other art forms can all be incorporated within the covers of these books. That would make it YOUR art journal.