Apr 7, 2016

Cover Art for my Mixed Media Junk Journal

book 1
It is my turn to host a challenge for Stamps & Stencils and I picked the theme Trash to Treasure.  I kept pressuring myself to do something new for the challenge, but end the end just had to do what I do!  Do you ever feel that way?  Well, I've felt that way a lot lately and had a good 'ole time working on the cover of my junk journal.  I decided it would make it more special if I did the cover, so here you have it.
book 2
 This book has been about imagining the lives of the "found relatives" collection.  I decided to use a big group of people for the cover, each person special and loved by God.
book 3
 I feel like my interior pages were missing the dimension that my work usually has.  I tried to pile it up for the cover.  Here I've used Finnabair's art stones, burlap, layers of paper, and one of Mrs. Simpson's crocheted squares.  Thank you Barbara for sharing these with me!  I treasure every string!
book 4
 The stencil paste in the background was lost a bit.  I puddled with some old ink daubers, similar to Distress Stain.  Chainlink fence stamp by Finnabair.
book 6
 I thought I needed to add another repuprosed item to give you some ideas for entering our challenge.  Here I used the lid from a frozen juice concentrate.  I gessoed it, then added layers of the same inks.
book 7
 I just can't help but put string on everything these days!  Oh the symbology!!!
book 8
 See how the layers here are raised up?  Now look at my page from inside of the book and see how flat it is?  I love making things 3D!  So the challenge remains in the inside of the book to create as much depth and contrast as possible without all that bulk.  I guess both are equally lovely, but I prefer the heavy stuff!
book 9
 This will be a reminder to me to stop focusing on myself and see the world around me.  I guess that's a lifelong battle for most...  So today, let me affirm to you that you are loved deeply by One who died for all.  May He help us to show love to each other.  Thanks for visiting!  <3
book 10
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50 comments:

brenda said...

It looks like a lot of time and effort went into this one Autumn, but worth every moment.

I'm am off away for a few days so see you when I get back.

B x

rachel said...

A really beautiful piece sutumn and great recycling too. Clever work. Xx

Maxine D said...

What a wonderful textural cover Autumn - love all the elements so beautifully combined .
Blessings
Maxine

Vintagehandmade said...

Woooow, Autumn, it's a fantastic altered project! So many beautiful layers so well arranged! I love the way how you used those awesome art stones and that vintage photo is fabulous! Brilliant design! Hugs! Branka xx

Marty Fishman said...

I have been enjoying your junk journal, Autumn, and love your "Found Relatives" theme. What a great way to use those! All of your textures together on the cover are just amazing...they work so well together. Inspires me to do something with that art journal I bought last year but have yet to have the courage to use. Anyway, great job on hosting your challenge at Stamps & Stencils :-)

klistersøster said...

I love old scrap and photos, and it's a great journal cover you've done and it will be an unforgettable journal to flip through. Hugs

Sara Barker said...

Ok, so everyone has art stones, but me! But that's ok; I've made my own! Tee Hee-on a budget here! Awesome upcycling Autumn! I love the colors and your OJ lid! Reminds me of an old blonde joke...why did the blonde stare at the orange juice can? Because it said "concentrate". Tee Hee again! by the way, I was blonde at one time!

I digress! Your work is absolutely amazing here and always is...flat or layered--you are a wonderful, inspiring artist! Hugs!

Lisa Minckler said...

You're adorable, this is FABULOUS and I absolutely LOVED reading that post! What a glorious amount of stacking and texture and recycled bit and the message most importantly is treasured!! Beautiful work, Autumn!! :)
hugs,
Lisa x

Lisa said...

Wow, this is absolutely stunning, Autumn!! The layers and dimension are amazing!! I love all of the texture you've added!! The recycled lid is such a fabulous touch!! This is just spectacular and so inspiring!! Love it my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

toni said...

Fantastic Autumn! The cover is just so lovely with all the layers and dimension. The page you have also posted looks fabulous too with more layers of paper, paint and stencilling. Thanks for setting a great challenge ! Toni xx

Joi at RR said...

You nut!!! Laughing!! Oh and by the way - I don't have any art stones either!!! XXj.

Joi at RR said...

You are right Autumn - this has LOTS of FABULOUS DIMENSION and TEXTURES - nothing flat about it!!! So fun seeing your juice ring!!! The crochet piece and the music notes are perfect too. And it's WONDERFUL - in every way - it's all just WONDERFUL. Love your theme and the thoughts you wrote. I am quite sure I would not be here today if not for the unconditional love of our Lord. I can see myself in this picture on your cover - never popular - never good enough - until I realized that there was only one person who was with me through it all and then life changed. This is a STUNNING and IMPACTFUL cover. XXj.

Redanne said...

Oh I do know how you feel, I tend to stay within my comfort zone - not good, but there it is! The cover you have made is beautiful, I love the layering up, your use of string and the wonderful found relatives image is superb. The everybody is somebody on the lid with all the textures and colours is just the perfect finishing touch! Hugs, Anne xx

Pawsitively Creative said...

First I want to say that I thoroughly enjoy how you go from vintage and grunge to shabby and chic. It's awesome sauce! This design is so very enjoyable and textural. Very interesting use of the lid and perfect sentiment. Your binding on the book is exceptional and wonderful. Wowzers! Great image used as well. Fantabulous! Hugz. ~Niki

Willy said...

Gorgeous cover!!

Juliz Design Post said...

Fabulous mixed media journal page with so many wonderful details. I can easily see you have poured a lot of love into making this.
Julie x

Sue C said...

Fantastic cover Autumn ! Love all the detail, texture and interest you've created ! Truly wonderful ! Sue C x

Lee-Anne said...

Girl, you are just amazing! This cover has it all...such wonderful texture and dimension! Loving what you are doing these days...hugs!!!

Karon said...

WOW this is awesome! Love all the texture you have going on there! Thanks for stopping by my blog :-)

butterfly said...

Stunning, Autumn! The most beautiful mixed media effects and textures in a fabulous vintage colour palette - what an absolute treasure you have created with this journal.
Alison x

Sandra Wright said...

Wow, just wow...totally in love with your album.
Not just for the decoration and textures,but for the love you have for putting it all together,truly fabulous...I adore it.
Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit....x

http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/
http://somewheretobeme.blogspot.co.uk/
http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.co.uk/

Sandra Wright said...

Hello, I am back again,this time with my Altered Eclectics hat on....totally blew me away when I saw your album,it really is a work of art...and I love it...x

http://alteredeclectics.blogspot.co.uk/
http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/
http://somewheretobeme.blogspot.co.uk/

Helen Wallace said...

A delicious amalgam of colours and textures to delight the eye and inspire one to create. My fingers are just itching to get creating. Love the way you describe your creative process and the finished product is fabulous :D

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh my gosh! This cover is unbelievable GORGEOUS!
Thank you for joining TioT's!
oxo Susi

Marty Fishman said...

Autumn, I forgot to mention I loved your use of the OJ lid - so clever and creative! Going forward, I really need to think about what I'm throwing out :-)

Also want to thank you for stopping by and leaving me some sweet feedback on my Crazy Cats and the link to the photography video. I've watched a few, but this is by far the best. Thank you for taking the time to share that with me! :-) :-)

Petra Swart said...

Your cover looks amazing, Autumn!!! Wonderful texture and just so much loveliness and detail to appreciate!!!!! Really beautiful!!!!
Have a great day!!!!
Hugz

Marjut said...

Fantastic junk journal. Lovely texture. Thank you for joining us at TioT.

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Autumn, just Wow!! Love this recycle project! What a beauty of an album, so full of texture and colour! The elements just my eye floating from one thing to the next! Incredible piece! hugs :)

wannabcre8tive said...

Just fabulous. Love that you used the old picture.

Annie said...

this is so fabulous Autumn......stunning layers with so many details to view and great additions with the lid and stones..........TFS and best wishes
Annie x

craftytrog said...

So much yummy texture! It's gorgeous Autumn! xx

Beverley Lowe said...

Hi Autumn - this is a stunning project! Love all the texture & colour. So many elements to look at - beautiful.
Thanks for joining us over at Creative Artiste this month. Hope to see you again - good luck!
Hugs,
Bev (DT) x

Meggymay said...

A stunning project, the details look awesome. Thank you for joining us at TioT's this time.
Yvonne

Mimi said...

Another awesome JJ page! And what a spooky picture until you put your spin on it! (is that weird of me to say? You must know what I mean!)I love the texture stripes in the background. Here's to weekend crafting hope all is well, and beautiful new photo ❤

Lucyna Marynowska said...

Fantastic piece of art Autumn. Love your attention to details!
Thanks for playing along with us at Mixed Media Mojo this time. Hugs!

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

So scrumptious I could eat it! Loving those grungy cardboard textures!

Debbie Ellis said...

Wow this is stunning so much work you have put into your creation.
thanks for joining our challenge over at
http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/welcome-to-creative-artistes-challenge.html#comment-form
Debbie Dt

Mrs.B said...

Stunning cover Autumn, love all the textures and details you've added here. Need to catch up on the inside pages as I've been MIA lately.
Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
Avril x

ßeulah ßee said...

I admire this work greatly and especially the group photo which is my favorite kind of Found Relative. Your sentiment is so appropriate and a message young ones should hear more often. The tag peaking out from the background is an embellishment I especially appreciate :)

A Pink said...

Fabulous! Autumn. You have created a fantastic mixed media cover for your junk journal - seems so wrong calling it 'junk' when every page is a real work of Art . You must be so proud of this incredible Masterpiece .
hugs x

Cec said...

Wonderful cover with lots of great elements, texture and a super layout. Now I can't wait to see the inside of your junk journal.
Hugs!
Cec

Jannet said...

A beautiful cover !

I especially like the photo and the saying!

Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Nan Bourdeu said...

Love your theme and your make too! I want to play too :) This is stunning and I love the vintage feel it has! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! Nanette, DT

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

What a stunning journal cover Autumn, amazing dimension and texture and I adore the vintage images you have used! Thank you for joining us at Mixed Media Mojo! Deb xo

hazel said...

A stunning creation, I love how you've used all the beautiful elements, thank you for sharing it with us at Mixed Media Mojo.
xxx Hazel.

Mimi said...

Congrats on Top 5 at TIOT!

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

wonderful project, thanks for joining us at Mixed Media Mojo
Barb Housner (DT)

Maria Levine said...

What a beautiful journal! Thanks so much for playing along with Mixed Media Mojo!

Remya Sreekanth said...

Oh Autumn , I so love your pages ! You are a true inspiration to me .. Big Hug .. Loads of Love . Remya

Ruth said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous transformation Autumn!!! Thanks so much for sharing such wonderful close ups showing all the yummy texture, drips, drops and splashes! Love the vintage feel to this...PERFECT!! Ruth xx

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