Since I began making junk journals, I’ve been thinking about incorporating fabric in to a project. I kept saying “someday”, and in the meanwhile, looking for inspiration from others to make my very own fabric junk journal.
There are so many wonderful artists on Instagram. I love the fabric junk journals by Sophie De Cort. After seeing some of her photos, I decided I simply had to try my hand at one of these. First, a few photos of her work:
Amazing, isn’t it. I’ll get there one day. I love, not only how the colors, so many of them, work well and complement each other. When you add in the mixing of the acrylic paints, you’ve got such a lovely cluster of colors. It’s pretty interesting to me, how Sophie manages to pull it all together.
Finding my pieces
Recently I got some upholstery fabric samples as well as some scraps of watercolor paper that had already been painted with bold bright colors. I got these things from the art group I attend sometimes. People share their scraps and leftovers, which is a great way to find things for a new project.
I began with making the cover. The outside isn’t very inspiring; it’s got a busy fabric pattern that I sewed some beaded string to. The inside is much better. I wish I had a better picture, but here’s what it looked like before I started sewing in the signatures. I added some handwriting just to make it interesting. I like how it adds something to the paint in the background.
My signatures were comprised of papers that are all different sizes. I like that staggered effect.
Sometimes I did a bit of stenciling to add more interest in the pages. Below I did a full collage with washi tape and a postage stamp.
One of the main features of the journal is the piece of driftwood I sewed on to a piece of fabric. I’ve had that piece of driftwood for years and years. I don’t even remember where I was hiding it. In my desk drawer. How did I manage to pull it out at just the right time?! I put some beads on a copper wire and wrapped it all around. It was then easy to sew the wire on to the piece of fabric.
This has turned out to be an odd little book. I like it that way. It’s different than anything I’ve ever done. Here’s the video in case you are interested in seeing the whole thing: