paper bag art journals

Remember these? Art journals made from paper grocery bags? These are kind of the same thing, but jazzed up a bit.

I gessoed all the paper before binding with the coptic stitch.  Oh, and I added strips of scrap fabric to the folded edge to make the binding stronger.

I love how cheerful they are and the paper is nice and ready for more paint. And although the paper is a bit rough, I think it adds a nice affect to whatever is painted.

I made 4 total and I am keeping 2 for myself and giving 2 away as gifts for 2 very special friends.

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7 Responses to paper bag art journals

  1. Love the new journals! And just happen to have a handy dandy shopping bag sitting on my dining room table… Consider me inspired!!

  2. angella says:

    I love these (lucky friends!!)
    Thanks for your response to the techniques used for the cactus painting.
    Please think of doing a short tutorial on making these paper bag journals.
    much love

  3. K Hutchinson says:

    These ar so much fun! Love them! What a great gift these would make! You’re so smart 🙂

  4. gretchen says:

    these are lovely! we’ve made books before, but i love the light colored paper and contrast of colors!

  5. Yanik says:

    Oooh! These are fabulous. Your special friends are very lucky! Thank you for all the inspiration. I’ve been following your blog for a short while and I really enjoy it.

  6. Lizzie Hirschberg says:

    I would like to wish you & yours a BLESSED 2014!!!!!!!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your ARTISTIC TALENT!!!! 🙂

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