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Handmde Journals: Untamed Garden Journey Journal

teacher avatar Linda Matthews, Digital & Mixed Media Textile Artist

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8 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Choosing a Theme

    • 3. Supplies

    • 4. Selecting a Spool

    • 5. Preparing the Foundation

    • 6. Attaching the Elements

    • 7. Finishing the Back

    • 8. The Journey

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Take a meandering journey down the path that leads into your own untamed garden

Using images and words, fabric and stitch, embellishments and ephemera - learn how to tell a visual story of what lies within your garden - and perhaps even what you hope to find hidden there. Snippet-Style Rolled Journals are fun and easy to make, and are a perfect way to tell a visual story using an unconventional journaling format. 

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Linda Matthews

Digital & Mixed Media Textile Artist


I’m a full time digital and mixed media textile artist, designer and teacher and I love nothing more than sharing what I’ve learned as a way to encourage and inspire the creative spark in others. If you love to tell your story using images and words, visit me at www.www.CreativeArtnSoul.com

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Linda Matthews. And in this class I'll be showing you how to make a long and narrow stitch journal that can be rolled up or hung from a school. Similar to a snippet style. Gentle rolled-up journals are not a new thing, but the snippet style where fabric and light scraps are used to create a scrappy type of journal is a quick and fun way to create a contemporary stitch journal that can be rolled up. As I was making my journal. I embrace the concept of a snippets journal, but things a step further. I realized that the long panel was a perfect way to create a journal that told a story as you take a journey down the length of it. The story starts at the top and ends at the bottom. So I've called this a journey gentle. Although I'm going to show you how to make a garden theme journal, you could also use the instructions to create any type of snippets style channel. So if gardens and not your thing, feel free to choose a theme or style that works for you. You can make this type of journal in any width and length. However, the narrower the width, the quicker it goes together. Because they're small and compact. These types of channels are perfect to take with you when you travel or to just sit. And so if you only have a few minutes available to you. I hope you enjoyed making this lovely little journey journal. And I'm sure you'll be delighted by the story that's waiting to unfold. 2. Choosing a Theme: For this journal, we're using a garden theme, which can of course be self-evident and simply represent a garden. Or it can also be used as a metaphor for life, which then makes the story and the journal more thoughtful and more personal. A garden is a lovely metaphor for life. The more work you put into it, the better the results, as in the garden. So it is with life in general. If we want a beautiful garden, we have to tend it with care and respect, just as we do with our personal relationships and friendships. Sometimes we need to read and print things back in the garden, just as we do in life when sometimes we have to learn to let go of things that no longer service in order to make room for better things to grow and manifest. There were many other different types of metaphors that you could use to choose one or two that resonate with you and work with those. We can also have different types of gardens. For example, a Zen garden has a sense of peace and calm with organized elements that create a structured type of garden which has beautiful simplest Lee. A cottage garden is less structured and looks a little untamed, but it is in fact carefully designed. Beautiful flowers and plants coexist side-by-side to support each other in repelling insects and aiding and growth and regeneration. A butterfly garden includes flowers and plants that help to create an environment that attracts butterflies and sometimes access sanctuary for them. It also provides a place where they can grow and multiply. There were many other different types of gardens. So choose whichever type resonates with you at this time and work with that. Or you can choose the same type of garden as mine. And untamed garden, which is really more of a garden of the imagination than real one. 3. Supplies: The first thing you'll need is a wooden or hand made sp2. And the width of the spool will determine the width of your journal. In the end though, I decided not to use an actual spool and instead used a piece of tree branch. This work perfectly with the theme of my journal. For the foundation of your journal, you'll need several long, narrower lengths of fabric. The base fabric can be any color depending on what type of journal you plan to make. So close that best represent the story you want to tell. For a vintage or antique style journal, you could use ivory Kramer wide. For nitrogen. You could use nature colors in green, brown, and regrets. For other types of journals, choose colors that best represent the story. You'll also need fabric, lice and ribbons, scraps, perhaps bits of paper, ephemera, buttons and beads, and any other embellishments that you'd like to include. You can, using both a sewing machine N by hand. I like to use a combination of machine and hence teaching because it makes look more interesting. So you will need a selection of hand embroidery thread and a needle plus the sewing machine if you plan to use one. You'll also need a glue stick, which is handy for times when you can't pin things in place. You also want some small photos. For this particular channel, you want to consider printing your photos onto fabric rather than paper. Printing images onto fabric is not that difficult. And the easiest way is to purchase fabric sheets from the craft store or online and follow the directions on the peg. I always use the key principles because they always produce a beautiful print and our purchase rolls of fabric rather than the fabric sheets. One advantage of using a printable role of fabric is that you can cut the fabric 20 length and then set up a custom print size and you print a settings. Doing it this way. You don't have any wasted fabric. For this channel. I designed three photo art images in Photoshop, a two inches wide, which is the width of my journal. Then I printed them onto fabric. 4. Selecting a Spool: To make a snippet role journal, you need some sort of round spool to rep the journal around. You can buy wooden schools from the crops school, like come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. Or you may even have some old orientate wouldn't thread spools lying around. You could even use a cardboard spool such as the ones you combine it with lengths of lice or ribbon. These types of spills are quite large and come in different sizes. So that would be good for longest snippet roles. You could paint them or clay some fabric over the ends to finish them off. You could even use the section of dowel rod includes some wooden discs per thins. These types of wooden pieces can also be found in the crops store. With a wooden dowel rod, you can count to 20 length. So this would be a good option for widest snippet role. Role wooden spools and rods are easy to stain using tea or coffee, or even a professional wouldn't stay. For coffee stain, I like to make a solution using one tablespoon of coffee in some hot water. And then I'll let the school soak for a minute or two. For a taste Stein are used to tea bags with some hot water and let the spool soak for a few minutes. The wood will look darker when wet. So once they dry, if you're not happy with the Calla, simply redeploy them again for another few minutes at a time until you get the depth of color that you want. Tea stain will generally be slightly lighter in color than coffee stain. And this is the result. This is underlined. This is tea stained, and this is coffee stained. While tea and coffee stain will give a noise, even power, I prefer more irregular coloring on my wooden spoon. So my favorite method is signing the word with an ink pad. I'm using a sponge applicator and simply walking being unevenly. 5. Preparing the Foundation: To get started with your journal, you should first have an idea of the type of channel you want to make and the theme we'll story you want to tell. Once you've decided on the type of channel, select the colors that you plan to use. The fabric colors should be appropriate for the type of channel that you're making. For this channel, I'm using a garden theme, so I'll be choosing colors that can be found in nature. Then calculate the width of your snippet role, which should be about the same width. This spool that you plan to use. My spool is about two inches wide. Then Kant or tear to pieces of fabric. The width of the spool by about 18 inches long. This will be the foundation or background fabric for your journal. The snippet role can really be any length, but a good length to start with is about 12 to 18 inches. Then if you need it to be longer, you can. So an additional strip at the end. Or if it turns out to be too long, you can cut it shorter. The fabric color should be appropriate for the type of channel that you're making. This particular journal is going to be a nitrogen journal. So I'm using a green hand dyed cotton fabric for the background strips. I personally like my fabric to have voyages. However, if you want to have finished edges, simply cut the fabric a little wider to allow for a seam allowance. Then you can turn it under before you saw the strips together. If you want your snippet role to have a quilted look. You could also insert a length of felt or low loft bedding in between the strips. Just make sure to cut it slightly narrower than the strips, so that won't show once everything is tied together. Once you've decided how you want the strips to look. So the two strips together close to the edge on all sides by the, by machine or hand. I simply sew together two pieces of fabric was Roy edges. The raw edges will help to add texture and visual interests to my imaginary garden. 6. Attaching the Elements: After you've prepared the fabric for the Foundation, The next step is together things that you intend to include in your visual journal and then plan the layout. For this garden theme. Gentle, I'm using three nature-inspired photo odd images that are designed in Photoshop, together with some fabric and lay scraps, as well as other embellishments and ephemera that remind me of an untamed garden. Photos and images can be used as a way to quickly set the stage for your story. Think of them as the main characters. So that when someone looks at your journal and sees the images, they can quickly get an overall sense of what the journal is all about. Fabric and lay scraps, metal embellishments and beans and other types of ephemera. I used to support and enhance the images and the overall theme. These things help to tell the story, but in a more abstract and covert way. So you can tell a story that is quite personal and intimate without really revealing any specific details. When planning your overall design, consider texture, color, contrast, and visual interest. All these things combined to make your genitals interesting and personal. I've laid things out loosely, which makes it easy to swap and change things around if necessary. Once I have a layout that I'm happy with, I like to take photographs so I can remember where things are positioned for these types of photographs. I like to use my iPad because then I can have the photos displayed in large format on my workbench To use this reference. Once everything is planned, now it's time to get started sewing. Remember to leave an allowance at the top so you can wrap the fabric around the school. For this nitrogen, however, I'm using a stick instead of a spool. I've also added a layer of hand dyed cotton scream on top of the foundation fabric. And I've scrunched it up a bit to add some additional texture. This helps to give a visual feeling of nature where things grow Walden free. The first thing I did was to sow the images in place on my sewing machine. With the original layout, the images was spaced unevenly. However, as I was sewing, I decided to reposition them so that they were evenly spaced along the length the fabric. I think this gives a bit of visual design. Next, I began to fill in the spaces between the images with some small fabric collage sections that's enhance teaching. I went up and down the length of the fabric backwards and forwards. Adding some hands touches here and some embellishments. They're blowing and stitching things in place. In the back of my mind, I was thinking about what none timed garden would look like. What might live there and flourish, and what trenches one might find if they went looking. I was also thinking about how it could take those imaginary images and transform them onto my channel using February stitch and mixed media elements. The images are used depict aspects of nature that are in decay. As flowers and waits Phyton die, they transform into a different kind of beauty. It's a reminder of the impermanence of life and the futility of holding onto tied to things that don't really matter. In the long run. I incorporated elements of nature, such as flower, leaf and butterfly charms. Or used a piece of velvet fabric because it reminded me of moss. I added a chain of pills because the butterfly looked like it was flying around under the light of the moon. And pales always remind me of the Moon. For inch knots becomes stones and seats, ditches become insects. Blue fabric becomes a poem and things in the imagination can easily become real if you start to look at them in an abstract way and play with the interpretation, no one needs to know what your interpretation really means unless you tell them. And secrets can be easily embedded in, hidden in creative ways. At the bottom of the journal, I made a section using a scrap of fabric and some small sticks from Riyadh and are attached to an old earring that reminded me of a wind chime with a button. Once everything was sewn in place, I printed some words onto paper and cleared them to the fabric prints as a way to enhance the story. To so the hanging loop at the top, a folded the top section over and hence ditch did in place with some Fabric scraps and French not embellishment. I also put a piece of cotton scream on top of the fabric and folded it over to the back that everything look cohesive. Finally, a title length ribbon to the end of the stick to use as a hang up. 7. Finishing the Back: If you add a lot of hands touching to your journal, the back can end up quite messy. Messy back doesn't bother me. But if you are wanting to give the journal as a gift or you wanted to hide the miss, then it's quite easy to add a backing. Simply counter piece of felt or fabric the same width and length as a journal. And are the same or glue it to the back. Felt as easy to use because you don't have to worry about finishing the edges. Alternatively, you could use the same fabric that you use to make the foundation, token loose threads and then attach it to attach the backing. You could hence ditch around the edges. But this might be difficult depending on how much embellishment is on the front. The easiest way to attach the backing is to use glue. My preference would be a spring glue simply because cesium and less messy. Apply the glue to the backing fabric and then press in place and allowed to dry. 8. The Journey: The journey begins as we enter the young tamed garden, where we find a blue pond surrounded by beautiful butterflies. In places, The garden is overgrown with weeds and flowers that are slowly fading and dying. Yet somehow they still retain a curious beauty. Elif, stripped of its greenery, floats to the ground, tourist amongst a crop up stones scattering the insects that were hiding there. Everything here is Walden free with a peaceful energy. Fresh smell, flowers dot the landscape, embracing the sunshine. A masi rock becomes a cool resting spot for small butterflies. At nightfall. The full moonlights the garden and creates an ethereal nights escape for the untamed spirits that lip there. At this magical time of nine precious flowers open their petals to reveal hidden treasures. And crystals glistening in the moonlight. Sticks together to create a protective totem. A warning to those with no imagination that what lives inside the untamed garden won't be revealed to them. As we leave the untimed garden. The sound of the wind chimes is all that's left to remind us about journey through this peculiar place. And we can't help but be transformed by the magic that we found there. Okay.