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No-Sew Denim Journal Pages

Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

No-Sew Denim Journal Pages

Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

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15 Lessons (1h 5m)
    • 1. Class Intro

    • 2. Class Supplies

    • 3. Repurposing Materials

    • 4. Making the Base Pages

    • 5. Idea #1: Stenciling

    • 6. Idea #2: Fabric Pieces

    • 7. Idea #3: Fabric Collage

    • 8. Idea #4: Denim Pockets

    • 9. Idea #5: Window Screen

    • 10. Idea #6: Tuck Spots

    • 11. Idea #7: Hidden Curtain

    • 12. Idea #8: Acrylic Painting

    • 13. Idea #9: Painting Minor Touches

    • 14. Idea #10: Stenciling to Unite Pages

    • 15. Class Wrap Up

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About This Class

Create fabric journal pages to add interest to your handmade journals in this fun and original mixed-media class. No-Sew Denim Journal Pages, a compendium to No-Sew Denim Journal 2 Ways, emphasizes using repurposed materials to create your pages.

Many ideas are demonstrated in class using: fabric, acrylic paints, and standard art supplies. Create as many or as few pages in your journal, and tailor the journal to your style. Chapters include:

  • Idea #1: Stenciling
  • Idea #2: Fabric Pieces
  • Idea #3: Fabric Collage
  • Idea #4: Denim Pockets
  • Idea #5: Window Screen
  • Idea #6: Tuck Spots
  • Idea #7: Hidden Curtain
  • Idea #8: Painting Idea #1
  • Idea #9: Painting Idea #2 (Touches)
  • Idea #10: Final Stenciling

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Daniela Mellen

Artist & Author


I'm an artist and author living in coastal Florida and surrounded by plants, animals, marine life, and the warm sun - all things that inspire me.

I am drawn to creating things and love to get lost in projects. Each day is a opportunity to learn something new, build on existing skills, and branch out to new ones. I was formally trained as a educator which is my passion and incorporating art into teaching makes my life complete.

I upload art classes every Friday, here on Skillshare. You'll see handmade books, memory keeping, watercolor, acrylic paint, unique art supplies, and photography composition. Thanks for joining me and I look forward to seeing your work.

Check out my blog for additional info on my website

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1. Class Intro: Hello, I'm Daniella melon and artist and author. Welcome to the class. No. So denim pages, This class is part two of a no. So denim journal class, where we created the journal and then added paper pages. In today's class, we'll create fabric pages for our book with an emphasis on repurposing materials. The end result is rich, multilayered, and very intriguing. We'll start with denim fabric, salvaged from unwanted genes. And then we'll use Fabric scraps and acrylic paint to add interest to our pages and unite our work as a whole. I'll show over seven different ideas. Then you can use on your pages and modify them to suit your own theme and style. Lastly, I'll show variations that I hope will inspire you to create your very own no, so fabric journal. Thanks for joining me. Now let's get started. 2. Class Supplies: These are the materials that we'll use for our know. So denim pages, but feel free to use an abundance of whatever materials you have on hand. I want to give you an idea of what I look for when I set down to make these pages. Since there are no, So I'm going to use fabric glue and a pair of fabric scissors. These are the journals that we made and I have a separate class on making the actual journals, the skeleton. And in the class we fill them with paper. But I'm going to fill them today with these denim pages. So I'm going to do is remove the paper, or in this case I'll just leave the papers since I have an extra binding for this journal. And we're going to fill arr journal with our fabric pages. Basically the structure is going to be the denim. Because this is a class that weighs heavily on repurposing. I like to go to a thrift store or even my closet and find fabrics that have very interesting texture that I think I can reuse because I'm not sewing them or laundering them. I have a lot of leeway. So this is an old shirt that I have that I just thought the fabric was beautiful. So I'll cut this out and I'll use that in today's Journal. And we'll go over in a quick chapter on salvaging some materials. To that end. I also have a pair of jeans and these are what's leftover from making the journal class. So right here is one leg and I'll do a quick class on just cutting up the leg. Here are the pant leg for the repurposing materials. The reason I like to use denim though, is because it's a nice thick fabric and it has some substance to it. If you have very thin fabric or very stretchy one, you might want to consider using a thicker one or just reinforcing what you have by adding additional layers of either fabric or a double layer of denim. And we'll talk more about that in another chapter. I have some scrap paper and this is actually card stock that I'm gonna use. I'll make a template and then I'll just use it to either separate my pages or use my brush. Now I have a ruler assortment of paint brushes and these are just little makeup sponges. They're disposable. I like them because I can get a lot of use out of them when I use my acrylic paints. Again, re-purposing, This is just an old plastic lid that makes an excellent palette for my acrylic paints that I can dispose of onComplete. I have some parchment paper and I like to put this underneath my pages just to separate them to prevent any paint from running through the layers and it helps it dry, it gives him a little substance. So here I just have some interesting things. Kind of what I have on hand that I'm going to use as embellishments perhaps, or maybe just be inspired by them. I have these little fabric patches there, little iron on patches that can be ion on iron onto our pages or glued. I have some little cardboard buttons that I made and just this little glass button and I chose this. And I'll go over that in a moment because of the colors of our fabrics that I chose. And this is what inspired me. I suggest using two pieces of trim or at least two pieces of trim. So here's a thicker trim and here's a thinner trim. The reason we do the thinner trim is it hides any sins that we have here, any rips or tears or just adds layering. And I always choose that in a neutral color or a coordinating Color. And then I have my main trim here. This is only because I had this on hand. I'm partial to flamingos. I just love the bright colors. So I am going to use this somewhat in my work. And I'm using this as my focal point, not just the actual pattern but the colors. So I, from my Fabric scraps, These are the liners to our journals. So I have some of that leftover and eye color coordinates nicely the teal. And then I went and I wish them to mice, Fabric scraps and I chose some pinks and some greens that would also coordinate with my trim. And then I have some whites because I like to use this as kind of a, a canvas in my work at places. And then I also have the scrap of white lace and I thought that would contrasts nicely. And it's a little thicker and a little more substantial than a lace we have for the repurposing. And this is only because I had it on hand that I want to use it. I have my acrylic paints and I liked them because they're fast drying. And once again, we're not going to launder our peace, so we don't have to worry about any textile medium. And then I have some stencils and I just wanted to give a quick view of the stencils I use. Not because the exact stencils are so important, but because of what the characteristics are. So these are stencils that have fairly small scale images. So these are just three small flowers that I'll use in my work. And this is a stencil here, just a concentric circles made up of circles. So I can use part of that or the whole thing. And these are also smaller prints, smaller patterns. I tend not to use these because my pages are small today. So something like this would just be like a blob of color, which is a different look, but not the one I'm going for today. And the same thing with this, this stencil, while it's beautiful and very well loved and used, might be a little big for the pages I'm going to use, not the stencil itself, but the parts to it, the scale. In the next chapter, we'll go over repurposing or materials. 3. Repurposing Materials: Now I find a pair of jeans that I'm going to reuse either for my closet or something that maybe my children have outgrown or I will go to a thrift store and I find a pair of jeans. Now don't be discouraged if you see different patterns or different embellishments on the genes, you can actually use this in your work. So here's something that caught me by surprise. It has the trim on the edge as well as the embellished pockets mockery to use this one today. But I bought it because it was very cheap and I thought I could really use the details in this in my work. So that's something to keep in mind. When I do have the genes that I've said upon, just like I did in the previous class on creating the journal. I just take the genes and I just cut up the scenes. And so I want, for this class, I really want no seams on my work. So I'm gonna cut around the seams. So I'll start at the opening here and I've already cut out the seat of the genes. And I'll just hug very close to the CMB with my scissors and cut all the way right up the top of the gene. Now when I'm done, I have quite a big piece of fabric. I can use the scene in my work for my pages if I like that look, and in some pages I do, but I tend to keep that for when my book is larger just because it's not just seem it's a really thick piece here. So for today's class, what I'm gonna do is cut down the other seem this way. And I'm going to preserve the him first off because I think I might be able to use that ham on some of my pages. And cutting it long gives me a lot more options than if I cut it by the scene. So I'll just keep this in my pile. And then I just copy other scene. Now for this piece, I would cut off both seams, but I'm just going to save this piece because I don't think I'm going to use it today. So I'll just fold that and set that aside. But here I have a nice piece of denim that I can use for my pages. There's no seam and it's quite a long piece. So that's very beneficial for me. Also when I'm cutting up my datum, I try and save some interesting pieces. Maybe the smaller pocket, maybe the larger pocket. I kept the smaller pockets and some other genes because I had today's class in mind where I was going to make a smaller pocket. Here I have the seen the hem Actually, I find that very useful. And here is the actual Him edge from the top of the genes. I thought that was a kind of an interesting thing I may use. If you have really to thin fabric and this is made from a shirt. I can reinforce this with some interfacing or just glue two pieces together. But I like the color and I thought I could definitely use the color in collaging songs, keeping that as well. In order to save the shirt or the fabric from the shirt. I take a look at the overall shirt. Sometimes the label is attractive and I will gently cut that off or seam rip it off so that I can preserve the label if that's what I would like. But then I go to the shirt and in this case because it's lace, I look for where it's connected. And I know I'm not going to use a lot of lace in my project today, but I do want to salvage this front panel here. It's connected on the sides to the lining. So I'll just take my scissors and cut up that lining is close to the lining as I can get actually. And then across. And I'll do the same thing here. And so therefore, I have a really nice piece of lace that I can use in my collage work that costs me far less than if I was buying it by the yard or the school. I'll take the remainder of the shirt and for now I'll just set it aside. I don't think I'm going to use it today. But if I do want it, I have it here at the ready. In the next chapter, we'll go over creating our base page. 4. Making the Base Pages: So my base pages, what I wanna do is cut out all my fabric from my denim here. And so what I do is I take my journal and I measure the points from the top to the bottom, Gromit. And in this case, it's about 6.5 inches is the distance. So I want to make my pages the height of them a little smaller than that. The largest I'd go with would be six inches. But because it's denim in fabric and I might fill my book up, I'm gonna go even smaller. So I'm gonna go 5.5 inches tall for a maximum height for my pages. And then I measure the book this way. And I see that from the closed book to the edge, it's five inches. And so again, I want to create a nice buffer there, so I'm gonna go four inches. So therefore, my pages are going to be 5.5 by four inches. And if I double the four inches to give an open page, that makes it eight inches. So I know that each page when I cut it out because I want it to be two-sided and then I can fold it is going to be the height, 5.5 inches by eight inches. So then all I do is I make a template at a card stock to the exact size that I want. And then I can set it on my fabric, trace around it, and then cut out each page. I can reinforce the pages if the denim is weak or very thin or very stretchy by just gluing to 5.5 by eight inch strips of fabric together. And that will give me a reinforced page. I'm gonna do that with one page, but for the most part I'm just going to cut out my 5.5 by eight inch pages to have for my journal. And then I'm going to save all my scraps because I'm going to use them throughout the journal. 5. Idea #1: Stenciling: Now I'd like to start by taking my pages. And here's one that I fused two sides together and here's one that I didn't. And so you can see the contrast. I think it's an interesting look to have both in my journal. What I'd like to do is create just a base to these pages. I don't like them so pristine and just denim. So what I do is I put a little bit of couple of colors here, about four colors onto my little palette. And I have my little makeup wedges here, my wedges. And I just dip them into the paste just so that it's kind of controllable. But I got an a little bit of color on the sponge. And then I take my stencils and I will just stencil around them. Now I like to take some scrap paper and I'll put my pieces here the side because I like to work off the page. So I'll take some stencils here. And I just press this color onto them. And I don't use the entire stencil, although I can if I want to. And I like the way the image goes off the page. Just like that. And so I know that I'm going to make a page folded. So I wanna do both sides of this. I can either do all the pages at once or work on one page at a time. And I kinda like to work on one page at a time. Doesn't mean I won't go back to it, but it gives me some ideas of what I'm looking for. I use a different wedge here with each color. And I just put a few dabs on it. And I don't even necessarily finish off the stencil. Although I can if I want to, but I like the way that fades out. Because I'm not using too much paint. Nothing's dripping or smearing around. And I don't clean my stencils after that, I just leave them and let them dry with the paint on it. If the paint is abundant on the stencil, I'll come around and wipe it off just with a piece of rag or a paper towel. But I don't see you need to wash my stencils. And I just do this to break up the monotony of each page. So I'll continue doing this on all my pages. So now that I'm finished, I've done both sides. I just added a little bit of sensing here just to give it a little bit of a different effect. So it's not stark blue jeans. And I did both sides of it here. So now I'm making I'm beginning to make the pages very much my own and the denim falls behind. So it's not the dominant feature any longer. I'm gonna save my stencils because I'm gonna come back in a different technique and use them later on. So I'll just set those aside for now. 6. Idea #2: Fabric Pieces: So when I start designing my pages, I like to put all my fabric pages together in the book format that I think they're going to go in. I can make some changes afterwards, but it's helpful for me to see the format right away. And that's because when I open the pages, I can see the pages that face each other. I can try and make my work coordinate or overlap accordingly. If I make a mistake and I realize I want to change a page around halfway through or at the very end. I can do that as well. And I can also take some pages out if I feel it's too thick. So i'll remove this page for now. And we'll just have this little book that we're going to work on. I'll show one technique per chapter and you can feel free to modify the techniques to your own liking or just choose the ones that work for you. So I'm going to start with the first page here and going through my Fabric scraps, I'd like to take some fabric and just embellish the pages. So I think I'll just add a strip of this lace here because a nice texture. And I can cut this down to size or cut this into a different shape. But because I have it here, I want to incorporate some lace onto this side as well. So I'll take a little piece of lace, cut it up, and kind of create the shape I want. And again, it's just a matter of trial and error, what you like. So here I have this page would just a little bit of scraps of fabric on it. And now I can really work to adding more if I see that that's what I want. So I really like the way these colors peek through around the background here, around the lace that I have. And I just play around with moving these parts to the way I want them. Middle, come back in here and see how I want to add more detail. So I have my trim here. I'm not sure I'm going to use that quite yet. But maybe I'll just put it in a little bit here of fabric, kind of working my collage as I go. I have a little bit of this fabric that I used on the backing and I think it'll take a little bit of this as well. And I like the raw edges. This is kind of a very rustic book. I have Raj's here. And so to do the raw edges on piece of cotton fabric, you just make a little slit and then tear it. And then you can decide how much of this raw edge you want. And if you want raw edge on all sides are just a few. So I can put this on top or behind. And then over just like that. And I like the way this is looking. When I have a blank area just like this. In the future, I can go and add some other embellishments to it. So now I want to see anything on this page. If I want to incorporate something in I think I'll take a little of this pink. Again, I work on my raw edge and I'll see what else I want to do. I think this piece needs something. And this is where you spend a lot of time figuring out what you, what look, you're trying to achieve that down. Just like this. So I'm happy with the way this looks. I'm going to take a little bit of glue and tack it down and all the spots. Because I don't have too much fabric here. I don't really need to remove it. Just pull it up, add the glue. And then on the lace I just looked to tack a little bit of glue on the areas that are filled in. This glue will dry, clear and in areas that are unclear, that can be rubbed off once it dries, it dries like rubber cement. Each fabric glue is a little different, so you'll have to figure out the one you are working on the characteristics. And then I'll do the same on this side. Here I have a little glue dried or it's not quite drive that I can wipe out a little bit of this OFF currently. And so I'll let this page dry. I can go in there and add little bits of fabric to any pages I want. But this is the technique that I'm going to start with. In the next chapter, we'll go over actually making a collage and adding it to our journal. 7. Idea #3: Fabric Collage: So let me make a little fabric collaged from my journal. The difference between the fabric collage and just Fabric scraps on the page are that I can take my fabric collage and put it where I want or turn it into a tag or a Tuck. So I'll start with this little fabric piece here. It's that late denim nice spoke about. And I'm just going to cut this into a roughly a rectangular shape. And this gives me my Canvas. I can play with it further from here as well. I'm gonna take my little flamingo here and cut one of them out there. Kinda remind me of a little bit of a postage stamp. I'll trim it up. And then I'll try and work with it to make my collage. Now my collage can stay completely on my fabric square or it can overhang. And so really I'll just play around with it. I want to pull out some colors from this. So I have this little piece here. It has the green and the pink and the white. And I can put that on however I like. I also want to incorporate some of the shapes here of this leave. So I'll take some of the green and just cut out a little piece. It's easier to work with. And then I'll fold it and I'll kinda echo that shapes. So there I have some petal shapes. And I can play around with that on my little collage piece here. And really there's no right or wrong way. It's really what you're feeling. So I'll speed this video up as I complete the collage, and then we'll come back and talk about adding it to our book. So there we have our finished piece. I decided not to use this pink, but I might use something else. And then I like the way I kinda echo the leaves throughout. So taking it back to my journal, I'll see where I want to put it and how I want to alter it as well. So I think it looks better with the contrast of the darkness on the page than it does up against the light. And I could remedy that by putting another piece behind it to really emphasize that contrast, which is why I think I'll do and use it on this side. So I'll just trim this piece off and adhere that down just like that. I could also go in there with paint and add some layers, maybe in the future to try and tie it all in, which I might do at the very end. If I wanted to make this a tag as opposed to something that sets down, I would just back it with something either card stock or another piece of fabric and then maybe a ribbon on top. And the ribbon is more indicative of the fact that it's, it moves around. I could also turn it into a pocket by adhering strips and glue along the back and then have a Tuck spot behind it. So I'll adhere this down to this page. And in the next chapter, we'll go over a different technique. 8. Idea #4: Denim Pockets: So now we're going to add pockets to our pages. So the most basic way is to cut out the pocket from the genes term around this. So here I've trimmed the pocket. And now because it has a little bit of bulk, it's two layers. I can either go in there and remove the additional layer so it's not so thick or I can take advantage of its thickness and add it to the inside cover of the book, either the front or the back. And I think I'll do this. So I'll set this aside because it's, it's just a simple attaching it to the book. But don't have the pocket or it's not the right size for my book, I can just make one. And I can either use this as my template or I could just make a pocket that doesn't resemble a jean pocket at all, which is what I'm going to do. So I'm gonna take my piece of fabric here, my scrap, and I'm going to just measure it and it is larger than half of the page or the page single-page. So that's good because I'm going to fold on the inside and the bottom. So I'm just gonna take it and fold on the inside here, approximately a half inch. And I'll do that on the other side. And I can go whatever depth that I want. And I'm not going to adhere this down to itself. I'm going to adhere this part to my page, and this gives me a little bit of leeway to fill this page with something. And then I'm gonna do the same thing on the bottom. I'm just going to fold it up now to prevent the bulk and to make a nicer edge, I'm going to take this area where it disconnects and cut it so I can see a crease. I'm just gonna cut from there. And over so that when I fold it, it folds nicely. And I'll do this on both sides. And I may have to go in there and cut that angle further just to make that happen. So when I attach it to my page, it will go like this. And like this. And all of the sides. I'll go in here and make this angle a little wider just so that there's less overlap. And now I have my basic pocket for my page. Just like this and I can decide which page to put it on. Because it's so basic though. I want to do something with it. I want to have something peeking out of the pocket. So I'll create a tag or something along those lines. But I also want to actually add some fabric to my pocket. And I want to go back to the lace. I kinda liked that idea, but instead of using this little lace, I'm going to use the other lace that I have. It has a little bit of a scalloped edge and I like that. So I'll just cut that out. Being very generous on the sides and up top as well. And so I want that scallops to draped across the front of the pocket. And then I'll just fold and adhere the other piece in. And then I'll trim the areas over here. Because I don't need this fabric on these folded flaps. So with my scissors, I'll just continue the scallop. And the same thing here. I have a nice piece. I can just trim this down even further. There. I've got a cute little scallop edge. So the first thing that I'll do is I'll adhere my sculpt piece to my pocket. Will just take a little glue, put it along the edge for now, place it where I want and press it down. And then I'll come on the inside and attach my glue. So now I press this down. And now you can get ready to start adding it to my page. Again, I'll just finger press the seams here. Again, just verify that it's the right shape and size. And now it's ready to add to my book. And I think I'll add it on this page here on the left. So again, I just want to reinforce my little scenes. I'll take this and just trim this a little further. And then I'll add my glue. So I have my glue on all three sides. And now I'm going to carefully add this to my page. Again, just pressing all the sides down, making a nice attachment. And now I can decide if I want to add a tag here, and I think I'll just add a paper tag. Maybe just add a little few denim embellishments to go along with that. 9. Idea #5: Window Screen: So now this techniques kind of a fun one. I take a page that doesn't have anything on either side of it. And then I cut a piece of fabric. And I'm, in this case, I'm using another piece of denim to the exact same size as that original piece, that original page, just the half of it. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna create a window through both pieces. And what I'm gonna do is I'm going to take my spare piece of fabric, my fo page in essence. And I cut a piece of scrap paper with a circle hole punch just to get a perfect circle. But you could of course, draw around a container or a little cap or something that's the appropriate circle or whatever shape you want. So I'm just going to go in there and draw my circle along my page first. And then I'm going to cut it out. So the way I cut it out as I like to just fold it roughly in half and I make my clip. And then I go in and I very slowly and carefully cut my circle. Now it doesn't have to be perfect and it doesn't have to be a circle. It can be any shape that you like. I happen to like a circle. So then I take my page and I place it right on top of the page. That's going to be the other side of that window. And I'll make my trace from the circle I already created. It will be a little different than my circle from here because the genes have a little bit of give and Mike, circular cutting skills aren't perfect. But then I'll remove that circle just like I did with the first one. And I'll speed this process along. So now I have my two circles. I'll take my strip of lace and I can cut this further down to size. But I wanted to overhang generously. And I'll attach that to my bottom piece here. And I'll do that by just putting fabric glue right up to the edge of that window. And they'll go just a little further out. Again. It'll help anchor it in place for now. And then I'll take my screen, my lace here and press it into place. This glue dries pretty quickly. Give at a moment to dry and well, that's drawing. I'll come here and take my glue and put it on my piece of page here. And I'll do my outline first with a good dollop. And then I'll go in here inside that circle. Attached glue everywhere on the page and I might have to go back in and retake, attach it down. So I'll take that page and now I'll put right on top of the existing page. Press it down and let this dry. And when it's complete, I'll have a little window here between the two pages. You don't have to fill it with lace like I did, but I wanna incorporate that lace and I kind of like that little look where you can almost see through it, but not fully. So here's another technique. In the next chapter, we'll come back and make a little tuck spot. 10. Idea #6: Tuck Spots: Now there are many ways to make a little tuck spot, and I'll show two today. Uh, talks about is just slightly different than a pocket in that it doesn't usually have a base. It won't contain everything completely. And so by that it's more like a strip and you can talk things behind it or it's a corner and you can talk things into it. So we'll start with our strip first. Because I like to use a lot of denim in my journal. I took a little piece of a denim scrap and I'm going to cut it down to size. And my strip, I'm gonna use a rectangle because I get the most space out of that. So at the most general sense, the most basic way this tuck spot would be if I put two things to a glue to adhere this strip and I could talk things behind it. So that's a basic tuck spot. And so for that I want to put a little bit of fabric on either side of it. And I think I'll use some of this fabric that we have is the backing of our journal. And so I want it to be the width of this strip. And then some, because what I want to do is create a nice edge. So I'd fold over here and adherent and fold over here and adhere it so that what remains is a nice folded seam. And then our TOC spot. And I can play around with the width. So I'll start by making this. I put a little glue down and create that nice crisp fold. And I have my piece here so I can eyeball how much of a piece poking out. I want. Come over here and cut this down to size. Keeps us by my side here. And I'll add a little glue here, create that other CME and full that down to size. And then I have my Tuck spot. So now I need to adhere my denim to my fabric piece. And I'll just put glue right on that Denton piece, right on the perimeter. Pressing it down. And then I'll just add two spots of glue on either side. Careful not to get glue in the center here because I want room to talk my piece. And I'll just attach it here and here. Really pressing down. And then there's a little room here to tuck things inside. So the second way I'm going to make a Tuck piece is I could either make a folded triangle and attach it and have a little room to talk my pieces, which I like that idea. Or I can just do a band on the diagonal. And that's kind of a cute idea. So I'll look through my fabric and I kind of like the way this one looks. And so I will fold it over to get a nice solid piece, and then I'll cut it accordingly. So I have my piece here. Put a little glue down the center, fold over my piece to get a nice solid strong hold. And do the same thing on this side. And so now I have my piece this way. I want my angles to match my page. So I'm gonna cut this at this angle. And I can either make a mark or I could just crease my fabric and then cut that crease. That's my have my mark right there. And then here I'll put this mark right at the edge. Again, make my crease. And so here I have my diagonal 2x5. And again, I'll put my glue right on the sides. And I have a small little area here to use as a tough spot. 11. Idea #7: Hidden Curtain: Another way to use the fabric is I wanted to come in here and make like a little curtain. So for that I'm going to take my iron on patch here. And instead of irony and on, I'm just going to glue it down when the time is right. But I also cut out a little fabric swatch like a little curtain here just from that lace. And the reason I shows the lace is because it allowed us to see, kind of give us a glimpse of what's underneath. So I cut a rectangle out of it and I'll decide which way I want it to go. And again, I'm gonna keep this here in a minute. I'm gonna keep it here because that's where it's going to ultimately end up. So I think I'll put it just like this and I'll fold it over. And then I'll just put a little topper on it, kinda like a little valence. And so ultimately after it's adhered, this will be peeking out underneath. Again, I don't even have to do folded under because this is going to cover it. So I'll just consider how I wanna do that. Am I just trim it off a little at the end. So I'll add here my little fabric curtain. And then this little swatch here of the pink fabric that I took out here, that to the top and then underneath. I'll just put in my little flamingo here. Press that into place. And so that's another idea. If you have an image or a card or paper, paper collage or fabric collage or a painting, or in this case, an iron on that I want to put down. I've got like a little hidden wins, a little hidden window here. In the next chapter, we'll start our painting. 12. Idea #8: Acrylic Painting: So now I use my paint in a way where I'm creating a quick little painting on my page, I found a page that I wanted to use at for my painting. And this is the one behind this little window. So we'll get a little peek of something, a suggestion that there's something going on behind it. I just took a little white pencil and I traced a very simple silhouette inspired by this little ribbon here of a flamingo. If I wanted to, I could have used a different I'm image here. I could have used some other firms or some of the background. And so after I traced it, I have my colors, my acrylic paint on my palette. And this happens to be the two-sided page, so the paint will not leak through. But either way I'm going to go in there and I'm going to start my painting. So just gonna take my colors and go around creating that painting. And I'll speed up this process. But the press, the point is for you to see that you can do this very carefully, methodically and create a really nice result that adds a lot of interest to your page. And it's just using everyday supplies that are very easy to find that you probably have in your home. Right? Good. So there are completed. My flamingo just added a bit of color. I'll let this layer dry and then we'll come back and it just some simple touches of acrylic paint to our entire book. 13. Idea #9: Painting Minor Touches: Play. I wanted to show you how you can use simple details with paint to create an end result that is a cohesive unit for each of your pages. So depending on the page and the elements that you have in each page, you can really change everything and enhance it further just by looking at what you have to work with. So the first technique is to take an element, and in this case I'm going to use just this little window we had. And I want to really emphasize the window so I can create an outline by just painting a solid outline. But I'm gonna do something a little different and I'm just going to create a series of dots. So I'm just going to dip my acrylic paint, my brush into the acrylic paint and create those dots. And I'll just read, this really emphasizes the window frames it. And it kinda just makes for a very interesting effect. I'm just using white here. It's kind of a neutral, but it has a nice contrast with the denim material. Because I'm using white. I might go over it and make a second coat as well. Just to really have a nice contrast between the background and that frame. And I can use other colors to this end, which is a repetitive shape. I can just take a straight edge and this can be a brush or gift card. And I just want to create just a series of shapes, kind of an abstract touch. And in this I'm just gonna make a repeated shape of a straight line. And I'll just stick that over there. Again. This can be done in any of the pages or multiple of the pages. Another touch that I like to do when I'm using my denim, and this incorporates the reminder of denim is I take just a deep yellow and again I have my brush and I want to create which is what is reminiscent of the stitching on a pair of jeans. And so I like to do that around the border, usually around the page border, but it can be around the border of anything. An element you have on your page perhaps. And I think this is a nice touch and it kinda ties everything altogether. You can paint your lines with a brush, traditional method, but I find just making the impression of the line with a straight edge is enough. You can even double stitch it if you want by making two lines side-by-side. In the next chapter, we'll go over using our stencils to tie our unit together. 14. Idea #10: Stenciling to Unite Pages: So use the stencils again, just tyre unit together our entire book in treating each page or each set of pages individually, I like to take a stance or particularly one with smaller openings around it, or even the alphabets tensile. Because this also gives you a lot of image behind it and really just pops out the image that is showing through. And so I'll just take one of my images and I'll put it down and I'll stencil over it. And this will purposely go over a number of layers. So I think in this case, I'll take the alphabet stencil here and I want to cover the back layer or at least part of the back layer and then some of these other layers. So I'll take my color and I think I'll go with a little bit of this turquoise. And I'll put my stencil where I want it to go. You need just right there. Take a piece of scrap paper, dab off some of the paint, and then holding it down. I'll press my stencil down. I won't necessarily get a crisp image, but I will get something indicative of more of a mark on my piece. And if it isn't strong enough for you, and then I'll just go in roughly eyeball where it was and continue with that. Really adding more paint with the different layers in might be necessary to get more paint. And so we have a layer on top. I can come in and add a little bit of paint here in there just to tie it all together. So I'll take me just a little bit of this yellow. Once again, brush some of it off. And I'll just put a little bit of color here in there on my page. And I think it just changes the overall look. So I'll do this on a couple of pages. Flip through my book, and find areas that I want to unite. So far. I'm happy with the way this is looking. So over here, I'll come to the painting and I'll choose a stencil that I think will work with that. And so in this case, I'll take this round stencil and I'll take some of this white paint. And I press it off because this is one layer, it should work out well. And I'll press some of the paint through a stencil on our image. And some of it, I'll cross over our image. And I can pull it up and see how it looks. And I'm happy with the way that looks is kind of a halo effect. Could come over here to this side of the page. I think I want to add something coming off the page. So I'll take my template to so that I'd have background here. And I'll put that over just like that. And then I'll take some pink to work in the pink from our painting. And again, it's not a complete image, but it is a pop of color. And it unites the two pages. So I can do this with the remaining pages as well. In the next chapter, we'll come back and take a look at our book, as well as some variations using the same techniques as shown. 15. Class Wrap Up: So here's our completed book that we worked on today, and these are our pages. Here's the little pocket I put inside the front cover and then I added some touches with the stencils and with my brush just some marks. Then I have my paper pages, and then I have the pages we did in class today. So I have them here bound up on the elastic. We had the first page we made that we kind of add a different fabrics grabs including the lace that we repurposed from a shirt. And then on the next page we have a slightly smaller cluster of fabric, as well as finishing it off with an overlay of a stencil. And again, it's capturing the colors, the shapes, and some of the feel of the inspiration piece, which in my case was a tiny little ribbon of a flamingo. So here's that inspiration piece. And then here's a collage attached to the book behind it. I didn't stop at just making the collage, but then I overlaid some different pieces around it to give that effect that it's all one unit and all intentional. Here I just took a simple fabric scrap and echoed some of the colors from here. And I thought it was a nice feel. This page was left somewhat blank, although we did stencil the background. And here I just put it in a fabric tag with a little piece of denim on that right into our pocket. Here we have our little curtain with our iron on patch of a flamingo. And it's kind of interesting, just like it is. And then to know that it's interactive and has a little piece behind it is also a fun effect. On this page, we took some paint and created a fake or a faux stitching. And then we emphasized that window that we have here. And you can just barely see there's something of interests behind it, and it turns out to be a painted flamingo. So I left this page blank. I can add to it in the future if I want, but I kind of like the way it looks. I pulled in a little more color from this page to just coordinate it. And then I use that white over here and that pulls in from that window. Here I took our TOC spot and I made another one just by folding fabric and half for the triangle. I overlaid it with a little stencil and coloring. And then I have a tag where I echo that pattern as well. And I liked this tag mainly for the pink, which coordinated with our journal. And the same thing over here. I had a little paper button that I had made in the past. I took a plane tag and then I echoed it with the colors, the paint that we had on my palette. Some of the stencils just so that it's all coordinated. Over here we have just a simple denim page. We have this tuck spot we made, and then I just made a tag using some denim and some Fabric scraps. And that completes today's journal. And I wanted to show you some variations and some ideas how you could take it even further. And I'll go through these fairly quickly. So here I took just a piece of denim in a strip. I backed it with some fabric and then I added trim as a border. And then I have my pages and I have two signatures. So two sections of pages, as you can see. And I use the lightweight fabric which came from a shirt because I really like the color and the feel, but it was very soft, so I had to back it with another piece. Here I made a weaving, which I haven't my first-class, I'm I know so denim journal in case you were interested in looking at that. I made a pocket here and I edited it just with lace and the foldover is just the backing of that denim. And I think that's an interesting effect. I made a little pullout tag here. I did that window again. And to emphasize it, I just painted a little wreath around the window itself. And I coordinated my illustration to match. Have more of a fabric collage, really emphasizing the texture. And again, I pulled in some of that trim, some of that background paper, pretty ribbon. Here I have another tag. And I salvage the little ribbon tag that was found on whatever I saved, whatever shirt, I salvaged. Some blank pages. Another tag where I did some painting instance selling, very simple. I emphasize this fabric tag, which was just a piece of denim that I backed with another fabric and added some trim at it, a little cut-out here. Then I have some more blank pages. And then I just went to town making collages, adding them to my page, and then adding a little bit of acrylic paint to the background to tie it in. Here I have another element of interest as well as here. And then I added some more painting and just some textural elements here, another iron on patch. And I just like the way that came out. So this was a really fun book for me. I like the thickness and I like the size. I wanted to show you one more version, so bear with me here. And this is a much larger piece made from an old hardcover book that I repurpose just like I did in the know so class. So I repurposed it with denim all around. And I said, what's the back pocket to put here? And I think I'm going to stick something in here eventually, I'm still working on it. This one, I did a Halloween theme. So I had this fabric here. I think it was a handkerchief. And I made a pocket and I back to the backing of that book. And then I get a lot of painting. So here I have a Halloween, had a witch's hat, some collage penciling, and then that faux stitching. It's because it's reminiscent of a pair of jeans. Here I did some more collage and he did a painting of a little boy dressed up as Frankenstein, kind of old school Halloween. Did another collage. I did a little boy dresses, Dracula. I echoed the colors. I stuck in a little more denim, just part of that denim weaving that I had done. And then I found this little fabric scrap that was just black and white. I added the red moon, so it would all tie in this page. I have kind of a Day of the Dead inspired skull. I originally made the skeleton to look like a Halloween skeleton, but it was pretty kinda boring. So I added the decorations. And then over here, I found some little things around the house that I wanted to add into my journal as well. Really emphasizing the bold color and their actual just amusing nature of Halloween. Here I did our panel and instead of doing a circle, I did a triangle to be reminiscent of like a window pane with a dangling spider. And I kinda gave a glimpse that a haunted house with a window, it's coming next. So I did a full blown haunted house. Again, having that window here, I have a ghost. And I just thought it kind of tied together. Again, I echoed the colors I saw and I just was so happy with the way that came out. I have another little boy in costume, this one a little red devil. And again, I emphasize that color. And then in the last two pages, I did mostly collage. I stuck in a few found materials. And I just played around with the shapes and the color. This was a weaving that I did. And instead of just weaving denim, I added some lace and some fabric in place of the denim. And over here, well, it wasn't a weaving, it was just a collage. I kind of stuck with the geometric, the geometric image. Just like over here, without being woven. It was still a bunch of rectangles. I ended the page with a painting of a pumpkin, Happy Halloween. Again, I stuck with my brilliant colors and then I had the back of my book. Thanks for joining me today. I hope you'll try your hand at one of these nodes. So pages, take a photo of your work and post it in the project section. And please be sure to follow me here on skill share.