My journals start with a book

How I love taking a book and making it into something altogether different. It's a l-o-n-g project, yet it's worked in small increments. What a unique challenge, to use the physical structure of an unwanted book in a utilitarian manner. 

Art journal page, acrylics, collage, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

Art journal page, acrylics, collage, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

The background for this page spread was fairly simple... white acrylics & neocolors... then I added collage, wrangled the book {and risked bookish catastrophe} to add machine stitching, washi tape, etc. This is the second-to-last page spread that I finished in this book. Playing with themes of joy and rainbows! 

Art journal page, acrylics, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

Art journal page, acrylics, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

More heavy body acrylics, lots of careful brush work here. In this type of page, all of the brush practice in painting patterns helps immensely. Playing here with negative space and the illusion of a window - or a mandala - or both.

Art journal page, acrylics and neocolors, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

Art journal page, acrylics and neocolors, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

You know that I am endlessly fascinated with maps and I love to use them as inspiration for patterns and pages. This page was inspired by a map with geographical regions. Maybe it's a zip code map? Or a map of an imaginary country? I used both heavy body acrylics and Neocolors to color in the sections after masking the dividing lines with masking fluid.

The pages in this post are from The Red Book which started as a rather bland non-fiction book with matte paper covered mostly with text in a serif font. I bought it {cheap} at the half-price book store. There are about 32 page spreads in this book; there will be one more post about this book and then I really need to do a flip-through! 

PS. Registration is OPEN for my latest mixed media art journaling workshop, Groovy Grunge.