Monday, February 11, 2013

My own pattern journal.


Journals dosen't always turn out as we think.

Once in 2010 I made a journal and I didn't use it for anything specific. Now, on the other hand, I found it suitable to hold my pattern library.
There's a strange thing about journals, some becomes favorites and others dont. Why is that? My very first art journal was a good friend and very good working in. It measured 8 x 11 inches. My present art journal measures 9.5 x 12 inches and is far from as good as my first one. When I was about to start working in it, I thought it would be even better than my first one but I was wrong. I really don't understand why.
Back to the journal from 2010, at my first attempt I felt how good it was to work in. This journal measures 6.25 x 9.25 inches. I always thought, the bigger the better but that isn't true. What kind of experience do you have with your journals?
Below you see my second pattern flower, glued into the journal. I soon understood I had to add colors, otherwise it all looked dull. Now, it's a pleasure to open it and search for patterns.
I made the flower on a fairly thick watercolor paper, so I had to make a solid mark to get it well folded. I used the papercutter, not with the knife but another more rounded tool. I used Matt medium to glue it down, and it sits well.
For awhile I thought of coloring the flower itself, but decided on leaving it white. I think it will be easier to clearly see the patterns this way.
The decorations are made by using acrylics, twinks and different markers. I'm so surprised to notice how good this journal is to work in. It might very soon become my favorite journal. I almost can't wait to start my next flower and work in the journal again, just to see if it still feels good.

That's all for now, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.


  1. oh its look so great colored, i had a favourite art journal, just the right size, I was working in, and must have accidently thrown it out with some papers, looked everyone, so now I am on the search again for just the right journal

  2. Laila, this pattern is absolutely gorgeous. I love all of it. I think this journal is going to be fantastic. I enjoy doing patterns too, once I get into the groove of it. They are very fun to do. You are so good at them too. I know what you mean about journals. My first one...I loved very much, but my second one, not so much and I never finished it. I think maybe we expect more from ourselves the second time, so we forget to just enjoy what we are doing and create what we feel. (at least I think that is what happened to me). Beautiful artwork, love to stop by and visit your blog. :)

  3. Gorgeous! I love how the black and white seems to pop off the page due to the surrounding colors.

    I work in many journals at different times. Some days I feel like working small and other days I like working larger so I have journals of all sizes.