Sunday, January 16, 2011

Brown Bag Journal


Stamp from Redlead, clips from Dick Blick art catalog, glass microbeads,
Metallic Rub-Ons from Craf-T Products and map patterned tape.

Pages 1 & 2
Redline stamps, collage, Metallic Rub-Ons

Pages 3 & 4
Collage, Martha Stewart bird punch, Metallic Rub-Ons.
Pages 5 & 6
Collage with magazine clips and from Denver Botanic Gardens brochure for their Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program
Back Cover
Tsukineko Walnut Ink Antiquing Solution, "Java". Tim Holtz stick on letters, magazine clips, Metallic Rub-Ons, map patterned tape.
I tried out the Paper Bag Journal as described by Yoli on her blog at
These little journals are easy to make--just cut the bottom from two brown paper lunch bags, fold in half, crease and secure the binding with a line of thread, brads or you have it. This leaves you with a front and back cover, 6 pages to embellish and 4 pockets to tuck secret messages into. I did this project with my son and my landlord's 7 year old. Fun and easy.
Then I worked into the night with collage, markers, stamps and small index cards. The message I had for myself: keep up the blogging, keep up the botanical drawing and continue to work towards completing my artist card book and a career in art full time.


  1. I love things made with brown paper bags. The journal is wonderful! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  2. Thanks for your comment Tam! Sometimes I feel like I am just talking to myself--so its good to know you are out there!