Hello. I'm Gina Kim and as a new TSC host, I am thrilled and honored to be here! Thank you.
This month's theme--Journeys--was truly a fun and creative excursion for me. I played with juicy colors and turned on my sewing machine to make a special art journaling page.
Watercolor is my go-to medium and these are the colors I love. The paper I used here were pages out of my Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal. I used water-based Sharpie poster paint pens and acrylic Montana markers to doodle whimsical patterns.
Two projects were happening simultaneously. As my patterned papers were set aside to dry, I started a moonscape painting on an 11" x 14" Arches watercolor cold press paper (I own a binding machine and have pre-punched my watercolor pages.....to be assembled into a book later).
With the background, middle-ground and foreground complete, I wanted to capture a beautiful starry night with a winding road.
I added some birches and an inspirational quote: “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
After everything dried, I trimmed my patterned papers down to create four foldable flaps on my art journal page.
Each flap was anchored by Japanese washi tape and a zig-zag stitch. I used washi tape because of its thin, transparent, yet highly malleable quality. This creates smooth opening & closing of the flaps rather than bending the patterned paper itself.
When all the folds come together, there is a perfect square opening, adorned with a tiny embellishment at the center.
It's a hide-away form of art journaling.
Bonus: I now have an expanded surface area to do more writing, doodling and/or painting.
Below is my sketchbook where I planned out my ideas for this project and practiced my doodles :).
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