This page took more time that I thought it would. To begin with, the page started with just the strips glued around the edge. I hadn‘t even decided what I wanted to put on the page. I knew I wanted to do a hippy, flower child type doll somewhere in this journal. Then I remember that I had templates for a B.E.D. (Big Eyed Doll) and I thought that would work, so I cut out the parts for the doll‘s body.

This page was an ever-changing experiment. You can see where I left off a few years ago. It all started with the bunny paper doll. I wanted to experiment with a doll that faced sideways, and with one that wasn‘t a human figure. So I cut the bunny out of an old wallpaper scrap. Then I thought it would look good with a jacket. But after that, I set it aside a bit because I wasn‘t sure where to go with it.

I have mixed feelings about this page. This is where I left off with it when I quit working on this art journal. I knew I wanted it to be a goddess figure. The shape is very much like primitive statues found in various archaeological sites. I also wanted to add wings to it. I couldn‘t decide if I wanted to mask off the doll, or just put them right over it.

This is the second page in the art journal. As it happens, it was almost the same color scheme as the cover. Here‘s what I started with. In addition to the words, I finished the apron with some drawn flowers and leaves and added a sash. Since she works in a restaurant, her hair needed to be tied up, so the head band was a must. Other than that, I mostly added dimension and shadow to her clothing using colored pencil.

From this, to that! When I stopped working on the art journal, the front looked like this. The doll and hand were already glued down, but the doll wasn‘t finished. The flap, which folds over from the back to keep the journal closed, had nothing done to it after the book was assembled. But that‘s good, because I can show you the process I used. I used coordinated Copic markers to color in the black and white design stripes.

If you have been a fan of this site for a few years, you may remember that I started an Art Journal a few years ago. I based the book‘s design on Teesha Moore‘s Amazing 16 Page Journal. I really like this type of art journal because the 8-inch by 10-inch format is a good size to work in and 16 pages is an attainable goal. Having a specific, low number of pages also allows me to explore a single theme in each booklet.