My next "Junk Journal" will be full of color so in order for that to happen, I needed to make some colored papers. I bought some Kool-Aid packages (non-toxic!) and searched the Internet to find out how other paper artists were using this product.
Here's the recipe I used: 2 packets Cool-Aid, 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar.
The papers turned out to be more pink than purple so next time, I will add one more packet of grape Kool-Aid to the mix to see if that gives me a deeper color. But I liked the results on both copy paper as well as card stock.
I made the circles in the card stock by simply dripping the dye onto the papers from my gloved hand after the papers had a chance to dry a bit.
I got the crinkled paper by dipping the copy paper into the dye and then scrunching it up into a ball. Then I laid it out flat onto some newspapers to dry.
This was fun, economical, quick and easy, non-toxic, and made my studio smell like Kool-Aid! A good change from coffee and tea dyeing.
Toni, one of my online Craftsy students, came to Denver to take my Mixed Media Adventures workshop this September and she gave me a very special gift: A tin box celebrating the anniversary of the invention of TravelersJournals.
I opened the box and made a tiny reproduction of a Travelers Journal and I started researching this company and its products. I loved the idea of having a permanent cover where a person could switch out various journals because they were bound by an elastic band rather than sewn.
Most of the Travelers Journal covers are made of leather, but I wanted to make mine from fabric. I have been collecting lots of lace for my Junk Journals so I decided to use this to add some interest to my cover. Several years ago, another student sent me some buttons that she crocheted and I have been saving them for just the right project. And, I picked up some hand-dyed silk ribbon at the Quilt exhibit in Houston. The fabric I used came from an old Sari I bought online and some silk scraps I had in my stash.
I guess my message for this cover is never throw anything away, treasure the gifts given to you from students, and find way to combine it all into something gorgeous!
Thanks to all my students who continually inspire me! And yes, I will be offering a free pattern for this cover soon. I will offer it in my monthly newsletter when it's ready.
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Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!