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{creative SOUL} FREE spirit handmade art journal

DESCRIPTION | MARCH 2017 FREE spirit handmade art journal collection by mixed media artist Traci Bautista

"FREE spirit" sums up this limited collection of books from the creative process to the idea of inspire you to be FREE and let go when you create art. there are NO RULES..keep your mind open to all the possibilities.

Some have torn and tattered pages, some are covered with hand painted motifs like florals or organic shapes. Random splashes of color are spilled across the pages. There is a mix of visual jumpstarts that are sprinkled throughout...some have coloring book pages, faces, florals and abstract photos. PLUS there are many "blank" spaces for you to add your personal artistic style. The pages are waiting for you to fill them with your hopes, desires and dreams.  

MY journal making process is an intuitive session in creative PLAY. I spend time painting and mark-making to create colorful, inspiration filled papers and fabrics that are bound into these unique treasures.

Then stitch together each journal by randomly selecting pieces that inspire me at that moment. They are torn or cut and stacked into piles, some are stitched wildly with free motion motifs while others are simple tucked and folded to reveal an additional space to write and make notes. 

The basic construction is a simple machine stitch but the thought behind the process, the way the pages are attached, the artwork and the fiber embellished spines make these books one-of-a-kind treasures. NO two journals are alike. 

The art of making handmade books is a passion I've had since I was 10, when I created my first journal out of brown paper lunch bags with torn edges that was wrapped with handmade paper covers and a tulle bow. I've always loved to make things from found materials and you'll discover that as you turn the pages in each one of these books.

This freestyle machine stitched art journal is filled with a collection of random sized decorated painted pages, a few recycled papers with hand stenciled prints, painted pattern chipboard and monoprint printmaking paper.  In some journals, you'll find a few pages inside have stitched embellished designs. Each journal is one-of-a-kind with layers hand painted fabrics, dyed fabric & papers and some have hand lettered words.

The journal cover has patchwork art quilted pieces made of heavy duty chipboard, fabric remnants & paper collage. These paintings are created with black India ink brushed on with free flowing organic mark-making and some by found tools like the edge of a cardboard. 

The journal spine is folded and stitched, some pages in the book fold out to reveal additional writing space.  Beautiful hand dyed fabric and fibers gracefully wrap the embellished spine.

IMAGES in the product preview are some of the interior pages and covers of the journal PLUS some photos of the creative process. 

This is a limited edition art journal, no two journals are ever the same. 

Each of my handmade journal tells a story, they are dimensional moving paintings..stitched collages. The random-sized pages flip and fold out to create a "choose your own adventure" experience. There is no front or back, they can be turned in any direction. This special collection opens up to create art quilt wall hangings. Many hours of painting, mark-making and stitching went into making these one-of-a-kind handmade books. My hope is that when my handmade books find new homes, they bring inspiration with every turn of the page.

Journal colors: a mixture of colors and hand painted pages

Fill it with notes, idea lists, journal prompts, add photos, doodles and drawings. Its portable size can be taken anywhere!

The journal measures 5.25"L x 8.5"H x .5" spine and has a 56 pages. It has a red, orange and peach fiber wrapped embellished spine.

a peek inside the art journal..


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NOTE: This is a physical product that will be shipped to you.
DELIVERY TIME: Please allow up to 2 weeks{USA} and 3 weeks{International} for shipping. ALL orders are shipped USPS priority mail. Price includes USPS insurance cost.

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