My daughter picked up a 2011 Moleskine journal at Savers and gave it to me to use as an art journal. I absolutely love how it's coming along. It's taking a beating and still holding up very well. I prepared a few pages by gluing some of the pages together and applying gesso, gluing scrap cardstock and tissue paper to the pages, and whatever else I can think of.
I probably won't photograph all of the pages because some are personal and others aren't so pretty. But this is one of my favorite pages I've done so far. I'm not sure if I'm finished with it yet. I'm thinking it needs some words on the left-hand side and maybe something more on the background.
I decoupaged a layer of birch wood printed tissue paper to the pages. It was pretty cool all by itself. I found the leaves for a buck at The Discovery Shop, a cancer thrift shop. I didn't know what I was going to use them for, but a few days later some of them ended up here.
I lightly colored the Julie Nutting dolls and their little dog, too. (See what I did there?) Picket Fence Distress Paint was smoodged about because I love playing with that stuff.
Sometimes I open my journal just to feel the pages, especially the decoupaged ones. Decoupaging with tissue paper is one of my favorite things to do lately. Try it!