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Sunday, 1 March 2015

March Week One: Inclusions


Hello Arty Friends!

This month's theme is Nature. Whether you love outdoor activities like hiking, boating, and mountain climbing, or prefer to keep a pane of glass between yourself and the great outdoors, I'm sure that nature will provide abundant inspiration for your creativity. If you ever feel like getting some nature-inspired eye candy, I suggest you visit Design-Seeds.com and just scroll through the beautiful photos:


   


Design Seeds celebrate colors found in nature and the aesthetic of purposeful living. - See more at: http://design-seeds.com/about#sthash.7FccjnlN.dpuf
Design Seeds celebrate colors found in nature and the aesthetic of purposeful living. - See more at: http://design-seeds.com/about#sthash.7FccjnlN.dpuf
Design Seeds celebrate colors found in nature and the aesthetic of purposeful living. - See more at: http://design-seeds.com/about#sthash.7FccjnlN.dpuf
Design Seeds celebrate colors found in nature and the aesthetic of purposeful living. - See more at: http://design-seeds.com/about#sthash.7FccjnlN.dpuf



























Onto this month's first technique: 
Inclusions 
To me, an inclusion in anything that you put into your art journal that expands the available real estate in your journal (like building on an extra room in your house). 

Inclusions can be:
  • extensions to pages, 
  • elements that are inserted into the spine of a stich-bound book (these are called Tip-Ins: see this website for a really good explanation and examples), 
  • pages made into pockets, 
  • pre-made envelopes and pockets stuck onto pages 
  • hidden elements such as doors, or concertina pages.
I have included videos on a variety of different types of inclusions, because some people are using loose paper for their journals, other people are working in bound books. 

All of the videos are by Janet B. on YouTube. I have also compiled a YouTube Playlist with many other examples. I think once you watch the below videos, you will have a really good idea of how diverse inclusions can be. The videos should all play without you having to leave this page, but if you need to watch them on YouTube, I have included the link address below each video.

Extensions:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7-itFgXcdA

Doors:

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3uZFUKGRXU


  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzF-If7pa1c

Tip-Ins: Please only watch this video if you work in a stitch- or spiral-bound (book style) journal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c5fJjBcBAc


Next week's lesson is going to be about Spray Inks.

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