Artists’ journals can be as big – or small – as you like, especially if you make them by hand.
You can even start with a single sheet of paper and – in just a minute or two – fold it into a simple journal.
Here are some videos to inspire you.
Folded Journal One
First, here’s a video by Cathy Johnson. She’s probably best known for her watercolors and mixed media art. Here’s part of her longer video about folded-page journals.
To see the entire video from the beginning, visit https://youtu.be/CffQyRdTDUc
And, you can subscribe to Cathy’s YouTube channel … she’s posted many videos to inspire you!
Folded Journal Two
Of course, you don’t have to stop with a single sheet of paper. For a larger journal – or a journal-inside-a-journal – you could add more (and larger) sheets of paper.
LK Ludwig – part of the original artists’ journals movement – filmed this several years ago. In less than a minute, you can see various ways she uses fold-out pages in one of her handmade journals.
I think those are brilliant folding ideas, to get the most from any artist’s journal.
Here’s the link to her YouTube channel: Lk Ludwig
But maybe you want something small, different, and a little quirky. The next couple of videos may inspire you.
Folded Journal Three
This one is a journal-in-a-journal, best if you want to expand an existing journal. It’s from Paper Pixie, and it’s a fun idea.
You can watch this video and others at Paper Pixie's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrE5BOtFFlaurAulAU3C0Ig
Folded Journal Four
This video is longer than the others – a little over six minutes – and filled with ideas. In some ways, it’s similar to Cathy’s video… but this is simpler. Also, unless you attach a couple of these – back to back – it produces an art journal with fewer pages.
I love this concept if you’re starting with scrapbooking paper, or sheets of paper ephemera.
It’s one of many projects Maremi features at her YouTube channel.
What are your favorite folded journal ideas? I hope you’ll share your thoughts in comments, below.