After drawing on the front page of my new journal in the last post, I was left thinking just how FLIMSY the paper cover felt. It wouldn't take much to have it bend and crease. And, I noticed that it was absorbing oils from my fingers, as I mentioned in that post. I kept thinking I needed to use some kind of fixative on the cover. Putting out a call to my fellow CZTs for suggestions, I happily got quite a bit of input on what to do, the most interesting of which was to laminate the cover. Yes! It would solve three problems at once: Preserve the drawing, stiffen the flimsy paper, and prevent oils and spills from damaging the cover.
But lamination takes a machine and heat, right? That's when I happily discovered self-adhesive laminating sheets. It took me a while to locate some, but I've now ordered more. I can see all kinds of uses for these handy dandy things.
To test them out, I took another old-but-similar journal and drew on its cover, then tried my first-ever lamination on it, figuring that if it was a disaster, I would not have wrecked my other new journal. This old journal (below) is one I've been using for random workshop notes and it's a mishmash of a lot of my random interests. And the handwritten notes inside are m-e-s-s-y. Really messy. But I love the cover! My amateur attempt at lamination came out great. After laminating the cover on this journal for practice, I immediately did the cover on my new journal. I could not be happier with the results. What a great idea! Thanks, fellow CZTs.
Except... I like the cover drawing on my old, half-filled, messy journal (picture to the left) so much that I'm feeling very sorry it's so m-e-s-s-y inside.
Doesn't THAT sound familiar...as in, the way we labor over our outer appearance to others, and often forget to pay attention to our own inner presence? I hope this isn't a reflection of my life at the moment, LOL.
Doing this has got me all excited about drawing, all over again. Doesn't take much...
I bought about ten of these journals in a batch about thirty years ago, thinking I would love them, but the plain covers and the inside strangely textured blue paper meant that after filling up the first one I let the rest languish. Now, suddenly, I am full of ideas about what to do with them and am glad I have a few left.
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), long-time meditator and coach, focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
NEXT INTRO TO ZENTANGLE CLASS:
My next Beginning Zentangle® class will be for a private group in October. That class is full.
I'll be teaching another beginning class at the Greenfield Community Center in the spring of 2019, date to be determined. They do not have a website so please call them for more information.
I am always happy to teach 1-1 and/or in a small group in your home.)
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SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society