A Year of Art Journals

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A Year of Art Journals

There are not as many art journals circulating as there used to be, and I miss them.

I think people are nervous because they don't always make it back.  You send the journal out, and you don't know if you'll ever see it again.  It's understandable how that would ruffle people.  Sometimes people put the journal away and forget, and other times the disappearance is more sinister.  Either way, I'm going to take the chance.  I'm looking at it from the perspective that it will be fun to see how many make it back, and how far those that don't make it, get.

One journal a month will be sent out into the world for a year.  That's 12 journals, so I won't be able to babysit them.  I would like people to check in here when they send and receive, so we can all watch the progress, and attempt to keep tabs on them.

They will each be numbered inside the front cover, so everyone will know which journal they have.  Please post in this group when you send and receive, and anything else about the journal you would like to share.

A few notes to help keep things moving smoothly.

1. Only keep the journal for 2 weeks.  If you need more time, contact me or post here, so we know what's going on.

2. Do not alter other artist's work, even if you don't share their views.  That being said, do not use art as an excuse to be offensive.

3. Paint, draw, collage, whatever you want, but it must lay flat.  The journals need to be able to close all the way, so they can be mailed easily.

4. When you've completed your pages you can send the journal on to the next person or return it to me, whichever you like.  Please look inside the cover and let us know which journal you have when you post.  They're all numbered.

5. If you are interested in participating, please let me know.  I don't want to assume you want to participate just because you join the group.  Sometimes people like to watch for a while.

6. Please let me know which journal you want to participate in.  I don't want to assume everyone wants to participate in all the journals.  There's going to be 12 in all; that's a lot of journals.  Of course, you can participate in as many or few as you want.  

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Comment by PJ Matilda on May 12, 2017 at 9:22pm

I can't edit my post, but I just want to throw in this little edit.  The journals will be 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".  It's the same regular post, but we get a bit more room for our art, and I can use regular (US) size paper folded in half.  

I was just on the US post office site, checking sizes.  I want people to be able to throw a stamp on it and toss it in the mailbox.  Besides not costing extra, I also don't want it to be a trip to the post office and a rigmarole to mail.  This should do the trick.

Comment by PJ Matilda on May 12, 2017 at 8:15pm

Gu, I removed you from the list.  Please feel free to jump in whenever you want.  This will be going on for a year, so there's plenty of time.

Comment by PJ Matilda on May 12, 2017 at 8:11pm

Ruth, don't mail that journal.  This is going to cost too much.

Well, this first journal was certainly a learning experience.  hahahahaha...

I'm going to restart the journals with #1.  It may be a couple of weeks because I'm going to order the long stapler and make my own.  As soon as the first one is ready I'll post it here.

I'm going to make them 5"x7", so they're big enough, but will be able to go regular post, and not cost extra to mail.

No worries, just some bugs to work out.  Moan, your information was very helpful, thank you.   :)

Comment by PJ Matilda on May 12, 2017 at 8:00pm

Thank you Moan, this stapler looks great.  I'm going to go ahead and order one.

Comment by on May 12, 2017 at 7:02pm

Ooh, that's a dear one Ruth. I think I might have to pull out of this for now PJ, I'm really sorry. I just bought 10 picture frames and 250 printed postcards. I gotta watch my spending.

Comment by RUTH GILES on May 12, 2017 at 6:55pm

Hello, I currently have Journal Number 1 in my possession and it weighs 375 grams.  To send it as a small parcel to the USA from the UK will cost me 8.05 pounds (I don't have pound sign on my laptop!).  Bear in mind that it is only going to get heavier and heavier as more people add to it.

Comment by on May 12, 2017 at 6:47pm

I'm a little concerned at the cost to post on now, is it like a hard backed book or card cover?

Comment by Moan Lisa on May 12, 2017 at 6:33pm

I think 6x9" is the biggest you can send in a regular sized envelope? I could be wrong on that point; in which case US Letter / A4 sized paper, folded over once the long ways is a perfect fit inside a 6x9" envelope. These are the size of the last mail art books I sent out.

The long stapler is necessary for putting these together, also it's nice to have a heavier weight cardstock for the cover but regular paper inside, so I get my cardstock from Amazon (I can get you a particular link if you need it) and just use computer paper inside.

Here's a linkto the stapler:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006HUPRA/ref=oh_aui_search_deta...

Comment by PJ Matilda on May 12, 2017 at 6:14pm

Lisa, that's a great idea.  I think I'll check out the long staplers.  

I agree about the journals.  When I mailed journal #1, I was surprised by the postage.  I know it can be high going from the US to the UK, but it was still more than I expected, especially since there are going to be 12 in all.

Since the first one is already started, I'm going to let it continue for whoever wants it, but the rest need to be lighter.  I found some at the craft store yesterday that I think will be better.  Thinner and not hard cover, much lighter.  I think they'll be easier and cheaper to mail.   

Here's a comparison photo.  They're the same size for the surface, just thinner without being too skimpy.

I'm going to check out the staplers also and see about making some of them myself.

Comment by Moan Lisa on May 12, 2017 at 4:05pm

I have a long stapler and have in the past made a few mini-journals that are easy to send without paying much extra for the postage. Is that something the group might be interested in having?

 

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