Stash and Smash Art Journal Ideas

View a YouTube,  Recycle a 'toilet paper roll' and 'adding machine tape' into a creative mini-journal with Stash and Smash author Cindy Shepard.

     The toilet roll mini-journal featured in this week's YouTube is fun and easy to make. My suggestion is to make more than one .... one for the art studio and one for your purse. The journals make great sketchbooks, notepads and tangle pads. They would also make a great quickie gift for a fellow artist.

     I stopped in on one of Cindy Shepard's recent mini-journal classes, everyone was busy adding color, texture, stamps and images to their pages.  Since the page is small it's a great way to use up all those scraps of paper and ephemera you hate to throw away after a major art project.

     Everyday life can often bring with it lots of clutter and refuse. We all do our best to recycle, paper.... plastic.... glass. A few of us take it a step farther and seek to turn this refuse into art or something useful. Cindy is one such person, she has put some of these cast-off treasures to use in her book "Stash and Smash". Mixing precious memorabilia, a little paint and a lot of scraps Cindy turns her collections into inspiring sketchbooks and journal pages. "Stash and Smash" has over 120 ideas for techniques, bindings and organizing your own personal stash.

     If you are planning to attend the Craft and Hobby Association conference in Anaheim, CA I hope you stop by the Fox Chapel Publishing/Design Originals booth #1209.
     There will be make-n-takes and demonstrations going on all of the time.  I will be demonstrating Zentangle® as will Sandy Steen Bartholomew CZT and Angie Vangalis CZT. Mark Montano, "Pulp Fiction" author and Joanne Fink, the author of "Zenspirations" will also be in the booth. Mark has a fabulous new book previewing at CHA, "Vision Boxes".  Cindy Shepard will be doing a make-n-take as well, a junk mail journal, Sunday from 10 til 12, Monday from 1130 til 1 and Tuesday from 1230 til 230. We hope to see you there!

Zentangle of the week, enjoy and create!!

                     Zentangle #97


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