Lesson 7: Making a Junque Journal with Tangible Plans Workshop Part 1 of 3

Art Travels with Rain for Tangie Baxter's blogHello fellow artists!

It has been a beautiful day in western Colorado…filled with fall color, misty clouds and first snow on top of the high mountain range I see from my porch.  I have had the lovely experience of working on a new “Junque Journal” today, making pages using Tangie’s, “Tangible Plans” workshop.  I love the Studio Art Box  and the Tangible Plans workshops for transforming simple Composition books into my daily companion.

I just heard today that Tangie will be doing a series of tutorials in November on using the Tangible Plans workshop.  I am so happy about this!  Tangible Plans workshop is truly one of my favorite “go-to” collections of templates and options, all set up and ready to go with a thousand combinations that are possible.


I make new ones when the last are filled to the brim with bits, pieces, ribbons, journal words, lists, photos, and all the vast amounts of ephemera that pass by my eyes in a week.  I use these as a daily planner, a place to store my ideas, quotes, seed packets, doodled drawings, printed art journal pages, little paintings, ads that have colors or compositions I want to remember, on and on.  I tuck in pressed flowers and leaves, receipts, bits of life I want to remember in the future, and hold close, as well as lists of information such as the passport stamps of the Art Journal Caravan by number.  These aren’t scrapbooks with formal layouts and photos, or my art books of art journal pages, though many formal pages are generated from the ideas tucked into the Junque Journal.  I don’t know how I lived without one close at hand at all times!

This week I will take a look at the nuts and bolts of printing and making the Journal, next week the making of the paper beads, and then the making of ribbons and cords.


Last week I posted about couching and the making of a Junque Journal cover…this one was a gift for a beloved sister-in-law, filled with printed off Tangible Plan pages, with lots of areas for her to write or paste on.  This one is all mine.

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On the binding side are paper and fused silk paper beads made with cut strips from the edges of my Tangible Plan print outs.  Next week, I will show you how to make these terrific beads that can be used in many ways including jewelry, book bindings, on tassels and cords, and as buttons and closures.

The cover is a page from Tangie Baxter’s kit, “Field Notes”, printed onto a photo paper and fused to a stabilizer.  I made a collage of several flowers from Tangie’s, “Cuatro Day of the Dead”, bits of fused silk fibers, and a machine embroidered butterfly.  Yes, that is a butterfly, for all of you that took the Symbology Workshop and attended the chat where I deplored the overuse of butterflies! I actually love the symbol of transformation, and the beauty of butterflies.

The cover piece was then free motion embroidered with variegated threads, and a few solid colors, including a zigzag stitch on the edges, then mounted onto the Composition book.  I made a simpler backing in the same color scheme and also mounted it to the back.

Then I added the paper beads, the wrapped beads, a few embellishment charms, and hand stitched it all together with yarn and ribbon.  Yes!  Then on to the inner pages…

Below is an image of one 2 page spread from my last Junque Journal:

Art Travels with Rain for Tangie Baxter's blogA few more pages that are for the new Junque Journal, in their beginning phases:

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Above is a photo with one way to measure and trim the printed page before mounting into the Composition Book, by folding the side and top and then cutting off the excess.

Below is another method that I use the most often…using the Composition Book itself to trace around on the back of the printed page, then cutting it out and mounting.

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Here is a view of my work table, and the pile of edges trimmed off the printed pages.  I keep these in a basket for adding to the center bit of the Composition Book, or saving for the future.

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And as a preview for next week, here’s a look at some paper beads in the making:

Art Travels with Rain for Tangie Baxter's blogSo until next week, I hope you can find some time to make art!

take care,


6 Responses to Lesson 7: Making a Junque Journal with Tangible Plans Workshop Part 1 of 3

  • Tangie says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Thanks for sharing Rain!

  • This is so cool!

  • Ann c says:

    Love this idea! I too enjoy the tangible plans kit. What type of paper do you print on?

  • RainK says:

    Hi Ann C,
    The inner part of the Composition book pages are just printed onto regular old copy paper…easy and cheap to print, and thin so the double pages still fit in the book. Having said that, my Companion books are very huge by the end and some sport ribbon ties to keep closed at all! The cover I printed on canvas paper as I wanted to
    stitch into it and have it hold up, so thicker and also a fused paper backed stabilizer added before stitching. I do also tuck in watercolor paper and some decorative papers as I go.

  • ann says:

    thanks for the information about the papers!

  • kay says:

    LOVE my composition junque journals! AND Tangible Plans. The composition books are just the right size and I find I’m using several at a time for different journals I have going all the time. It’s always fun to see how other people are organizing and using the PLANS and what their pages look like.


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