Both folded pages to the left (above). The left folded page completely opened (above).
The right folded page completely opened. The left folded page opened in the opposite direction. Doors You can cut a door into a page so that it reveals something on another page. A door adds instant interactivity just like a fold because viewers will want to open it and look. You can make a door simply by folding a page or by gluing a blank card to a page. You can make a door even more quickly from a single piece of paper using a craft knife. Experiment with the different ways in your journal. Supplies Pencil, cutting mat, craft knife STEP 1 Draw a line as a guide for cutting. STEP 2 Place a cutting mat under the page, and use a craft knife to cut through. In this case, we cut both pages to create a circle around the brain image. TIP When using a craft knife, you need to use a sharp blade and a lot of caution. A sharp blade cuts more easily and cleanly than a dull blade. Be extremely careful not to cut yourself or the underlying pages. The cut area open in one direction to reveal a portion of a map. The cut portion open in the opposite direction to reveal labels. The outer portion flipped in one direction to reveal the brain on the label page. The cut portion fl ipped to reveal the map on the label page. The outer portion flipped the opposite direction to reveal the brain on the map page. WINDOWS Windows and holes in pages give glimpses into other pages and create relationships between them. Using a craft knife and cutting mat, you can quickly cut holes and windows in pages without cutting into their neighbors. Supplies Cutting mat, craft knife, glue (optional) STEP 1 With a cutting mat underneath, use a craft knife to cut a hole into the page. In this case, we cut a hexagonal hole, following a shape already drawn on the page. STEP 2 Remove the cut piece and the cutting mat to reveal the page underneath. STEP 3 You can turn the page to expose the cut out section on two different pages and choose how to embellish the areas. Here we turned the page to show a blank area. In this case, we embellished the space on the previous page and glued the cut piece elsewhere. SINGEING Burning the edges of pages or even areas within pages with a candle or lighter is another way to alter your journal. Large burnt holes and edges can give glimpses into other pages. Always be careful when using flames. You do not want to set your journal or work space on fire! Supplies Lighter STEP 1 Singe the edge of a page. You may want to tilt the page if you want the flames to burn in a particular direction. STEP 2 Singe a hole into a page. Hold the page up if you do not want to burn the underlying pages. STEP 3 Allow the flame to burn through several pages to create pages that interact with one another. TIP Because the flames can quickly burn out of control, have a scrap sheet of paper nearby that you can use to snuff the flames. From Journal Junkies Workshop by Eric Scott and David Modler, 2010; courtesy of www.createmixedmedia.com. To learn more about or purchase Journal Junkies Workshop by Eric Scott and David Modler, click here. For more on altering your art journal: Writing in Your Journal Creating Your First Journal Page MORE RESOURCES FOR MIXED MEDIA ARTISTS • Improve your mixed media art with books, DVDs, downloads & from the North Light Shop • Sign up for your FREE Create Mixed Media email newsletter for great tips, projects & more • Get unlimited access to mixed media art instruction ebooks • Download free mixed media desktop wallpapers