What You'll Find Here

I post daily (photos of my journal pages, things that inspire me and personal bits and pieces) to inspire and encourage others. I have always believed that if I can do it, so can you.

You'll find resources (my favorite supplies, books, slideshows of my art journal pages, favorite bloggers, etc...) listed along the right hand side of my blog.

I've been teaching both in person and online workshops for more than twenty years. You can find out more about my classes by scrolling down along the right hand side of my blog. I strive to make classes accessible to everyone (both beginner to advanced).

I love teaching and truly believe that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, May 01, 2011

Hi, Evelin here. I read somewhere on a book that we should use acid-free materials for art journalling. But the ephemera that we use are normally non acid-free, right? Would this be something that you are particular about and what is your advice? Thanks!

My advice is not to worry about it. The whole acid free scrapbooking thing is a joke. The minute your hands touch anything acid free and archival go right out the window. I don't worry about it.

I think it was Picasso who said he didn't worry about it. He'd let the museum archivists take care of it.

You can always coat your pieces with gel medium. Gel medium won't yellow and once it's dry, it's not going anywhere. You can also use uv varnishes, etc... to protect your work. I don't recommend coating your journal pages, however. If it's warm, your pages could stick together. Whenever I work in my journals, I only put the glue on the back. I also primarily use a glue stick.

I make art for me and for now. I figure that scrapbooks from 100+ years ago are still around. Art journaling is glorified scrapbooking. I'd like them to last for my son. I keep them away from direct sunlight and I try to dust them every now and then.

Make art for you and for now. Use what makes you happy. That's my advice.

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Connie Lutz said...

I find my best ephemera from scrapbooks that were given away by families! I too tell folks not to worry...

Evelin said...

Kelly, thanks for your advice! Really appreciate it! :D