Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Crafting a Journal While Stranded

Nov 17: Just finished my #junkjournal for #nikthebooksmith #desertedislandchallenge See the flip through at
I've been having fun in the craft side of my studio lately! Nik the Booksmith issued a journal making challenge called "The Deserted Island Journal Challenge".

We were challenged to make a journal from scratch with just a few items:
I was limited to 8 items:
#fabritac glue
#needle and #3plybamboothread
#guttedbook cover
Approximately 12x12" #fabric
One 12x12" sheet of #scrapbookpaper #Authentique #seamaiden #mermaid
#TimHoltzDistressInk #vintagephoto

This was so much fun, though challenging!
I'm almost finished with a surprise addition to this minimal journal. Subscribe to my craft channel to be notified when it will be public! Wait until you see how I blinged it all up!

I have a new YouTube channel just for my handmade journals and sketchbooks. Please visit, subscribe, like and comment! 
As always, I will post tutorials, demonstrations and other fine art watercolor videos on my original YouTube channel. Please subscribe to that one if your interest is more on the "watercolor fine art" side.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Busy Weekend for Art

While I am teaching a workshop for first time watercolorists in Kirkland this weekend, my sketchbook is headed for an art fair in NY in this cute little bookmobile!

See what they did in the workshop here:

Your book is headed to The Other Art Fair!

Just a quick note to let you know that your book was one of only a few hundred books that will be at The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn, NY this weekend:

Your book is in our NEW Bookmobile on for all artists and visitors to see! Thanks for helping us inspire this community!

In the area or know someone who wants to attend The Other Art Fair? Use code 'SKETCHBOOK' at checkout for complimentary tickets!

Sketch ya later,
The Sketchbook Project Crew

Brooklyn Expo Center
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Friday, 11/9 3-10PM
Saturday, 11/10 12-9PM

Sunday 11/11 11-6PM


Monday, November 5, 2018

Three Tutorials now uploaded on my New YouTube Channel

I have been making accordion sketchbooks since around 2000. Up to now they have been for personal use and as gifts for friends and family.

New Tutorial Added Today
As my weekly watercolor classes and workshops are winding up for the fall, I look forward to joining my fellow urban sketchers on location.

I've been looking for something to do at home as well during the long hiatus until classes resume in late January. Recently, I've also been making junk journals in the craft side of my studio as gifts for friends and family members.

I am finishing up an international junk journal challenge and will soon have a fun, new project video to add! Subscribe to MicheleCooperCrafts to see that one when it's up!

What is a Junk Journal and What Do You Do With It?
A junk journal is a handmade book made up of recycled items such as papers from magazines, brochures, patterned paper, music sheets, envelopes, packaging, brown paper bags, maps, greeting cards, post cards, doilies, to name a few.  The book covers can be made from cereal boxes, old book covers or any hard card boards.  The list is endless, especially when your creative imagination is sparked!
This is the cover of a Junk Journal I made recently for my teenage granddaughter. She can sketch and write in it. The faux leather cover is made from dyed and distressed baking paper and two manila envelopes.I will upload a tour of this on my new channel soon.

Creating and making a junk journal is like keeping a diary but with more graphics, memorabilia and keepsake items. It is to record and document your thoughts, memories, an occasion or an event that has touched you. It tells a story and it does not necessarily have to be a daily journal.

My original YouTube Channel, MichelesNWStudio has numerous watercolor tutorials that I have uploaded for many years as an educational aid for my students and subscribers. Now I think it's time to separate the fine art side of the studio from the craft side of the studio, on YouTube at least. I will be uploading some new projects on both channels in the next few days and weeks. I hope you will visit, subscribe and comment.