|Art deco inspired watercolor in Smash Book|
A Smash Book is the brand name
for a spiral bound scrapbook with
patterned card stock pages by
K & C Company. It's an outgrowth of
the scrapbooking phenomenon, but targeted
to people who don't have time to do a
complicated lay-out. The pages already
have background patterns, and you can
glue in photos, ticket stubs, mail, or any
ephemera from your day.
I choose to use mine as an art journal,
to make collages or sketches, or whatever
I feel like making that day.
I have seen a number of artists creating
their own hand-made 'smash books' with
assorted papers. I have several that I've made,
and am enjoying them very much. Sometimes
I 'respond' to the background of the page,
and sometimes I cover it up completely!
Basically, we artists make book art from
whatever we want to...
Above, a page in a journal that I hand-made
when I signed up for Mary Ann Moss'
Full Tilt Boogie class. (I highly recommend it)
Above, a page from the Scrappy Journal
that Elizabeth made for me. Her construction
is machine sewn onto the fabric cover. She
used a wonderful array of paper and
packaging scraps with just enough blank
space to add art work. It is one of my
favorite art journals!
When I refer to my Smash Book, I am
actually referring to the brand name book I
ordered on Amazon, (I am seeing them
in some of our discount stores now too)
which I use as a visual art journal.
I have noticed however, that
the term is becoming rather like "Coke."
Often people will refer to Coke when they are
talking about any cola beverage, not just that
brand name. And often the term 'Art Journal' refers
to any number of type of books: a travel journal,
a smash book, a sketchbook, a garden
or nature journal...you get the idea.
The definition of some things are rather
fluid, especially for artists!
|Spread in the Scrappy Journal|
What do you call your journal?