You Will Need:
- Plain paper-5” x 17”
- Mat board scraps
- Recycled or scrap paper
- Decorative paper
- Colored pencils
- Liquid watercolors
- Glue stick
- Paper cutter
Ways to Decorate Paper for the Journal's Cover
Cover each board with an old road map, or use decorative paper such as leftover gift wrap, comics, or scraps of wallpaper.
old road map, or use decorative paper such as leftover gift wrap, comics, or scraps of wallpaper.
Use pliers to pull the felt-like nib from several dried up markers of the same color. Place the material into a jar and add a little water. Paint the unused side of scrap paper.
Remove the paper from a scrap crayon. Lay it flat on its side, and color the paper. Try using more than one color and go in both directions to make a plaid pattern. Vary the length of the crayon to make different size stripes.
Use a dark, thin marker to make loops all over a scrap of paper. Color in some of the areas to make a design.
On a scrap of paper, draw the same shape or symbol over and over again to make a repeat pattern.
Using crayons, heavily color a scrap of paper. Gently rub with a soft rag to polish.
Tips and Tricks:
If you don't have access to a paper cutter, have an adult cut the cardboard using a utility knife in combination with a triangle, T-square, or ruler to keep the corners square.
Standard art paper measures 12” x 18”, so you can make two books from one sheet. However, if you ask for scrap paper at a printing company or quick print shop, an employee may give you longer pieces, enabling you to make a journal with more pages.
Please note that the thickness of the CD jewel case will limit how many pages your journal will hold.
Thank you recycleworks.org for this project.