Vanessa’s State of Me Album: Body


The following is a guest post from rukristin Creative Team member (and one of my personal style heroes) Vanessa. Today Vanessa is sharing a step-by-step tutorial on how she crafted this incredible feminist art journal using the album from this summer’s Find Your Voice Workshop kit.


Hey all, I’m very glad to be back on the Awesome Ladies Creative Team. For my first project, I decided to use the Find Your Voice kit available in the rukristin shop. I’ve been coveting the 6 x 9 Basically Bare album for a while. I decided to make myself a Lady Journal, just like Kristin made a while ago. The first thing I did was stitch together some fabric to cover my album.


I used some of the amazing remnants I brought back from Mexico. I decided to use my album vertically so it looks like this.

Feminist Art Journal | @dansmoncrane for #rukristin

Inside, I put a layer of black gesso and used some gold chipboard alphas. ‘State of me’ will be a place to lay down my emotions. We all have layers of feeling and I wanted a place to consolidate them. This is it.

Feminist Art Journal | @dansmoncrane for #rukristin

My first foray into this journal is sadness. I took a self-portrait where I’m striking a sad pose. I then traced myself so that I would have a template of my silhouette.

Feminist Art Journal | @dansmoncrane for #rukristin

I cut out the silhouette from the watercolor paper that comes with the album.


This means I have two pages to watercolor, the silhouette that I cut out and the negative of my form.

Feminist Art Journal | @dansmoncrane for #rukristin

I pulled out some Dura-Lar which is a new medium that I had never used before. It is super smooth and so cool to draw on. I used the Precision Pen that comes with the kit.

Feminist Art Journal | @dansmoncrane for #rukristin

The album also comes with some cool transparency pages. I placed one of them over my picture and used a gold Pilot pen to make rays around my figure.


Here is how all the layers look placed one on top of the other.

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There you have it. I hope you enjoyed this photo heavy post and that it inspires you to construct your own Lady Journal, just for you.

Products Used: Find Your Voice Kit,  Basic Grey Black Alphas, gesso, gold paint pen

Find Vanessa on instagram where she’s awesome, brilliant, and inspiring.