Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spreads in the "Lost & Found" Journal

When I made my "Lost & Found" journal, I challenged myself to use usual and unusual materials in the page spreads. All have acrylic paint.

This one has two tea bags--staple, string, tag, and tea removed--adhered to the page; it has great texture. 

This became a landscape, perhaps a crossroads, with an exciting (fiber) sky.

Here are five pieces of aluminum foil floating in a watery world. I like the details the crumpled foil holds.

This is an abstract eclipse with painted corrugated cardboard on the edge.

There is always a sense of discovery with paint and paper. You never know what will turn out, especially when you don't plan out your design.

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Little Teaching & A Little Painting

Recently I spent a lovely afternoon in a fellow artist’s studio, showing her and her friend how I make my little art notebooks. Jennifer Martin wishes to make some larger versions featuring her wonderful photographs.

So, we played with paint for a while and then created some 5” x 7” notebook journals. Here's the one I made. 

The next day, I realized that I had missed playing with paint…so I did.

Misty Mountains above the Lake
9" x 12"
acrylic on paper

Friday, April 18, 2014

Some New Journals

Been wanting to bind these up for a while.

This is a mixed-paper journal using the last of those old 1879 book covers. Inside are odds & ends of calendar, scrapbook, pastel, cardstock,  and watercolor papers. I covered the front and back in a heavy upholstery fabric I love. It's a sewn-over-tapes journal using light gray leather strips.

This is another sewn-over-tapes binding with green leather strips. I painted canvas boards using some light modeling paste.  Inside papers are Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper and one of my painted pockets with a leaf painting.

8" x 6" canvas board covers

With both of these, I forgot a few things and did them ahead of time instead of as the last things. But, they are only for me so it's just cosmetic.

Love the details on this journal!