October 11, 2015

A Change of Pace ....

Hello my lovelies!  Hoping all is well with each and every one of you.
While I am waiting for the house to sell, paintings seem to be piling up.  Not being in the gallery any more, they are not selling as usual and they are becoming a storage problem.  I've been wondering what else I could do in the meantime, as I seem to have to keep myself occupied!  Don't know what to do with myself without a paint brush in my hand - so decided to have a little change of pace.

I've been wanting to do some hand made journals and have been collecting covers for some time.  Thought I would begin now and they will be ready to pack and ship home when things fall into place.

The first one I'm going to work on is an old photograph album cover.  I have removed the inside, cut the binding and glued it down on to the inside of the covers.  Decorating it began, however, I'm not sure it will continue in the same direction.  I may rethink it and 'dig out' some other stuff from my storage space under the terrace.

The first cover I chose is a brown velvet - antique, with brass fittings.  The clasp is gone, if there ever was one, however that is no problem to fix.  I'll have to dig around in my 'stuff' for inspiration and hope something clicks.  At the moment, the ideas are pretty dry.  Here are some photos of the cover I've chosen to begin with.

I've added the image of a woman, however not sure if I'm in love with it!

 The inside covers.  Might cover them with old ledger papers???  Still a question.

 Back cover is in good shape and may remain plain.  Easier to lie flat when it's open.

I'll keep you posted on my progress.  It may take me a couple of days to find everything I need, as much of it has been packed away.  Yikes!  

Thanks so much for dropping over.  

“The artist never entirely knows — We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark” ~Agnes de Mille


  1. Looks like a great idea, they are surely wonderful pieces to play with, and I remember that you made some fantastic journals in the past. Take your time and I am sure the ideas will soon flow. Take care of yourself Sweetie and have a lovely day, hugs, Valerie

  2. I'm so glad you've decided to work on those journals you showed a few posts ago. This one is lovely- that rich brown velvets. I look forward to seeing where this goes. Changing gears by putting down your paintbrush is likely causing the pause you noted- but you'll get in the groove soon as you answer the question, 'Now where did I put that?" And you'll rediscover all those treasure you love to use in journals! Have fun.

  3. Do keep us posted - I really believe that when it is as right as it can be - we know in our gut. A little voice say 'YES" I understand that most artists never completely like what they do -- I love the idea of an art journal with YOUR art in it. Valerie mentioned past journals - I will have to go and seek them out.
    Take good care of yourself Donna - eat right and get plenty of rest - also walking is a good thing. Now I have given my motherly advice because I care sugar!!
    Sandy xx
    sandy xx

  4. Elsbeth and I were just talking yesterday about making those and the advantages of making something that is actually useful...since so many of us already have walls that are full and we tend, at this age, to be in down-sizing mode. I had to let SO much stuff go when we moved..... frames, art pieces, etc. It's a process but does give you the opportunity to start over in some ways. Love that you are directing your energies in this way and I'm sure the journals will be FABULOUS!!

  5. Oh, I want to make a journal too. Yours are so inspirational and this one will be gorgeous, I just know it.
    Once you get started, it will be difficult to stop, Donna. However, do take it easy and rest too, get up and move around a bit. I always forget my own advice and wonder why my legs don't work so well after sitting all day. My new resolution for 2016....make a journal.