Hello my lovelies. Just beginning the first journal. It's odd switching from painting to a crafting mode ... takes awhile to get my mind into a different gear. I dug out some lovely heavy paper which you can buy very reasonably here. It's great for multi media work and takes paint well, and of course writing. Think I'm headed in the right direction.
I packed all my book binding equipment away, so will have to get my gardener, Reyes, to help me dig it out of storage, as I can't lift heavy boxes anymore. I will need my waxed linen thread, proper needles, my Japanese book punch etc. etc.
Today, I got the junk jewelry out and chose one simple piece for the front, which I think looks better than the woman I had there first. Luckily I still had some lovely paper stashed in my studio so was able to choose something to cover the inside covers. Made my first signature and think I will stick to five page signatures, as they are easier to sew by hand. As usual, I'm using my favorite Fluid Golden Matt Medium as an adhesive. It's just sooooo easy.
Here's what's happened so far.
I think I will leave the back plain. However, I never know if I'm going be struck by some other inspiration! :o)
I chose a very simple amber jewel trimmed in brass to accentuate the front piece of brass.
Inside, front and back are covered with a lovely high quality Italian Paper which was in my stash.
First signature of five sheets, which makes ten pages is ready and waiting for some buddies.
Patty Waite left an interesting comment regarding making things we can use, as at 'this age' we are somewhat downsizing. So true, and these journals are a lot of fun to use and to sell.
It's a wrap for today. Enjoy the moment.
“For an artist is not a consumer, as our commercials urge us to be. An artist is a nourisher and a creator who knows that during the act of creation there is collaboration. We do not create alone.”
~ Madeleine L/Engle
~ Madeleine L/Engle