The first session was about creating journals using a bound spine. Although Martha uses a Rubi-Coil binding device for her book, I have a Zutter Bind-it-All machine which works just as well. I have to say that I just really love Martha's style. She likes to say things like, "I do it this way, but you can do it another way. Sure, why not?" No stress, no need to be in lock-step formation - just the way I like it.
Martha shows how to collage a cover for this journal, but when she mentioned that you could also use fabric, I had an aha moment, remembering that I had some canvas fabric (an old carryall turned inside out) that I'd already painted, so I sewed that to paper and used it instead. Also, I was able to unload lots of my old, unloved scrapbook paper, as I knew most of it would be covered with other papers anyway.
Martha uses the word "snippets" to refer to the things you will put in your book. In the same genre as Mary Ann Moss' Remains of the Day journal, this book is built around all those bits and pieces of things you've maybe drawn or painted or clipped and saved, magically bound together in one place and looking like that's how you meant them to be in the first place (when really, you didn't have any plan at all). I love that idea, because I've started so many journals that I didn't finish, and probably never will, that I'm happy to finally have a place where everything can be viewed at once.
So this cover is a piece of canvas, gessoed, painted, stenciled, stamped and written. Isn't that binding great??
Close up of the cover...
The face sketch in upper left is from a Misty Mawn class I took. Little girl's face on upper right side page is an image transfer onto sticky-back canvas, ala Claudine Hellmuth. (Snippets!)
Arting with my friends one day, we used foam canvas to make stamps. That's what you see on both pages here.
Sketches with colored pencil and watercolor.
More colored pencil on the left, plus a zippered bag gifted to me from one of my art pals. I'll be putting tags in there soon.
More colored pencil sketches, and a peacock and poem.
The little girl on the left is an image transfer. Background on left and right pages were done in an online class with Julie Prichard at Land of Lost Luggage. She's a layer master!
I love drawing faces of all kinds. These are acrylic, watercolor, and pencil.
The silver pot on upper left was my first attempt at using frisket with watercolor. I love the effect. "Seize the Day" on the right is a little class I took with Lori Vligen. I love her writing.
Watercolors, and some gelli plate page backgrounds.
And more gelli pages and watercolors...
Those little nonsense creatures are part of the class with Carla Sonheim.
And that gate on the left is a villa in Italy.
There are still some more pages to finish in my book, but I've got a good start on it - at least 3/4 of the way through and will finish it this weekend. Did I just say FINISH? I'm really addicted to working on the book, and good thing I'm almost done because it's time for the second section of Lollapalooza. Hope you enjoyed this little tour as much as I enjoyed making it. I keep swearing I'll do more blogging, and though I don't always get to it as often as I might, I do enjoy reading all your blogs, too!