Saturday, June 1, 2013

Lollapalooza I

Every summer for the past few years I've tried to do some sort of online summer art series.  One year I did a six-week class with Claudine Hellmuth; another year it was Carla Sonheim's Drawing Lab book.   This year I'm taking Martha Lever's Lollapalooza online workshops, which are issued in a series of 3 different sessions.

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...

 And here are the inside pages. Look at the wonderful layering and glimpses of succeeding pages.  Martha taught us all about that.

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.

 The face on the left was my first attempt to use Shiva Paintsticks for faces.  I liked the blended effect.  And that walrus on the right is watercolor, straight from the Museum of Natural History. I love to go there to sketch the animals.

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!


Monica said...

it is incredible Terri, I love how you found a place from all the classes to save your little treasures and art work. It is a great start. it also impressed me that it was a bind book as usually I do not like them. you made it work so well.

De said...

Teri this is lovely! What fun you've had

Boredonstandby said...

Such pretty :)

Boredonstandby said...

Such pretty :)

Patzee said...

What a wonderful tour of your creative adventures! Your journal looks fabulous!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Janet Ghio said...

What a great book Teri! I love Martha Lever's art.

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Teri
I can tell how much fun you are having with this journal. Looks fantastic using all those different techniques.
I love the pages from Julie Prichard's class on the RHS - love the color tonings too.
Hope all is well!
Love and hugs,

Purrplekatt said...

Holy cow Teri this journal is gorgeous!!!!!

Benedicte said...

All I can say is Wow, wow wow! You have been busy. So inspiring to be able to gather in one place all the "snippets"! I sure will try to do this. Thank you for a wonderful post!

Eileen Bellomo said...

Teri, it is just wonderful! But I have to say, as fabulous as your photos are, the journal is even more beautiful in person.

Holli said...

Wow Teri, I'm very impressed with your skill and your creativity! Just gorgeous!!

Chris Flynn said...

WOW Teri... this is amazing. I'm so glad I'm on your email list and get your postings right in my box! I love the little water color hydrangea you have in your book. I'm sure you'll finish it this weekend. Lucky Eileen, she got to see it in person. Let me know when you're coming to California! Bring the journal!!
xoxo Chris

Trece said...

Now a see a whole new side of your deep well of creativity!! Your work is gorgeous, and I hope you have an amazing time filling it up!! Give Ally a hug for me!!

Jennifer R.D. said...

OMG Teri-
This is beyond fabulous! I love love love seeing all your
different media experiments in one place.
Just beautiful.
You rock!
Jen oxox

rcscreations said...

Teri, this book is fantastic! Love ALL the art goodies you added's filled with color and beauty! I have a Bind it All and hardly use it...I'm going to have to dig it out and make a book too :-)

jaeartworks said...

LOVE this for soooo many reasons!

Lisa said...

The book itself is so beautiful and I love that you've got snippets from so many of the other projects you've worked on.

Jillayne said...

I love this journal you are creating - so colourful and interesting, with those peeks of other pages.
I am also addicted to summer school and usually take 1 or 2 online classes in something fun and different - kind of makes you feel like a kid again!