Life continues to be a bit bumpy outside the studio this year. But once the door is closed I am managing to still get something done.
I have a couple of new big projects simmering, berehinia is going to finally get some content. Thanks to my journals this year I finally settled on imagery for this book. Here are a couple of sneak peeks – first I tore down the paper for the signatures and added some random stamping and paint.
Next I added some lino prints
Then some hand stamped text and machine sewing, because I love those threads
Planning on adding more layers, marks and of course some embroidery. But with 31 signatures in the binding it is slow going.
I am also still journalling away. I still have a few days of the 30 day journal to finish, and I am managing to stay on track with the DLP prompts. Here’s a few images from my journals
Really trying to add some color!
And pile on the layers
And use up stuff I have had for ages like these flowers.
None of these are my typical style, but it is fun playing at being someone else sometimes!
Well the real world calls. More catch up posts tomorrow.
Today I was at a great symposium in Rochester – I met all kinds of amazing people and my little brain is all revved up with new schemes and possibilities. Then when I got home I discovered that one of my art idols – Lisa Sonora (creative genius behind the creative entrepreneur which CHANGED MY LIFE!) featured one of my journal pages on her blog. Yep – Life is good. Today was an EXCELLENT day to be an artist.
As was the case last year, a lot of stuff is coming up as I begin my year with a period of intense journaling. The word WILD chose me this year. If you are not a regular reader of my blog you may not know that I can be too detail oriented and that I am habitually drawn to complex, slow and large projects. What my art journals give me is a place to make a spontaneous mess.
As I have been journaling this year I have been trying to find my way back to a less mundane and more magical center. Strangely what has come out of that journey this week is my reluctance to let myself use many of the beautiful papers in my studio for something that is just for me, as if I am not worthy. So I gave myself permission to grab ANYTHING this week, and so my spreads have an air of abundance and luxury (to me anyway).
Here are some step out images of my documented life spread for this week, which was supposed to use gesso.
First I covered the whole spread in my used book journal with gesso.
Then I used some doilies as stencils, then I pasted the now painted doilies over the top, along with some scraps of the lovely textured paper I used on the covers of the book in the last post. I dry brushed some black paint over the page, then sprayed with a homemade gold alcohol ink and let that run.
Then I added another layer of Gesso to push the whole thing back and subdue it enough to journal on, but wasn’t really happy. So I started layering on more lovely paper from the studio.
There was a long quote I wanted to use, so I printed it out and then sewed it with my machine to one of the pages, this is ridiculously trick when sewing into an already bound book!
Lastly I added the Mary Shelley quote that was thus week’s prompt and the inspiration for this cobbled together gothic mess. Then I journaled on the page.
Inspired by the freedom of this page my 30 day journal pages have a similar feel and use many of the same materials and techniques.
I feel as if I am finding my way back home this week. A big thanks to the Art 5 ladies and Lisa Sonora for putting together these FREE adventures that are taking my feet back home to my muse.
Today is my birthday – another year gone by – but FINALLY I can say – she is finished – yes! A Woman’s Work is finally done! I finished the sewing earlier this week, but was stumped on the covers – I opted for a textured but plain paper, as there is already a lot going on with this book. I snapped some quick pictures with my phone – she has a date with a real photographer later this week. Really, I can’t believe this two year project has finally ended, (unless I change my mind about those covers – it could happen).
It began with this idea during my residency at TLC.
and then I started collecting the LISTS
poor book – still in progress – will I ever finish?
the book block ready to sew
and FINALLY all done!
except – a woman’s work is NEVER done
bottom of the block showing all the lovely strings
and the cover – hmmm still not sure
I want to give a huge thank you to Turkey Land Cove for the residency where this project was born, and to all the brave women who shared their to-do lists with me. This project had a LOT of help, and much encouragement from many of my readers & friends – THANK YOU everyone! Next up – snowflake bindings & a serious windfall of maple leaves!
Starting off my new year on a very happy note! A artist I met through the DLP Facebook page asked me to do a guest post about my first art journal spread of 2015 on a new mixed media blog. You can find it here. Of course if you read my post earlier it will be a bit repetitive, but it is so FUN to be invited to post someplace else!