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  • Journalling Every Day

    In a new effort to inject some discipline into my art making, I’ve joined Lani Gerity’s Morning Pages Daily Art Practice eCourse and am attempting to start journalling every day! But as usual with these things, Im already behind with posting the images, so here goes for a catch up.

    Most Success - Journal Background

    I started by creating this journal background in my recycled journal using acrylic paint, stencils, a coffee creamer seal, a net bag from the grocery shopping, some molding paste and a few homemade stamps

    Fear

    Next I used a photograph of some of the detail from the background (can you spot it?) and added some digital text to it.

    Making the most...

    After reading Soul Mate Dolls: Dollmaking as a Healing Art by Noreen Crone-Findlay, I just had to have a go at making one of her paper dolls. I created her using card, fabric scraps, washi tape and wool, added her to the journal background above with a digital face, then added some digital text to the found text.

    Keep it Simple

    This last image was created in my handmade journal using leftover acrylic paint, a stencil and some digital text. Watch out for more journalling tomorrow!!

    eunice signature

    By on Wednesday August 20th, 2014 at 19:29 in Art Journal 2014, Artistic Ramblings, CED, Digital Art, Morning Pages Daily Art Practice, Stencils - Comments Off on Journalling Every Day

    Hand Made Art Journal

    Phew! – I finally finished my latest project, a hand made art journal!

    Creative Art Journal - 21 Secrets 2013, Joanne Sharpe's Class

    Creative Art Journal - 21 Secrets 2013, Joanne Sharpe's Class

    I started out by following Joanne Sharpe’s class in 21 Secrets 2013. As usual, I didn’t quite follow the instructions! Joanne taught us six embroidery stitches to use on our panels – I used three of them plus two of my own. Our design was supposed to be all embroidery, but I got rather carried away with using Twinkling H2O’s to colour my shapes! While I was busy painting and embroidering my panel, I got a newsletter from Effy Wild which gave me a link to her free Bookbinding course. Well, I had to watch it didn’t I! As a result, the journal I made is a combination of Joanne’s and Effy’s classes with a few of my own little quirks thrown in for good measure.

    Creative Art Journal - 21 Secrets 2013, Joanne Sharpe's Class

    I drew the design for my book panel on some scrap paper then traced it onto calico using a homemade light box (a desk light pointed up through my glass topped coffee table) and a Pitt Artist Pen. I coloured it using a mixture of Twinkling H2O’s over clear gesso and embroidery stitches.

    Creative Art Journal (4) - 21 Secrets 2013, Joanne Sharpe's Class

    After I chose the fabric for my book cover I sat and hand tacked my wadding sandwich together so that it didn’t move about too much when I machine stitched it. I don’t know anything about quilting, but the wadding I bought was really thick, so the only way to make it manageable was to ‘quilt’ it! – I’m sure it’s not the right way to quilt, but I think it turned out alright.

    Creative Art Journal (5) - 21 Secrets 2013, Joanne Sharpe's Class

    Next came the pages for the journal. I started off with five signatures of watercolour paper but decided that wasn’t enough. So I added another six signatures of assorted handmade paper in a variety of sizes. I now had a small problem. Neither of the binding methods suggested would work with my enormous pile of signatures. To make matters even worse I decided to add some spacers between the signatures to allow room for expansion. My spine measured 1.5″ deep! I decided the only thing to do was to sew the signatures together in traditional binding style then somehow attach them to the cover afterwards.

    Creative Art Journal (6) - 21 Secrets 2013, Joanne Sharpe's Class

    I knew how I wanted the finished book to look, but had no idea how to achieve it. Once the signatures were sewn together it was easier to see what I had to do, but the technicalities of it baffled me for a while. After a lot of head scratching I decided the only way to do it would be to sew each signature into the spine individually – no mean feat with them all sewn together! But I did it, and I got the stitching to look the way I wanted it to!! Now I just have to decide what I’m going to use the journal for!

    eunice signature

    By on Tuesday May 28th, 2013 at 12:10 in 21 Secrets 2013, Artistic Ramblings, CED - Comments Off on Hand Made Art Journal