Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Journals to the People: White Orchid

Getting this journal ready to send out to consignment at Nevermore Creations Marketplace.
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
92 pages front and back

The cover is a piece of mixed media art based on a 12" x 8 1/2" sheet of decorative scrapbook paper layered with collage, paint, stenciling and texture paste. There are 2 layers of cardstock plus a layer of Tykek along the spine for support.

There's a lot of collage through out.

Plenty of room to write, draw, and glue more stuff down.

I included 3 of my 100 Day Project notecards. 

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Journals to the People: All Over the Map... eclectic junk journal

This is a re- purposed Readers Digest book. The cover has been decoupaged with decorative collage tissue and sealed with acrylic matte spray.
This is my first attempt at creating a hidden spine.
The dimensions are 7 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 1 1/2"
116 pages front and back
3 signatures
It's a fatty
Tim Holtz and Stamperia scrapbook papers
A mash-up of digital prints
Hand dyed paper ( tea, coffee & avocado)
Several pieces of collaged ephemera and hand drawn botanical doodles

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Reflecting on a Year of Lockdown


I was feeling creatively stuck this morning and spent way too long watching YouTube videos without my usual habit of making something along with. At one point I was looking for something in my photo gallery and found myself scrolling through photos of some of the junk journals I’ve made over the last year.
These photos represent a mash up of different books, in no particular order. I collect them here as a reminder to myself of what a creatively rich year I have had and when I’m feeling uninspired I can look to my own work and not feel like I have to reinvent the wheel with every make.
These are all journals that were sent off to an online consignment shop where someone who is not a friend or relative saw them and bought them.
I started making junk journals about 2 years ago when I made a book for my niece who was expecting her first baby.
Within the Junk Journal community and the various Facebook groups I follow, there is frequently the debate that using the term Junk Journal diminishes their artistry. 
I love the term because it allows me the freedom to play and create a hot mess if the journey takes me there.

I used to call my early books “Trainwreck Journals” and still try to go back and revisit the concept splashing ink and paint down throughout a freshly bound book. 
I’ve made over 200 journals in 2 years. That includes everything from mini notebooks to repurposed books to handmade hardcover, multi signature books.
I love collage and mixed media.
I learned how to do Eco-printing
I’m trying to use more fabrics and textiles within the books. What’s ironic here that after a career in costume design and a lifetime of sewing, I struggle with adding fibers and textiles. It feels like too much, too fussy, yet I’ve seen some real beauties out there in Facebook/YouTube land.

...and the most epic of all this past year was getting my iPad Pro and trying to learn Procreate. This crazy owl was a digital experiment resulting from a series of watercolors I created for my niece and baby great-nephews room.

All in all. It was a pretty good year.