In my exploration of book forms, I ran across a movement called "Junk Journals" and decided to make one for myself. (Actually, I will be making 9 of these since they are so much fun and I love the antique look!)
I think the definition of a junk journal is to use whaat you have, rather than go buy expensive pre-printed papers so I looked around and found a set of 9 small (4" x 6") hardback books I had collected almost 30 years go when I was into book collecting. They have been collecting dust on my bookshelf since then so that's the set I started with.
I wanted to make something that looked and felt old so I decided to "tea dye" some papers. I loved the way this process crinkled up the papers as they dried and gave some "heft" to my book. The papers I used were copy paper, newspaper, lined notebook paper, graph paper, brown paper bags, tags, dictionary pages, and papers I printed coupons on from JoAnn and Michaels that I never used.
Some of the pages, I further embellished by using stamp ink on the edges. Others, I left alone.
After ripping out the original pages from the small book, I reinforced the spine with masking tape and colored the edges with a marker to darken it so it blended in better. I then made signatures from the papers I collected and dyed and went to the sewing machine to stitch all the signatures to the spine.
I just kept adding signatures until the book spine was full. Then I covered the inside of the cover with some pages from the old book I had torn up.
All in all, I was very happy with the result!
Now, I'm looking in my bookshelves for more of these small, cute, hardcover books to alter into works of art.
These bags are fast, easy and fun to make! Great for using up your stash and giving as gifts. Christmas is just around the corner (!) so I'm in the process of writing up a pattern for making these in multiple sizes. You can also fill them with lotions, sprays, perfume, liners, shadows, blushes,— whatever — to make this a special gift for families and friends.
Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and type Make-up Bag in the subject line to get my FREE pattern!
I have spent many happy hours in Susan Brooks garage in Lafayette, CO, doing all kinds of surface designs from soy wax resist, immersion dying, eco dying, fabric painting, batik, deconstructed screen printing — basically, any technique that you can think of, Susan can teach you. And she is a FABULOUS instructor.
But what to do with all this original fabric?
It's been sitting on my shelf for some time and then it was summer and sitting on my black scooter seat burned my butt! So, I started looking around for someone who could make me a scooter seat from my own fabric and found her!
Her name is Suzy and her company is called Cheeky Seats. (Don't you love that name?) So, I sent her my fabric and this is what she made. It fit perfectly. I didn't have any lime green fabric to match my scooter so I sent her something neutral. But now, I night have to paint my scooter to match the seat.
Hmmmm. Another internet search is in my future.
If you have made your own fabric, how have you used it? Let me know!
I have to admit I'm now obsessed with wallets. After taking a couple of classes on Craftsy, I decided to create my own pattern.
I go to the beach every year for vacation and needed a wallet to put inside my large beach bag (that holds my towels, sunscreen, iPhone, Kindle, and pockets for collecting shells and other stuff found on the beach!) . I needed a wallet that was waterproof and light & small enough to just handle a door key and a couple of dollars. I found my best material was Trader Joe's $1 shopping bag. Love the colorful illustrations.
So here are two different wallets I made today. Easy peasy. If you want my FREE pattern, email me at email@example.com and I'll be happy to send it send it to you.
I like working in a grid format and after walking around the Cherry Creek Art Festival in Denver, CO yesterday, I see I'm not alone.
Hannah Dreiss & Nemo are two of the many artists that also are attracted to this composition concept — with wonderful results. And affordable!
Made from recycled aluminum cans and hung on nails, any whiff of a breeze, makes these circles shimmer. I loved it. If I didn't ride to the festival on my scooter, I would have been buying one of their pieces to take home.
Check them out at http://artbynemo.com/
I am interested in drawing people as they are living their lives. It's hard to get them in motion because they are walking, talking, shifting their positions every minute. So I take some photos instead and try to draw from those images. It's so interesting to me that no one really cares I'm taking their photo. My iPhone is so less noticeable than my Canon camera with a telephoto lens.
Looking at a photo also helps me see the relationship between people, their limbs, heads, feet, etc. I will sketch these people in my sketchbook tomorrow!
If you have been reading my recent posts, you know I have been intrigued by book-making over the past year. I'm less inspired by binding techniques than I am by what is inside each book.
I think of these as little books as intimate, small works of art, as each spread or page is a unique image, made by me. Given my background in publishing, my past is just catching up with me in a different way.
I don't think mine are up to the standard of being juried into this exhibit but I just might have the audacity to enter one of them in this year's contest. If you have been making books too, or know another book artist, check out this call for entry. Alicia Bailey is a well-known and respected book artist herself and used to own gallery here in Denver.
Click here for the details.
My friend, Judith Cassel-Mamet just published a wonderful workbook designed to spark your creativity and hone your artistic skills. This a workbook that accompanies her first book, Joyful Pages. I am already 1/2 way through doing all the fun suggestions for completing the pages and boy, am I having fun!!! You can order it here
And, if you haven't already bought her first book, you can buy both together. These are very inspirational and are wonderful gift to your friends who want to explore making art.
I was so excited to see that Asheville had buses that stopped at art venues. Until I found out that ART stood for Asheville Rapid Transit. ;-(
Judith and I had great fun making this video. Hope to see you in September!
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a fiber artist and love color and texture!