Tuesday, August 31, 2010

pastels again

It is possible that I own every set of pastels made!  I don't know for sure but there is a good chance of it.  I got pretty good coverage with these Stampin Up pastels.  I also tried my sister's suggestion of using a baby wipe to apply them.  It works great!  Thanks sis!

Monday, August 30, 2010

more pastels

Here is another journal page started with pastels.  Unfortunately, you can't really see the shimmer in this picture.  I didn't get the same vivid color as with the Pan Pastels.  Maybe I should add another layer of color.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

pan pastels

I wasn't going to buy them.  It was really easy to have self control when no one in the area sold them.  But now Curry's is carrying Pan Pastels and I really do love pastels.  I love the way they blend so I did it.  I purchased a five pack.  I think I can live without buying ALL the colors but I will NEED to get a few more colors.  I think I need to buy some more of the tools as well.  The tools really do help to blend the pastels nicely.

Friday, August 27, 2010

hot and sparkly!

I am really enjoying my hot summer journal!  I added some sparkly sequins to these two pages!  Don't you just the glitz!  Some people might call it garish.  I call it fun!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

more hot stuff

Here are a couple of more journal pages from my hot journal.  I used transparencies on each of the pages.  I really enjoy playing with transparencies!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

just experimenting with silk pods

I mentioned in an earlier post that I scored a ton of silk pods.  Many of them are colors that I would not normally use in my art.  I decided to see if I could change color to make them more useful to me.  The ones pictured above started off yellow, you can see a tuft of yellow sticking out of the one at 6 o'clock.  I used Adirondac Color Wash in terra cotta to color these.  It worked really well.  I watered it down a bit to get a gradation of color.  That's hard to tell from this picture but it does work.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The inside of the journal

Here's a few pictures of the inside of my animal skin journal.   It's my take on a 'Remains of the Day' journal.  I haven't taken the workshop but I've seen enough of them on youtube to know how to do one.  I really enjoyed using my sewing machine to stitch everything together.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

a new journal

This is the cover of a new journal I am making.  I used a padded mailing envelop as the base.  I machine stitched different animal print fabrics to both sides of the envelop.  I think this makes a great cover and I really enjoyed making it. 

Sunday, August 15, 2010

small journals

We made these two small journals in Sandra's workshop yesterday.  The orange one is a simple pamphlet stitch.  The other a concertina journal.  They were quick and easy to make as Sandra had all the paper cut and folded for us.  We just had to join or stitch it together.  Unfortunately I did not get my larger journal stitched together.  I started to but it was too fiddly. I will have be in the proper frame of mind to mind to accomplish that task.

Friday, August 13, 2010

back cover finished

I didn't have the time or the patience to do the back cover the same way I did the front cover.  I did some needle felting and then attached it to the plastic canvas.  Now I am ready for the final workshop tomorrow.  I'm sad that the workshops are finished.  They have been so much fun!  I will post pictures of the completed journal in a day or two.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I got the front cover finished

I really like it!  The picture is actually a bit washed out.  The colors are more vibrant than the picture is showing.  I don't think there is time to do the same for the back cover so possibly I will do some needle felting and attach it to the plastic canvas.  That's the plan unless I come up with a better idea.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

learning new things

I have to say that it is not often that I learn new things at a workshop.  That probably sounds arrogant.  I don't mean it to.   I am making a journal cover with plastic canvas.  I have never worked with plastic canvas before this.  I am stitching small pieces of fabric to the canvas.  I really like the look but it is a bit tedious and time consuming.  I will persevere though as I really want to get it finished for the next workshop with\Sandra.  We will be binding our journals together and I really need to have a cover finished.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

bead journal project for August

I started by making the base fabric.  It has silk, dryer sheet, fancy yarns, threads, sheer fabric, hand painted fabric,fancy fabrics, glitter and paper in it.  I used a watered down glue to hold it all together.  I cut this piece from the larger piece that I created.  It's hard to tell but there are some gaps and holes in this piece that I quite like.
I think the beading adds nicely to it.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not difficult to to needle through this fabric.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

everything can be made better with beads!

I don't know why I didn't think of the beads yesterday.  I am glad I thought of it today though.  I think they make the cover better. 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

hot hot hot

It was an extremely hot day today and I was feeling the need for an art project that I could complete in one day.  I have been enjoying some youtube videos on 'Remains of Day' journals.  They inspired me to create the above journal.  I have so many papers that it was easy to go through my stash and find some hot colored ones that suited this day.  I also went through my painted fabrics and found some for the cover.  The fabric I used for the tie closure is from Little India in Toronto.  I couldn't resist it when I saw it but I didn't know what I how I would use it.  That is often the case when I buy things but you only regret when you don't buy those things that speak to you, right!

Monday, August 2, 2010

digging through the mounds of paper

I came across these fun little pieces while looking through my stuff. I thought I would post them today as I don't really have anything new to show right now.  I did these pieces in Jacqueline Sullivan workshop a while ago.  I like them, I was hoping they would fit with the art journal I'm working on right now but they don't.  Actually, I don't know if they will ever fit with my work.  Oh well.