Sunday, May 6, 2007
Just a quick disclaimer: I have no monetary interest in promoting Bautista's book, Collage Unleashed. I don't know Traci, have never met her, and didn't even know who she was before I picked up her book. I'm crazy about the book, though, not necessarily for the projects (although those are fun, and every time I read it I unearth little nuggets buried everywhere), but because it has led me to some of the most spontaneous, freeing art creation in my life. You move quickly in projects like paper-towel monoprints; it's hard to overthink it, and the instant gratification fuels my desire to create even more.
At any rate, I now had a fabulous canvas/painted fabric bag, and some leftover fused pieces. Traci also has ideas for creating handmade journals in her book, so I gathered up some of those papers I had been painting and stamping and cut them down to create signatures for the journal. I sewed the signatures into a cover I made with the leftover painted fabric. I added fibers, ribbon, & embellishments on the spine, and a lampworked bead to the front as a clasp (I attached a cord loop on the back to wrap around the bead).
I love this little journal, and the only thing I might do differently next time is to use copies of my paper as journal pages. Not only did I use up most of my painted paper, but the acrylic is difficult to write on. I have to use a gel pen (although colored pencils work well for drawings).