Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Layered Houses


I finally finished my collage house concertina style book. 

It opens up showcasing houses patched together 
with bits and pieces of my decorated paper. 

It can be displayed completely open so you can see its whole story,
or so you can see each two page spread. 

I am still not sure what the stories are of these little houses, 
but I am sure that they were inspired by my recent trip to Cuba
where I loved the aged beauty of the buildings.

 They seemed to have layers and layers of stories.  

 I started the layering of this piece by tea staining the watercolour paper 
and then drawing patterned lines on it.  

I added acrylic paint to the background, and the lines almost disappeared.  
I made the houses and moved them around many times before they found their final resting place.  

In the end the torn tear drop shapes were not part of the inside pages.

The covers are made of book board covered with painted black paper. 
The front cover has this little house.....

while the back is decorated with the torn tear drop shapes.

And to give you the scale of this piece - here I am holding the finished book. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Houses Being Built

I am busy building houses out of the hand decorated paper I shared in my last post.  
My hope was to have the whole piece completed by now,
..... but I am not quite there yet.  

I also learned that painting/decorating parchment paper is not the best idea.  
The paint likes to peel off too easily and it is a bit of a challenge to work with.

  I seem to be unable to locate deli wrap either locally or online (without outrages shipping charges) - and so will continue my search for a thin and sturdy yet okay priced paper to decorate and use in my collages.  

Update - I found some deli paper that I can purchase and ship for a reasonable price and I am excited to get it and give it a try! 

I will share the finished piece as soon as I can.  

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Decorated Paper

I have been in a creative slump for quite some time it seems
and although I have no idea where this project is going,
I decided to decorate some paper today. 

So I used some tissue paper, parchment paper and thin pieces of brown paper
painted them white or black and stamped on them. 

The plan is to use them to collage with - but time will tell.....
hopefully tomorrow dawns with some creative inspiration
 or perhaps I will just meander until the creativity arrives.  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Refillable Notebooks

Just finished two little soft covered notebooks. 
They are decorated with tea bags and my hand carved stamps.

They have 3 signatures of paper that I stitched on my machine. 
These signatures are removable - so when the pages are filled up,
you can just insert a new set of pages. 

Life is so busy these days, that I don't seem to have much creative time. 
I really enjoyed making these..... 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Finally Finished

I started this book quite some time ago
It has many layers of paint, ink, collage, pencil.
And yes - I showed you the covers some time ago.

But it took me a long time to get around to finishing it off. 

I am going to be teaching a course on making
these style of journals at a Arts Underground in Whitehorse

And this little but fat journal was made from the leftover bits
from the big journal making project. 

I love when one project inspires another project. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2017 Weekly Journal

I made a new journal at the beginning of  2017.
I decorated the front and back covers with scribble drawings. 

Inside there are enough pages to make one spread per week for 2017

Here is week 2 completed

and week 3 completed

and the beginning of week 4 (January 23 - 29).
I start the page by gluing a few things down, and then write and decorate
 a bit each day - finishing the page on the Sunday of each week.

Hopefully I make it through all 52 weeks 
and share some here throughout the year.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Side Tracked

Today I had every intention of finishing this project.

A journal making project that started about two weeks ago.

The covers progressed

And the spine and pages were supposed to be added today.

BUT..... I got side tracked

And a little concertina style book showed up instead. 

Hopefully I will get the journal bound tomorrow
......that is if I don't get side tracked by something else.