I don’t have it finished yet – but I’m making pretty good progress on my Artist’s Journal. I was inspired by Ro Bruhn. She does amazing things with fabric and paper. I’ve also been inspired by Judy Wise (who I’m taking a cold wax workshop from in mid-May).
I decided to use my eco-dyed fabrics and papers and to keep with a more neutral palette. I love the embroidery work and embellishment that I have been doing. Some of it is just random, freeform shapes. Other parts are embroidered words reflecting things that are going on in my life.
You make these ‘signatures’ – which are like little booklets of 8-12 papers inside a fabric cover. After making several of these signatures, you sew them into a book. I haven’t done that part yet as I plan to make 3-5 signatures and right now I only have one finished. I’m using my finished signature as an actual journal though. I started this month (on my birthday!) and have been writing something every day. If you go to Judy’s blogsite – you can see how she journals and does mixed media work to her journal entries. I’m not quite that organized – I plan to go back and do some more mixed media work to my journal pages but right now I want to get the actual book finished.
I might not actually sew the signatures into the book until after we return from our holiday later this year. My thought is to get at least one more signature finished to take with me. I probably could make this signature pretty basic as I’ll have ephemera from our trip to add into it (similar to my travel journal 2 years ago).
Here’s some of what I have finished so far: