Sunday, April 19, 2009

art swap



This is an art journal that I made as part of an art swap organised by KiwiCarole at Madness and Mess blog. I filled the journal with many different types of paper and card. The idea was that every page would be a starter prompt for a journaling diary or art journal and would inspire the artist that used the journal.

The cover is another "fabric paper" creation from serviettes. Then there are layers of chiffon and paper and a computer printed image on silk fabric that I did from a photograph of an angel I took at a cemetery and a scan of a painted background that I did. All stitched together with my trusty sewing machine (broke a needle doing this!)



This shows the inside cover and the letter that I wrote to the swap partner explaining my creation. It folds up and goes in the pouch on the inside cover.



This is the back cover made from a vintage board game.








These are a selection of pages from inside the book. Some were scrapbooking papers, some were vintage book pages, some drawing paper and card, old ledger paper, canvas paper...
I was worried that I was making something by hand and then I would never see it again overseas somewhere, so I made an exact duplicate of it at the same time. So I sent one away on my swap and then I kept the other myself. Now I don't know whether to use it or keep it as it is!

8 comments:

Laura Kay said...

Great journal. I say use it! You made it to be loved :)

Margaret said...

Absolutely inspired! what a wonderful mix of textures and patterns, I agree with Laura, this one is to be used!!

Joanie Hoffman said...

What a great journal!
keep it and use it, is my vote.
Happy days,
Joanie
p.s. I really like the new photo.

Kathy said...

Holy moly...this is fantabulous!! Great journal!! Oh...I wish I was the one receiving this terrific piece of work!! And I'm so glad you made one for yourself!! It really is terrific!! And I agree with Laura and Margaret! Use it...it will only become richer and more meaningful!! Great work!!

KnittingJourneyman said...

You have such a terrific talent. Lol-I would have done the same-and would be in the same mess--what to do with it now...

Aimeslee said...

This is gorgeous! Great job! Love the vintage papers.

xoxo

freebird said...

Neat book. I would just sit and look at it for a week or so until it ceased being so much fun and then would start to fill it. You can have your cake and eat it too.

Wild Somerset Child said...

What a lovely idea to make a journal in this way. (Breaking needles is a pain; I use a size 14 or 16 - better - Jeans needle and discard it as soon as it becomes blunt. I stitch first with a long stitch and then over stitch with a shorter stitch; and I use Madeira machine embroidery thread which seems to 'meld' into the paper.)