Thursday, March 20, 2014

Artful Journey Travel Diary - Part 3

Hello Dear Blog Readers!
I'm back to share more about my time at An Artful Journey and the wonderful book making techniques I learned with DJ Pettitt leading the way.

Today I'm sharing about some challenges I had before the workshop even took place and I'll be sharing my artful donations for the silent auction fundraiser...

You might want to grab a cup of coffee and a snack! This will be a long post, but full of creative goodness to look at =-)

Prepping paper for book making
Before heading to the retreat, DJ recommended that we prep our pages before arriving so we would have enough time to complete our books. The supply list had the type of paper we should buy and measurements for cutting it but it didn't mention how many sheets we would need so I thought one sheet would be enough.

It wasn't! =\

I have been operating on limited funds for some time so buying another sheet of paper was not an option, but after a few email inquires to DJ, I thought I would use an old watercolor painting found among my grandmothers things and I began to deliberately and judiciously tear the painting for book pages...


The painting is an interesting one, with a color palette I liked so I began to decide just how and where to cut it to use for my book pages - I cut from the side of the painting...


...and I cut from the bottom...


This is what remains of the painting until I cut the rest to make another book...


When I showed these pages to DJ, she loved them and was struck with my idea for recycling the watercolor paintings! There are so many watercolor paintings in my grandmother's old portfolio that there isn't enough wall space to hang them, but I knew that they could be cut into book pages for future book projects, as I've done with this book project!

Since I had already purchased some paints for this workshop, I knew my color palette would be a fall color palette, which is a favorite color scheme I like to work with.

I did not shoot as many photos during my work process, as I have done during past retreats, but here are some shots I took with my camera or my iPad - some of these were already shared on my Facebook page, so if you've seen some of these photos before, just bear with me!

We began with one of DJ Pettitt's photos of a raven, which was glued to the canvas board...

While the glued photo was drying, we began to paint our pages in various ways, using different tools to create TEXTURE, which I love!

We then began to paint around the bird to create the background for him...

We also began to add some collage elements for our pages...

I now have a background for my black bird!

Painting more pages as my front and back covers are drying...

My bird is painted and resting on a tree branch. DJ thought my bird was watching the sunset and the back cover was the sunset turning to night sky - I liked that idea!

My book is in the fabric assembly process now!

With help from my fellow classmates, my fabric spine, book cover 'linings' and 'signature wrap' look REALLY pretty! I had brought some scraps, but not quite large enough for covering the inner book covers, and not quite enough for scrapping a fabric collage with colors I used for the painted book covers...and I am someone who tends to color-coordinate a LOT!

I also didn't bring any rubber stamps or inks with me, since many of them were still packed away, but one of my fabulous classmates was kind enough to share some of her stamps and inks with me. Here is a peek at one of my stamped pages:


I am working on photographing all of my book from cover to cover, page by page, which I will share at the end of my 'travel diary', which I need to complete soon before I begin to add more collage and stamping to my book!

Fundraiser Donations
Nearly every year there is a fundraiser for the Presentation Center and I have donated something almost every year there has been a fundraiser, so this year was no exception...

I finished a book project to donate and began a few other book projects for donation. Here is a peek at my book offerings for the silent auction:

One of my Shabby Scrap Journals, completed in time to donate for a good cause! You can see more of this book by checking out this blog post...

I finally found the button I planned to use to adorn this book tie, just a day or two before leaving for the retreat!

A pair of recycled box books from one Cheez-It box, begun after watching an inspiring YouTube video - each book closes differently...

...One closes with an elastic band, the other closes with a tab utilized from the box top!

A little decorative button adds a little charm to the elastic band closure...

A very special book made just for the auction - a foldout book of photos from previous retreats featuring special locations in and around the Presentation Center...



There were many wonderful items for the auction and they brought in over $800 for the Presentation Center! I am glad that I helped to bring in some of that money...

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Soon, I'll be sharing one of the events at the retreat - the Artist Collaborative Painting! There is also Sunday Snippets coming, so be sure to stay tuned for more creative goodness!


1 comment:

Kathryn Hansen said...

love your journals Monica...the shabby scrap one is my favorite! don't know if it's the colors or fabrics or the way you put it all together...who ever bid on it got a wonderful piece of art!