Sunday, August 3, 2008
process and progress
i've been working on my journal this week... organizing, printing out photos, making pockets, putting eyelets on pages, etc. it's a lot more work than i thought it'd be! i'm winging it since i don't have an overall vision for the finished book, and this is the first time i've made anything like this. i seem to be using a lot of browns and going for the antique-i-fied look, which i like but it quickly becomes boring, and well, very brown. so i've been experimenting with ways to color it up while still keeping it more or less neutral. the cover of the book is old (of course) and a beigey brown -- maybe that's why i'm going for the old look?
anyway, i printed out my favorite pics from last month and glued them onto 4" x 6" deckle edge watercolor paper -- front and back, then added eyelets for binding later.
the shasta lilies pressed between wax paper. i am LOVING pressing stuff between wax paper. no matter what kind of journal i decide to do next, it'll have room for stuff pressed between wax paper. i'm also enjoying using masking tape with abandon. any excuse, i'll use it.
a rose of sharon blossom and an oak leaf. i stitched on both of these pages, which is more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
a darkish picture of the pocket i made to hold the pebbles. i put gussets in it so it would hold plenty.
the pocket that holds last month's paintings and misc. stuff. it was a red letter month for blue jay feathers, so i tied them into a bundle and put them here.
the book is this thick now... yeah, i love that!
another sunset... everything is beginning to get quite dry and brown. compare this pic to the one below, which was taken in may.
the tallest cairn that i've built in the creek. i must've taken 50 pictures of it, but they never seemed to turn out. finally, one i like! the top three rocks are from a beach near port townsend, WA, and this person helped me carry them back to the car...
do you recognize this?! yep, just plain 'ol beautiful blue sky. i took it a few days ago while sitting in the creek. i decided last week after driving through miles and miles of smoke that if i was gonna make a sign it'd simply say~
i heart blue sky.