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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Greetings Readers!

I've surfaced :) At least for a moment...

The other day I HAD to cut AND glue AND fold AND stitch AND paint AND stamp...SO, I finally have the visual journal I've been working in into a book form! Yes, I admit it...until now I've simply been working on the pages with no cover or binding of any kind ;-)

But first - LOOK!- a cloudy sky over the Blue Cottage - clouds that RAIN fell from and more promised! Yes, REAL WEATHER again in southern California have no idea how AMAZING this is, unless of course you live in southern California :)

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this JOURNAL is non-perishable
At least I hope it's non-perishable :)
And, yes, that is ME in the photo on the cover - I was three or four and the photo was taken on the beach in Santa Barbara, California. To transfer this photo to my cover I made a photocopy of the original photo and used clear caulking as my transfer medium.
The covers of the journal are made from a recycled US Priority Mail box that I cut to size and coated with a few layers of gesso before I began painting, gluing, etc. to give it a bit more strength and allowing it to take a beating!

The inside of the covers were gessoed, painted and collaged creating a weathered and worn look and feel.

Some pages are completed - other's not so much :)

Inside of back cover...gessoed, painted and collaged.

The journal fanned out (I made 4 signatures with 6 pages each).

Front and Back of journal - sewn in coptic stitch using various colors of waxed linen thread.
This journal was made completely from items I had on hand or items I could recycle.

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  • At 1:16 AM , Anonymous marita said...

    looking at this hand made journal on this freezing friday valley morning i am just amazed about the work you're putting into these colorful warm tinted pages.
    the collages and stitches are so well done.
    don't have a clue how to create these altered books. love it!

    than again there is that comfort, someday on a sun drenched terrace of a tiny villa, somewhere in southern france dressed up with a table, wine, baguette and cheese next to paint and brushes... learning and painting along with you!! ;))

  • At 5:12 PM , Anonymous PlumCrafty said...

    Jolene, your journal looks amazing and I expect no less of you after all those lovely pages you have been drip feeding us with. :D

    I just love the covers and you are so talented to be able to bind it as well.


  • At 11:08 PM , Blogger tongue in cheek said...

    altered journals, work of art, feelings deep with in, wonderful design! Thanks for sharing!
    How many have you made?

  • At 11:20 PM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    marita: ah, but is not 'work' when you love what you are doing :) No one can take our dream away of creating art together in the south of day!

    plumcrafty Kate: 'drip feeding' ...ha ha ha...leave it to you!

    tongue in cheek Corey: I am only just learning how to stitch up books and have made about a half dozen to date...I still feel like I am in the 'practice' mode...but gaining a little more confidence with each one.

    Thank You - ALL of you - for such kind words and positive feedback! xox

  • At 8:26 AM , Anonymous mary Ann said...

    YA YA YA YA YA YA YA 100% fan.f*cking.tastic

  • At 11:13 PM , Blogger One Love Photo said...

    Very Nice! Oh I think I need to run off and glue something now!


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