Wednesday, June 29, 2011

More Summer Journal 2011

Now that in our house it is officially summer...the Summer Journal has began. I start it the day the kids are out of school and can you believe it (?) our last day of school was Monday June 27th!! So, now I can show several pictures from what I created for our 10th Anniversary of this family tradition.  Please go to my Flickr to see many images of the stitched pages, or should I say collaged pages.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have many summer activities where you might get a chance to document one way or another!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Summer Journal 2011 - 10th Anniversary

Hello friends. Well, I'm almost finished with the construction of the 
Summer Journal 2011   10th Anniversary Edition.
 I decided to go with a mix of greens for my fabrics and other relative embellishments.
Here is a glimpse of the outside cover. More is coming, but for now you can see a bit more on my Flickr.
If you didn't know by now, I'm a carefree quilter and I just go with the flow of  hand or machine quilting and the embellishments get the same treatment. I am pleased with my normal wonk of creating things. Notice the green beads stitched with coral floss, it looks like rows of vegetation of some or vegetables. My son stitched the two (get the magnifying glass) coral stars as his contribution. At least he was sweet and cooperative in the process. He did another, with a shimmery thread...I'll save that grand reveal for another post...
Thanks for stopping by go see my Artist Profile interview on the Sketchbook Challenge Blog. 
And too could create one of these quilted beauties with my
Quilted Collage Journal tutorial (ePattern)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Collage Journal Therapy

Collage journal therapy is what I experience when I want to commemorate the ending of a project and release any leftover energy from this creation. 
After finishing up my first E-pattern for my Quilted Collage Journal,
 I reserved some scraps of the fabric I used when quilting the outside and the papers on the inside. I opened up a page in my Moleskine journal and collaged a journal page  for posterity. 
Of course, there were so many scraps and it only took a few to fill a journal page. Since I am always working on more than one journal at a time, this page also received a swash of paint from another journal page, and this was simply by unloading the residual paint left on the brush before cleaning it. 
..... this is a picture of the Quilted Collage Journal

The page started with the pink paint, and I knew that would be the right page, of my several working journals, to hold a collage of my Quilted Collage Journal remnants. I saved many pieces of fabric and paper I used in the creating of my tutorial. You can see the  paper strip on the left was stitched on, this was used to test certain stitches before committing them to the quilted cover, or elsewhere on pages. Using the left over gel medium that I had adhered all the remnants with, I unloaded that brush onto the top of some of the patterned paper to make transfers. You can see those adhered on the bottom right. Next came some gesso to balance the tone of the page. Moleskine's have a beige page that sometimes need covering up.  
I then added more accent color, green metallic acrylic ink, a journaling tag, stamping...of course, and then finished my words. Now I must say that with this being the last page in my Moleskine, it was showing the side effects of a well loved journal. The book block eventually gave away from the spine. I can fix that...... just another handy use for gel medium. All you collage artist know what I'm talking about.
Thanks for stopping by.  Remember I love comments and please follow for more great paper and fabric inspirations to come.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Welcome the First Day of Summer

I want to welcome in the first day summer for all you web friends out there. Since this is the 10th Anniversary of my  very own Summer Journal I wanted to be sure you know I am underway with the special 10th edition. I know I made one for my sample of my E-pattern the Quilted Collage Journal which you could easily make too. Or you could make it a garden journal, it's never too late. My personal one for my family is still in the works. Hey my goal is to have it finished when the kids are officially out of school and after this past winter that means next Monday. Geesh. But my promise to you visitors is to have images of it within days. So check back and in the mean time go see my Flickr for more Summer Journal ideas. Or you can see a few of my Summer Journals in Jane Davies' new book Adventures in Mixed Media: Collage, Stitch, Fuse, and Journal Your Way to a More Creative it here
Happy Summer!

Pathway Pages from my Art Journal

A special thank you to all of you who have shown support with my new 
After realizing that we're halfway through the month and wanting to participate more in the Sketchbook Challenge, I got busy with their theme for June, "pathways".  I wanted some ideas to come organically and then looked back on some pages from earlier this month, then I noticed they were already along the theme of pathways.  Hmmm...thank you Universe. The above shot shows more of a hill side pathway. Below I was building a city scape with left over papers from the Quilted Collage Journal I had just finished. Accented with gouache and and a black watercolor pencil. I certainly created some pathways here.
Next is a page made from a scrap on far right, that came from an artisan bread I received as a gift and since I adore blues and browns. 
 Then I drew pathways of painted lines where my writing would go. When looking at this I noticed how my words on my journal pages always seem to create their own pathways. Painted or drawn lines give an easy landing place for words. Sometimes I fill the lines with large words or squeeze in many....all depending on what I have to say at the time.  
The next page below was stamped out with "pathways" in mind. I had a little leftover gesso another collage and decided to use it by stamping a pattern in a pathway along a blank page in one of my journals. This journal was made by my daughter as a Mother's Day gift and has many different types of paper in the binding. The page on the left is plain printer paper which is tricky to try to watercolor on, but after I stamped and clear embossed the paper dolls I played with purple watercolor. Sorry for the poor color of the pictures, the page on the left is lavender. You can refer to the above picture and you see the same lavender page on the right.
Okay, now I really have to apologize for this next shot, I didn't check the shot before moving on, but you get the idea. I simply painted swirly lines all along the horizon of the page in yellow gouache. 
Now you can see better, the way I created pathways with my words.

 I guess I have always been doing this with my journaling and I can't resist noticing the metaphor of 'writing pathways' of our lives. The paths we've been on, the paths we are on and the ones we are making. But I also appreciate the pathways created with my artistic journey.

BTW there a many very cool images on the Sketchbook 
Challenge Flickr.  Go see here

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Well it has been one week after announcing my new E-tutorial.  If you have not seen it than please
click on over to my Etsy shop to check it out.
Quilted pockets, embellished pages..... 
Well it is just a fantastic coming together of mixed media.
Share the love and tell all your friends.

Now let's get summer started. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Announcing My New Quilted Collage Journal, E-Patten for Download

I am so pleased to launch my first E-book, Tutorial PDF,

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Summer Journal. As many of you know my Summer Journal is kind of a big deal in my house and this summer I will be making the tenth one. So, in honor of this cool summer tradition and to inspire anyone into making their own  gorgeous Quilted Collage Journal, I am offering this fabulous PDF in my Etsy shop. It really is fabulous. Take a look.
This quilted journal is so awesome and I just can't say it any
clearer than that. Luscious quilted fabric collage, quilted pockets inside the book mixed media pages complete
with stamping, painting and more stitches.
Embroidered, beaded, quilted pocket. (below)
 Another quilted pocket with paper flowers and buttons 
The Inside cover is quilted too. It just doesn't get any better than this. 
Embellished pages

The finished journal measures about 8x11. It starts from a watercolor paper pad that gets fully utilized in the whole process of making this journal. With your basic sewing knowledge this tutorial will show you the ease and and carefree fun of creating this lovely collage quilted book. Whenever I teach this class, the students always LOVE their finished books. If you love to explore mixed media with fiber and paper then this project is for you. It is an "Embellishers dream" because the opportunity to add more is on every page.

 This is just the beginning of  me sharing this project with you, I plan on talking about this all summer. 
Consider yourself warned, besides more cool pictures are on their way here soon. 

So please, tell all your friends, family, friends of friends, friends of family, family of friends. One and all.
There are quilters and crafters all over, so whoever you may know please pass it on. 
Thanks for your enthusiasm and please leave me a comment. 
 I would love to hear from you. And if you Follow this blog or my Twitter you can keep up with more updates. It is going to be a fun summer.
Now if you will excuse me I have to go make the real life Summer Journal for my family. Yeah, I know what your thinking.  Would you believe my family said the same thing?  "You mean this is not the family's 2011 Summer Journal?" No I made this particular beauty solely for the E-Pattern. 
 I'm thinking of sage greens for this year's journal......hmmm? 
Check back soon.  

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