Here's a picture of the raccoon that visited my birdfeeder to fill the space between this text and the photos of the journal I made.
|cute little stinker, isn't he?|
So I hemmed and hawed over whether I should buy a blank journal or try to make one. I love to make books, but my bookbinding skills might not stand up to 21 trips across the country. A purchased journal would be sturdy, but impersonal. I could decorate the cover of the purchased journal, but still, I like handmade. I finally decided to alter this really cool book that I found in a thrift store. It was published in 1975 and is full of the most hideous/groovy pictures. It's a 5-ring binder so it's got loads of room for painted/collaged/embellished pages.
The theme of my book is "risk" and here's the pages I made for it. I won't include pictures of my introduction or the inside front cover - gotta leave a few surprises!
I had made this green paper collage as a possible cover for the book, but it just wasn't working for me. I had way more fun mucking up the cover with paint. But the collage was full of yummy handpainted papers so I decided to turn it into another journal page for the book:
I mailed it off to Connecticut on Monday. I can't wait to see what arrives in MY mailbox!
We are supposed to pass it
by the 20th of each month, after keeping it for 2 weeks, so in theory my book will return to me in 10 or 11 months, full of art from all these wonderful artists all over the world! How cool is that?