Can I just tell you again how happy I am that I took Diana Trout's long-stitch journal class? I feel like I've mastered the basics, and no longer need to refer to the instructions, and now I'm ready to branch out, try new things, and learn new bindings.
Here are are few of the journals I made and gave as gifts.
I decided I wanted to stitch the cover of this one after I had bound it. Picture me feeding the book into the sewing machine and realizing the stitches won't go all the way across because the spine gets in the way. Let's just pretend that was an artistic decision, shall we?
The reason I wanted to stitch the cover is because the paper was extra long and I realized I could fold it over into a pocket rather than trimming it.
I love pockets.
This next one was a Christmas gift for my steampunk loving artist niece.
Half of the pages are nice drawing paper, half are water color paper.
I can't wait to see what she creates in it.
I remembered to stitch this cover before binding it, but I didn't plan the cover well enough to have pocket flaps. It does have a cool hand charm on the spine, however.
This third one has dried ferns from my yard collaged into the paper-cloth. It took about a billion layers of gloss medium to keep them from cracking through, but I ended up liking the shininess of the cover so much that I even rubbed on some gold paint. It's kind of shimmery.
One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year is this table top photo studio that my sweetie gave me. Our house is incredibly dark and it's hard to photograph things that are too big or too lumpy for my scanner. I'm often dragging my art outside to try and photograph it in natural light. (you can imagine how much fun that is in the snowy New England winters).
This little set up solves that problem.
I'm still learning the most effective places to put the lamps and tips for improving my photography skills, but already I love it. And the best part is that it folds right up into it's own little pouch so it's not taking up premium real estate in the studio.
What kinds of wonderful art gifts did you get for Christmas?