I'm taking a Daisy Yellow online course called: Groovy Grunge. You can move through the lessons at your own pace and there's also a Facebook group for sharing your art or asking questions -super! I really enjoy the Daisy Yellow Workshops. Today I picked up my art journal . . .Read More
Detail of one of the pages I've been working on . . . I've been continuing to work in a couple of Altered books under the guidance of Tammy Garcia and her "Novel Approach" online workshop. I really like how she has presented the course, building skills & inspiring ideas as we go. Plus, I love the fact that it is truly, a work-at-your-own pace class . . .Read More
I am enjoying moving through the lessons at my own pace and practicing skills I am not adept at yet via the Novel Approach Workshop.Read More
There's something quite inspiring about someone else showing me things to do in a medium I've worked in before. I am trying all kinds of things I have never done before and enjoying in immensely.Read More
Ahh, it feels good to dive in! Today I was able to start prepping the 2 books I had chosen for Tammy Garcia's Novel Approach online course. This course is about art journaling and acrylic paint techniques done in a hardback book, altering it. I love it! . . .Read More
I'm taking an Altered Book Art Journaling course with Tammy Garcia called Novel Approach. I've only just started, but highly recommend it. I have also done Tammy's paper prompts and ICAD challenges -so much fun! One of the things Tammy requested we do to get started was to collect items that appealed to us and create a collage out of some of them . . . saving some things for our pages later . . .Read More
Jewels picked the French Willow and a corresponding quote that I really like . . .
Who so loves believes the impossible.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Today, I got my photographs labeled, resized and uploaded. The slideshow below shows Sharon's book as if you are flipping through it in real life. You'll see both of our altered artwork sprinkled throughout her book. My own altered book that we have also been working on collaboratively is with Sharon now and whenever she is ready and has time to finish it, I will gladly welcome it home. I don't mind waiting!
There is also a companion album where I have included more process photos and work done by both Sharon and I, in my nature themed AB. You'll find it here.
thanks for visiting!
My photos are sharing only a few of the art journals and altered books around here . . .
I did not want the stack to topple over! Right click on the photo and again if there is a plus sign, for a juicier look.
|You are looking at the first book I ever altered, back in 2001 - 10 years ago.|
|Some of these books are collaborations and some are samples for my altered book classes.|
|I made more than one stack -I could not resist!|
|A recent art journal from 2011 in the back, an altered book class sample, a collaborative exchange I am still involved with, a Vintage glue book, a book from a class with Kelly Kilmer . . . .|
|My most recent art journal, a class sample book, a vintage gluebook and my first altered book.|
I have been busy for some time almost every day for a week now, working on an altered book collaboration I am doing with Sharon Borsavage of Livewire Jewelry. If you are not familiar with Sharon's jewelry or mixed media art, I urge you to go get familiar! She is so awesome. We started our collaboration almost 2 years ago and have been working in each other's altered books with out any deadlines. I have just finished a number of pages in my altered book and I'm sending it to Sharon now for her to work on as she likes, finish up and send home to me. I already have Sharon's book here in my possession and will start working on a few pages soon so I can send her book back home to her! They are both beautiful already, each filled with both of our art.
I will share a few pages with you, but suggest you go visit the set of photos I have called Altered Book Collaboration. You will see more of the step-by-step photos there and you can even look at the photos as a slideshow if you prefer. ; ^ )
|part of a new page I did this week. I love the quote, click for details!|
|new page spread in my book, by me|
that is my great uncle's painting in the middle on the right.
|my page on the left, sharon's on the right : ^ ))|
|I did this today, then reorganized my ink pads! (Direct to paper ink technique)|
|These photos are of Sharon's Zinnia's. I copied them |
and printed them onto the book pages (after removing them!)
|sharon's work in my book -beautiful!|
I was thinking about the difference between working in and art journal and working in an altered book while I was doing this creative work this week. It is not too different for me . . . here, I have old music pages as my base. When I work in my art journal I have plain paper, most recently water color paper which allows a lot of wet paint for me! I did do a little bit of journaling on my sea grape leaves page in my altered book . . . but I found I was starting to do a lot more writing in my art journal. I miss it a bit, so I may just need to do a page in my art journal soon. My art journal is almost complete (2nd one!) just a couple more spreads. I am so, so glad that giving that up on a daily basis, allowed me the time and inspiration to return to this exchange with Sharon, so it is all working out. Do you work in an art journal as well as an altered book? Any thoughts? Do you enjoy one more than the other?? Leave me a comment if you feel like it, I'd love to hear from you! ; ^ ) lenna
|I can't wait to share what I've been making with you -|
and how I did it, of course! : ^ )