Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bowl Making

Yesterday I spent much of my day working on bowl making.  
I started them many months ago, and they have waited patiently for my return.   
I managed to finish 2, and prepped four more. 

These bowls are made from egg carton pulp 
that is covered with layers of tea bag paper and paint 
before being decorated. 
The final coat is a layer of encaustic wax. 

I have a plan for this one.....

but this one will just happen as I go along. 

I was planning to work on these today, but the day was sunny.....

and the mountains called me. 

Maybe I will work on them tomorrow.....

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Refillable Notebooks - Take 2

Here are two more refillable notebooks that I recently completed. 

The covers on these are much more complex than the last ones I posted about. 
These covers have layers of paper, fabric, collage, paint and wax
- that in the end makes a supple yet sturdy cover. 

Inside are a variety of pages - some decorated, some from old books and some plain. 

The pages can be removed from the book, and new pages inserted whenever needed.  
These books each hold 2 signatures of pages, so are thicker than the previous ones I made. 

The cover has a small flap on the right hand side 
that folds over the pages when the book is closed.  

Here you can see the entire cover - the front, the back and the flap  
 - now time for the pages. 

All ready to be written, drawn or glued into!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Junk Style Journals

I finally have a few of these junk style journals put together. 

It took a bit of time, since I decorated 
many of the pages that are going into these books. 

Once the pages were decorated, I sewed an assortment of pages into signatures.  

I made flexible but sturdy covers that I decorated, and stitched the spine so that it can hold the pages.  

These journals are designed to be refillable. 
Stitched together pages can be secured into the cover, 
and can be replaced with new pages whenever needed. 

I made a couple of small sized books

which hold the sewn together signature of decorated pages.

These are the larger sized journal,
and they too hold one signature of decorated pages that can be replaced when needed.  

On the inside cover the books have a pocket
to hold bits and pieces that can be glued onto the pages. 

The pages are decorated in a variety of ways, 

or are pages out of old books.

And when closed these journals have an elastic that wraps around and secures them.  

I still have a couple of other different but similar journals that are in the works..... 
hopefully I can share them with you soon. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

eenie, meenie, miney, moe...

I have so many things started in my little studio. 

It seems I am good at starting things right now, but not finishing them. 

I have these half made paper bowls, just waiting for me to play with them ....

I also have some pretty papers sewn onto plain paper.....

and some metal pieces stamped with leaves.... 
this needed to happen before our leaves were gone for the year 

and while I was at it I thought I better stamp some rocks

and then this piece of fabric caught my eye....

and although I am not sure why,
 a roll of wire decided to join in the fun. 

So, I have given myself strict instructions....
no new projects can get started before I finish some of these. 

I know myself better than to say I have to finish ALL of them :) 

I hope to share a finished project soon!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Summer's Over.....

Yes summer is over, and so is fall, 
so I spent this snowy day remembering some places
I enjoyed this summer..... 

Oh what fun we had!!!
My plan is to share some creative things in a few days....