When I am in a creative slump, I tend to cruise around on the ‘net and lots on Flickr, finding new (to me) and beautiful artwork of all types to inspire me. Lately I have come across tons of fabric covered art journals of all kinds. I’ve looked at them on Etsy, too…but MAN ‘O MAN, they are ex*pen*sive (albeit, worth every penny) and we all know I am as broke as can be right now, but window shopping is always fun.
Anyway, I couldn’t help but be inspired, though. It really got my creative juices churning and my wheels turning. (LOL at my little rhyme there.)
So, I pulled out the old sewing machine (well, it’s actually pretty new since it seldom ever gets used, but you know what I mean), my boxes of fabric scraps, some FABULOUS watercolor paper (Fabriano Artistico 140 lb hot press) and started this little experiment
in my laboratory, ahem, in my studio.
I had no set plan, no picture in my head of a pretty finished piece, just an idea that I wanted to play around with and see where the idea and the feeling of needing to be creative took me…and here’s where it led:
This is the front while it’s closed but I still have to figure out what kind of closure I want to put on it…a long strap to wrap around? A button and button-hole? An elastic hoop to hook around a button? I dunno but I’ll figure something out today. I am really loving it and all the bright, vivid colors; the soft feel of the quilted fabric. Mmmmm!
I couldn’t resist including a little heart on the front as a little accent and who can resist a pink one against a dark black background? Yeah, I think it really sets off the front of my little quilted journal experiment. *smile*
I lined the inside with a burgundy cotton to give the inside a solid color interior…plus, the crazy quilting I did really shows up splendidly on the solid color, too.
Opened all the way, you can see the wonderful paper I chose to use and the varying widths I cut and folded them to in order to give some interest. There are 3 signatures with a total of 20 pages (giving a total of 40 sides) so this journal should last me a while.
Speaking of the paper I used, I have never used the Fabriano watercolor paper but Teesha Moore has preached it’s virtues forever and then a couple of months back I caught some on sale and grabbed it up just to try it out.
I know it’s not Supply Saturday so I won’t do a review of the Fabriano here but after having worked with this awesome paper yesterday as i made this journal I have to tell you all how really fabulous it really is, so be sure and check back in with me Saturday. I really want to tell you all about why this really is the best paper I’ve ever laid my hands on in my life!
Now, I only have to figure out what kind of closure I’m going to use and my other “problem” is figuring out how to bind my signatures into the quilted cover. Hmmmm…it’s all about using ingenuity and creativity to figure these things out, right? Oh, and taking suggestions from your friends….so, suggestions, anyone? LOL
Now, I only managed to get about 2 1/2 hours sleep last night thanks to a 98 degree sunny day yesterday and a not so air tight house built in the 1930’s…well, let’s just say that I don’t sleep so well while tossing and turning in a pool of my own sweat…so I’m going back to bed for a while or I’ll feel like crap all day. UGH!
Thanks for your comments on Supply Saturday. I appreciate it so much. Just knowing you’re reading makes writing so much more fun.
Peace & Love,