Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Journal Experiments

I've been flat out buried in various projects, family staying on holidays with us, then a virus and have only now realised how long it has been since I have posted on the blog. Doesn't time just wizz away when life gets busy! After being ill for a few weeks the creative mojo was barely able to be scraped up to lie around the house with me. Lots of ideas spinning around in there and zero energy to do anything about it! However I did manage to drag my journalling bits out to the couch and the mojo and I spent some time in the prone position playing with our journal and watching a few movies (in between bouts of virus wrestling)! I'm always spinning ideas around in my head and after accumulating a pile of loose but completed pages realised they needed some sort of home, so decided to create a book binding to put them all into. I know I should have made the book first, but I was flat out holding a piece of paper let alone a book when the virus frst attacked and so everything sorta ended up being done backwards.
I've long been a fan of Teesha Moore's fabulous journal work, so decided to take a leaf or ten from her style to create the covers. I had loads of fabric lying around (I'm in the middle of a fab project with that but we'll talk about that another time) so decided to create fabric covers for the book. I've painted and collaged directly onto raw calico to construct the covers then doodled to my hearts content in between movies, virus wrestling and sleep and am quite happy with the end result.

The outer front cover.




and the inner front cover.




Yes, leave your reality elsewhere and welcome to my world!

I have placed heavy cardboard between the fabric layers before sewing them together to form the front cover and the whole works well. The calico becomes quite stiff after numerous layers of paints, collage and inks, but flexible enough to sew with ease.

Anyway that's the front covers done, I'll show you how it all works out when I finish sewing the rest together.
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11 comments:

Svetlana said...

Interesting covers, Kim. Very different from your usual style. I'm curious how it's going to advance. Hope you're feeling better.

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

How fun these covers are!You've done a wonderful job adapting to the style and all while wrestling the flu. I look forward to seeing what will be inside. The flu monster's been at our house too..wishing it would go hybernate somewhere far, far away from human kind!

La Dolce Vita said...

looks like you had great fun!! so different from your usual style! can't wait for the unreality under the covers!! LOL!!!xoxox

Jill Zaheer said...

Wow, love the energy and humor to your work. What a great idea to make the cover with material with a board inside. So sorry you haven't been feeling well- but all of that pent up energy has been adequately rewarded!! Thanks for visiting as well. Your thoughts are always so appreciated!!

Marie said...

If this is the work you do when you are sick, I can't wait to see what you come up with fully recovered! You are really soooo talented and I am so in awe of your writing style! Love your cover & in my humble opinion, it's better than the infamous Teesha!

alteredbits said...

these are so wonderful and fun and bright -- i LOVE them!! my current journal is backwards too. i started with one folded piece of paper, which turned to ten and now i'll do a cover, last. i think it's mroe fun that way. :)

i am so sorry to hear that you've been ill again. what is it with us and these viruses this year? we need to kick their arses! hugs to you and let's chat soon!

p.s. i'm breaking from pulp tonight to work on my journal. thank you for the inspiration. :)

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

not sure if the comment i just left 'made it through' - love these covers and your creative mind!

Dawn said...

Hope your feeling much better I like the pages the genie idea is very good

love Dawn xx

rivergardenstudio said...

Dear Kim, these pages are wonderful, so colorful and whimsical and full of energy and life... I am so glad you are back and feeling better. And I can hardly wait to see what new thing you create... sending wishes for more unreality... roxanne

Debrina said...

Hello Kim- I missed this posting until now! I love these pages, very Teesha Moorish but with a Kim slant to them. Fun and colour and creativity really does mean you have to leave your reality at the door!

Lisa said...

somehow i missed this post too though i've been busy pulping your fabulous book! love the color and humor on these pages..just what the doctor ordered! hope you're feeling better!!